15 Salads You'll Be Psyched to Eat
Why do salads at a restaurant seem to taste better than ho-hum homemade ones? It's probably time to branch out and mix some simple yet fancy ingredient combinations, like fruits, nuts, and cheeses, with those greens. Give these bistro-worthy salad recipes a try for a lunchtime pick-me-up or your next dinner party.
Bread Salad with Gorgonzola
Use up your day-old bread in this hearty salad of tomatoes, basil, roasted red peppers, and creamy blue cheese.
Pear and Grape Salad
A salad with pears, grapes, and cucumbers is both fun and refreshing — perfect for a hot day.
Mixed Mushroom, Scallion, and Orange Salad
The blend of earthy mushrooms, crisp scallions, and sweet oranges is divine in this fruit and veggie salad. Red pepper flakes add a little kick.
Goat Cheese, Beet, and Pistachio Salad
Goat cheese has become a popular ingredient in bistro salads. If it's not your favorite, try replacing it with feta or blue cheese. Almost any cheese will do in this peppery arugula salad.
Carrot, Apple, and Cabbage Salad
This colorful apple-and-cabbage salad has Asian flare — a far cry from bagged lettuce with bottled salad dressing.
Transport yourself to France with this speedy version of a classic Mediterranean salad. The tuna and beans will give you a lasting energy-boost. (You can also try this Niçoise pasta salad.)
Baby Gem Lettuce with Blue Cheese and Beets
Any big leafy lettuce — such as gem, romaine, bibb, Boston, butter, or iceberg — can serve as a cup to hold tasty salad ingredients, like beets and a gorgonzola-yogurt dressing.
Avocado, Tomato, and Mozzarella Salad
Some of the best salads are less about greens and more about chunks of your favorite vegetables. Hass avocados are always a great starting point for a hearty, lettuce-less salad.
Carrot and Orange Salad
This bright, citrusy watercress salad will call to you on a hot summer day, but it's equally great at a dinner party or Easter luncheon.
Spinach, Pear, and Endive Salad
Crisp Belgian endive are paired with red pears and a mustard vinaigrette in this elegant recipe.
Tuscan Bread Salad
Because bread salad is soon to be your favorite, here's another hearty version. This one is a classic Italian panzanella, with cucumbers, red onions, and plum tomatoes.
Grilled Vegetables and Spinach Salad
Is it a grilling kind of night? Keep it healthy with a bed of baby spinach topped with grilled eggplant, peppers, zucchini, asparagus, and artichokes (or any of your favorites).
Greek Tomato and Feta Salad
Traditional Greek salad has no lettuce. Be authentic with this substantial mix of tomatoes, cucumbers, olives, and feta cheese.
There's a chance this was one of your grandparent's favorite salads. The mix of apples, celery, walnuts, and lemony mayonaisse is somehow both folksy and fancy. Try it on a bed of greens.
Radish and Arugula Salad
Remember, you can make some pretty amazing salads with only a few ingredients. To shake up your salad routine, don't think too hard. Grab some greens, a chunky or crispy vegetable, and some lemon juice, olive oil, and vinegar, and you're good to go!