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Healthy Salads

By Staff

If you crave an endless supply of freshly harvested greens then you’ve come to the right place. Whether you’re looking for a spring, summer, fall or winter salad, we have delicious recipes and inspirational ideas you’ll love. Even when greens are at their peak, our favorite go-to salads can get boring. Take advantage of greens’ wide array of textures, flavors and colors to create an almost limitless number of yummy meal combinations with our help!

Salad Basics

Below we feature some of our best articles about salad greens throughout the years. Learn how to identify the best greens for your salad and how to plant a salad garden for easy access to fresh greens. We even have gardening tips to ensure you grow the best quality greens, and an abundance of recipes–including recipes for dressings and vinaigrettes, grain salads and fruit salads–to try at home.


A Field Guide to Salad Greens

From the bitter bite of zesty arugula to the cool, crisp crunch of iceberg, our guide to greens will help you use any local harvest to build a better salad.

Build a foundation for limitless taste combinations.


The Salad Lover’s Garden Plan

If you crave an endless supply of spicy, savory, bitter and crisp leaves that make a truly great salad, then this garden plan is perfect for you.

Enjoy fresh homegrown flavors soon by starting an early salad garden now.


10 Tips for Your Salad Garden

Perfect for new gardeners, salad greens are among the easiest and quickest garden crops to grow. Learn how to take advantage of the seasons and more.

Grow the best salad garden possible with these 10 tips.

Homemade Salad Dressings


Ranch Dressing

For the best flavor, use real, cultured buttermilk; full-fat mayonnaise; and thick, tangy sour cream.

See the recipe.


Green Goddess Vinaigrette

This garlicky take on the classic dressing is perfect over crisp romaine and is best prepared at least a day in advance.

See the recipe.


More Salad Dressing Recipes

Making homemade dressing is a breeze. Try one of these recipes at home.

Blue Cheese Dressing; Italian DressingRoasted Tomato Vinaigrette; Rhubarb Vinaigrette

Our Best Salad Recipes


Mizuna Salad with Cauliflower

Make a sweet and spicy side dish with cumin-roasted cauliflower and mizuna, a mildly peppery salad green.

See the recipe.


Arugula, Pear and Pecan Salad

Fresh spring greens take center stage in this flavorful salad alongside a tangy apple cider vinaigrette

See the recipe.


Tuscan Kale Chopped Salad

Sturdy Tuscan kale leaves keep well, making this salad great for packed lunches or a potluck dish that needs to travel.

See the recipe.


Caprese Salad

This medley of mozzarella, basil and vinegar may be simple to make, but it doesn’t skimp on flavor.

See the recipe.


Zucchini Ribbon Salad

Cooked shallots and toasted bread crumbs add flavor and texture to this flavorful Italian salad that even a zucchini hater will like.

See the recipe.


Wheatberry Salad

This wintery salad is ideal for large gatherings or potlucks, as it keeps well and is super delicious at room temperature.

See the recipe.


Fish-Free Salad Nicoise

Filled with just as much protein, this vegetarian twist on a classic Niçoise salad doesn’t sacrifice any flavor.

See the recipe.


Fennel and Radish Salad

Fennel and radishes add a pleasant crunch to the first, tender greens of the season. Pair it with our Garlic-Mustard Vinaigrette.

See the recipe.


Garden Salad with Peaches

This refreshing southwestern salad plays well with the spiciness of chile con queso and calabacitas. Pair it with our Peach Vinegar.

See the recipe.


Greek Salad with Baby Mint, Oregano and Feta

Simple, fragrant dishes can call out to the senses and evoke visions of the past.

See the recipe.


Fennel-Spinach-Orange Salad

Fennel bulb lends a delicate anise flavor to this salad. Use as much fresh ginger in the dressing as your taste dictates.

See the recipe.


Super Spring Salad

Light, fresh and visually stunning, this spring salad is easy to make. Try the ginger dressing recipe for a flavorful topping.

See the recipe.


Shrimp Salad

This fresh, crisp salad recipe tastes most pungent with our homemade Creamy Horseradish Dressing.

See the recipe.



Avocado and Tomato Salad

This beautiful, flavorful salad is loaded with antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins A and C, and fiber.

See the recipe.



Apple Walnut Salad

Flavor this salad with fresh mint–spearmint or lemon mint tastes best. Then choose a mixture of apples–some tart, some sweet.

See the recipe.


Salads with Herbs

Flavorful Herbs for Salads

Any herb that’s edible can be tossed in a salad. They are a great way to enhance taste, texture and nutritional value.

Herb Salad for Osteoporosis

Do your bones a favor and make this calcium- and magnesium-rich Bone-Strengthening Salad.

Lavender Festival Salad

This summer salad features a tangy lavender dressing so versatile you will want to make extra for dipping veggies.

Salads with Grains


Crunch Wild Rice Salad

If you’re searching for a flavorful salad for the holiday table, this is just the dish. It’s both snappy and refreshing.

African Millet Salad

This delicious African Millet Salad uses whole grains alongside corn and peppers for a healthy lunch or side dish.

Whole Wheat Orzo Salad

Put a couple of heads of broccoli to good use in this Whole Wheat Orzo Salad recipe with our homemade broccoli pesto.

Fruit Salads


Superfruit Salad

Flexible enough to accommodate in-season fruits, this fruit salad makes it easy to get a full day’s serving of produce in one sitting.

Strawberry, Cantaloupe and Basil Salad

This herb- and fruit-infused salad tastes great with yogurt spooned on top.

Minted Melon Salad

Serve this delectably light, minted melon salad for a sunlit summer brunch or an afternoon luncheon.
  • Updated on Jun 24, 2021
  • Originally Published on Jan 30, 2014
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