50+ of the Best Salad Recipes (healthy & FUN!)


With the end of summer around the corner and pumpkin spice lattes already in full force, it’s time to celebrate one last roundup with fresh, delicious salad recipes. Are you picturing boring, wilted greens with minimal toppings and dollops of ranch? You know I wouldn’t do that to you.

We have over 50 (yes, 5-0) of the best salad recipes here on Ambitious Kitchen that will seriously make you forget you’re eating a salad. Each recipe is filled with unique flavors, bright colors, and wonderful textures, not to mention plenty of fiber and protein to keep you satisfied. When I say no boring salads here, I truly mean it.

I structured this roundup so that you can skip your $15 Sweet Green order and pick your base + ingredients right here! You’ll find quinoa salads, pasta salads, ones with a spinach base, broccoli base, and even ones without leafy greens at all. These creative salad recipes are perfect for your meal prep lunches and dinners, but unique and fun enough to bring as a side for your next party or potluck.

Get ready for some lunch envy from roommates, coworkers, or husbands. I denoted each recipe as vegan (V) and vegetarian (Veg.), too, so that you can easily find what you’re looking for. While you’re at it, be sure to check out our fav healthy salad dressings, too. Enjoy!

cauliflower quinoa salad on a plate

Quinoa Salads

Roasted Carrot Cauliflower Quinoa Salad with Sunshine Dressing

Vibrant Curry Cashew Chickpea Quinoa Salad

Avocado Blueberry Quinoa Salad

Famous Crunchy Cashew Thai Quinoa Salad {vegan & gluten-free}

Fresh Strawberry Basil Quinoa Salad with Goat Cheese, Sunflower Seeds & Lemon Vinaigrette

Fiesta Mango Black Bean Quinoa Salad

Kale, Edamame & Quinoa Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

Thai Chicken Quinoa Salad with Peanut Dressing

One Pot Moroccan Chickpea Quinoa Salad

Balsamic Chicken Berry Quinoa Salad

Roasted Veggie, Chickpea & Pesto Quinoa Salad

Cranberry Pecan Quinoa Salad with Honey-Orange Dressing

Green Goddess Tuna Quinoa Salad

Sweet Potato Quinoa Salad with Cherries, Goat Cheese + Candied Walnuts

Strawberry & Mango Chopped Spinach Quinoa Salad with Sesame-Lime Vinaigrette

healthy chicken bacon pasta salad on a platter

Pasta Salads

Grilled Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

Vegan Caesar Pasta Salad

Damn Good BLT Pasta Salad with Creamy Jalapeño Cashew Dressing

Peach, Tomato & Corn Arugula Pasta Salad

Street Corn Pasta Salad with Cilantro Pesto + Goat Cheese

Avocado & Tomato Chickpea Pasta Salad with Lemon Basil Vinaigrette

avocado strawberry spinach salad in a bowl

Spinach, Arugula & Mixed Green Salads

Summer Strawberry Spinach Salad with Avocado

Avocado Peach Tomato Salad with Dilly Tahini Dressing

Everything Spring Green Salad with Basil Lemon Vinaigrette

Roasted Sweet Potato, Pear & Pomegranate Spinach Salad

Winter Roasted Butternut Squash Black Lentil Salad with Grapes + Arugula

Summer Peach Spinach Salad with Avocado, Toasted Almonds + Goat Cheese

Roasted Sweet Potato & Arugula Salad with Turmeric Honey Mustard Yogurt Dressing

30 Minute Honey Garlic Salmon with Apple Dijon Green Salad

sweet potato kale salad in a bowl topped with avocado

Kale Salads

California Roasted Sweet Potato Kale Salad

Summer Glow Chopped Kale Salad

Butternut Squash and Kale Salad with Pomegranate, Toasted Almonds + Goat Cheese

Kale Rainbow Detox Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette {vegan, gluten free}

broccoli chickpea salad in a bowl

Broccoli Salads

Vegan Curried Broccoli Chickpea Salad

Spicy Cashew Thai Chickpea Broccoli Salad

Healthy Summer Broccoli Salad

Chickpea Apple Broccoli Salad with Honey Dijon Dressing

healthy chopped chicken salad in a bowl

Brussels Sprouts & Cabbage Salads

Spicy Ranch Chopped Chicken Cabbage Salad

Peach Brussels Sprouts Crunch Salad with Creamy Tahini Poppy Seed Dressing

Cashew Crunch Shredded Brussels Sprouts Salad

Italian Chopped Brussels Sprouts Salad

Warm Brussels Sprouts Salad

Winter Butternut Squash Brussels Sprouts Caesar Salad

Chopped Thai Chickpea Salad with Curry Peanut Dressing

Shredded Brussels Sprouts & Kale Salad with Apple, Gorgonzola & Candied Pecans

healthy chicken taco salad on a platter

Romaine Salads

Gaby’s Chicken Taco Salad

Vegan Caesar Salad

Chicken Kale Waldorf Salad with Avocado & Goat Cheese

Greek Chickpea Chicken Salad

Vegetarian Southwest Sweet Potato Taco Bowls with Avocado Ranch Dressing

Summer Chicken Chopped Salad with Strawberries, Avocado + Feta

Southwest Chicken Salad with Chipotle Greek Yogurt Dressing

Healthy Chicken Chickpea Chopped Salad

healthy greek yogurt chicken salad in lettuce cups on a platter

Chickpea, Tuna & Chicken Salads

15-Minute Healthy Moroccan-Spiced Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad

The Easiest Chopped Greek Chickpea Salad

Vegan Curry Chickpea Salad Collard Wraps

Roasted Sweet Potato Black Bean Salad with Pineapple Corn Salsa

Vegan Pecan Apple Chickpea Salad Wraps

Honey Mustard Apple Tuna Salad

Curry Roasted Cauliflower Sweet Potato Salad

Easy Mediterranean Pesto Chickpea Salad

I hope you love these amazing, healthy salad recipes! If you try one be sure to leave a comment and a rating on the post so I know how you liked it. Enjoy, xo!



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