Spring produce means colorful and delicious salads for lunch and dinner. Here are a few of my favorite healthy salad recipes from my blog and a few others, too.
It’s spring. Did you know that it was spring? I sure didn’t. I mean, we got like 3 to 4 inches of snow last week. What’s up with that winter? You already left! Your gig was over. Or was this just a little postcard for us to remember you by?
Either way, it’s SUPPOSED to be spring. For me, that means farmers markets and fresh produce! Don’t you just love a good farmers market? I love all the different varieties of produce, the interesting selection of meats and cheese, and the total surprises like some new spice blend or olive oil. To me, that’s a good farmers market.
With fresh produce comes some deliciously healthy eating!
I love showcasing all that bright color and freshness in bowls of healthy salad recipes for the family to have for dinner. We have salads of all kinds. From Tex-Mex steak salad with chipotle ranch dressing to this Cuban steak and corn salad. I know. You’re thinking, “why so many steak salads?” Not to worry, I have a bright and flavorful lemon dill orzo shrimp salad and a fried chicken salad. Heck, I’d even make one for lunch on the weekends if I have the chance. And since we’re trying to eat healthier, we see more and more salads in our future.
So, we thought I’d put together some delicious healthy salad recipes to arm you with plenty if ideas on how to use that farm fresh produce for lunch or dinner! Some of them are topped with delicious, lean proteins and some of them contain fiber rich grains for an added layer of healthy to these salads.
Strawberry Chicken Spinach Salad
There’s still time to get some Florida strawberries! When you find them, you can make my simple and delicious Strawberry Chicken Spinach Salad topped with rotisserie chicken. The strawberry dressing makes this salad taste fresh and vibrant!
Alabama Cobb Salad
I basted my chicken breasts in Alabama white barbecue sauce for this Alabama Cobb Salad. She placed it on top of some crisp greens along with sweet tomatoes, sliced avocado, hominy, and some Colby cheese. Her salad is healthier by using low fat ingredients and heart healthy avocados.
Grilled Shrimp Salad Nicoise
Succulent grilled shrimp, tender Dutch baby potatoes, crisp cooked green beans, crunchy red onions, and heart friendly hard oiled eggs are combine in this hearty entree salad. With a typical dijon vinaigrette this Grilled Shrimp Salad Nicoise will satisfy even your most ravenous hunger.
Calypso Caribbean Cobb Salad
I grilled some chicken with a kicked up calypso barbecue sauce for this salad. Something with a spicy kick like that needed some tropical pineapple and hearts of palm. This calypso caribbean cobb salad has a sweet heat of the caribbean that you will love.
Palatable Pastime made this Lyonnaise Salad which is a simple French salad with pancetta, fried or poached egg and frisee lettuce and sourdough toasts. It’s perfect for a Brunch.
Easy Shrimp Avocado Salad with Tomatoes and Feta
Succulent shrimp swim with tomatoes, feta, and avocado in this salad from Savory Tooth. Her Easy Shrimp Avocado Salad with Tomatoes and Feta can be made ahead of time! This is perfect to whip up the night before for a delicious work lunch the next day.
Vietnamese Beef Noodle Salad (Bun Bo Xao)
Delightful Plate packed her healthy salad recipe with fresh herbs and lean beef. Vietnamese Beef Noodle Salad, Bun Bo Xao in Vietnamese, is easy to make as a lunch or light dinner salad. Top with the lime fish sauce dressing just before serving.
Fresh and Easy Green Lentil Salad Recipe
Salt and Lavender says that her Fresh and Easy Green Lentil Salad Recipe keeps in the fridge for a couple of days making it a perfect cook once and eat a few times recipe. Since lentils can be rather bland, she kicks up her flavors with cucumber, red onion, mint, capers, and other delicious ingredients.
Grilled Romaine Caesar Salad with Garlic Chicken Sausage
Taste and See not only used grilled sausages in her Caesar, but she grilled the romaine, too! Her Grilled Romaine Caesar Salad with Garlic Chicken Sausage is a delicious twist of it’s namesake. The best part is it can be on the table in under 15 minutes!
Easy Healthy Taco Salad Recipe with Ground Beef
This healthy salad recipe from Wholesome Yum makes enough six large servings of low carb, healthy goodness. Her Easy Healthy Taco Salad Recipe with Ground Beef can easily be customized with your own spin using your favorite vegetable, salsa, and taco seasonings.
Spiralized Cucumber Summer Salad
Pass Me Some Tasty kicked up her Spiralized Cucumber Summer Salad with some tropical flavors. She put some avocado, mango, and lime. It’s a cool, refreshing, and delicious side dish or lunch salad. Add some grilled chicken or fish and make it an entrée salad.
Flat Iron Steak Salad and Homemade Steak Sauce Salad Dressing
Big Bear’s Wife was surprised by a text message that included this healthy and delicious salad. BigBear had made this Flat Iron Steak Salad with Homemade Steak Sauce Salad Dressing and insisted it be shared on the blog. And we agree! It’s packed with delicious, lean beef and amazing flavors.
Nutty Ginger Tamari Quinoa Salad
Healthy World Cuisine Magazine takes us out of our kitchen and takes us to Asia. Their Nutty Ginger Tamari Quinoa Salad has tons of crunch with heart healthy nuts, delicious flavors with gluten-free tamari soy sauce, and protein rich quinoa. It can be served warm or cold and makes for a great lunch or light dinner.
Dandelion Puntarelle Salad
We couldn’t resist sharing one of the most interesting and different healthy salad recipes. People across the globe have eaten dandelion greens not just for taste but they have many health benefits. If you haven’t tried dandelion greens in your salad, give this Dandelion Puntarelle Salad from Bacon is Magic. It’s a remake of a delicious Italian salad.
Watermelon, Cucumber & Jicama Salad with Coconut Lime Dressing
This salad from The Rising Spoon is packed with hydrating ingredients and flavors of summer. Watermelon, Cucumber & Jicama Salad with Coconut Lime Dressing is packed with healthy ingredients and can be served as a side to grilled chicken or fish
Best Summer Fruit Salad Recipe
Fun Food and Frolic served up and quick and delicious fruit salad with lightly sweetened honey lemon dressing with mint. This Best Summer Fruit Salad Recipe is a rainbow of a fruit salad and one of our favorite healthy salad recipes.
Heart Healthy Avocado Mango Salad with Lime Poppy Seed Vinaigrette
Kudos Kitchen by Renee is looking out for us with this heart healthy salad. Full of omega-3 rich avocado, this Heart Healthy Avocado Mango Salad with Lime Poppy Seed Vinaigrette boasts big flavors and is very filling. For an interesting twist, she tops her salad with crunchy pistachios.
Chopped Oriental Chicken Salad
If you’re looking some Asian crunch to your lunch or entrée salad, try this Chopped Oriental Chicken Salad. Beyond the Chicken Coop packed it with vegetables like napa cabbage, cucumbers, and sugar snap peas. Then she topped it with an addictive Oriental dressing.
Either way you serve them up, health salad recipes can be served for lunch, a side, or a main entree. I hope some of these inspire you get a little more color onto your plate (or in your bowl). That is the weather would warm up so we can enjoy some fresh produce.