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Yeahright's avatar

Care to share your fave salad?

Asked by Yeahright (2759points) July 22nd, 2015

I am trying to have a salad for dinner every day and I am short on ideas and would like to have a different salad every time.
It seems to me that when I put too many ingredients, they get lost in the mix.
How many ingredients should a good salad have?
Can you share a site that has great salad recipes?
What is your fave salad?

Thanks in advance.

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marinelife's avatar

In the summer, I love a nice pasta salad. With cubed meat (salami or ham are nice), onions, sliced green olives, halved cherry tomatoes, raw zucchini, diced red or yellow bell peppers, dressed with mayonnaise, salt, pepper, and a chiffonade of fresh basil.

Yeahright's avatar

^Sounds yummy will definitely add it to my repertoire. Had to look up chiffonade :) and that’s how I chop my basil for one of my faves: Caprese salad.

Coloma's avatar

My fav. and super easy is sliced cucumbers, halved cherry tomatoes and black olives with a red wine vinegarette or italian dressing. You can also add diced avocados. Easy and delicious, I make it almost every night lately as we have tons of tomatoes and cucumbers in our garden right now.

Pachy's avatar

I love all kinds of salads, but my favorite is this simple one: Italian Blend and cherry tomatoes topped with crumbled feta or goat cheese, oil and Balsamic vinegar for dressing. Oh, and sometimes I sweeten it up a bit with Mandarin orange slices.

Tropical_Willie's avatar

Carrot and Raisin Salad

Mix all in a bowl, chill and serve.

1 and half cups – carrots shredded
½ cup – raisins
¼ cup – mayonnaise
1 Tablespoon – raw honey
½ teaspoon – cardamom
1 Tablespoon – milk

Apparently_Im_The_Grumpy_One's avatar

Does taco salad count?

Anyway, for a normal salad.. sometimes it’s best (for me) to just have some nice fresh garden greens (not iceberg lettuce) with some type of vinaigrette. Being able to taste the flavors of some of the greens out there is better than making some kind of complex dish.

Pachy's avatar

@Tropical_Willie, your salad sounds delish. Just wish i liked carrots in my salad.

Tropical_Willie's avatar

@Pachy It is a carrot salad but not; my sons liked it and they were not carrot fans.

notforyoudude's avatar

I love a Dino Kale salad. There’s a great one from The Plant Cafe Organic here in San Francisco. Here are a few recipes for different versions.

Coloma's avatar

@notforyoudude I grew Kale in my garden last year, it has grown to alien proportions, a monstrosity of nutrients but even my ducks and geese won’t eat the stuff. lol
That kale salad with the pistachios looks intriguing.

JLeslie's avatar

My new favorite for summer is sliced cucumber, sliced carrots, romain or mixed sweet greens, plus my husband adds sliced radish and tomatoes.

In the bottom of a bowl I put juice from half a lime, tablespoon of Maille Dijon mustard, tablespoon of finely diced shallot, salt, pepper, mix all together, and then a tablespoon of oil (it really should be two, but I try to keep things low fat. Add the veggies, toss very well.

I don’t use a lot of lettuce, it’s incorporated in almost equal amounts as the other veggies.

For a sweet salad I like spring mix with sliced apples, walnuts, and Paul Newman’s walnut raspberry low fat vinaigrette.

Kardamom's avatar

I’ve got some great recipes that I will post tomorrow. I’m so tired right now that I can barely keep my eyes open.

I try to make at least 2 specialty salads per week. I love yummy salads.

I shall leave you with one for tonight. I’ve made this one about 5 times over the last 3 months, I like it so much. I leave the cheese out of it, though. It really doesn’t need it, but if you like Parmesan, go ahead and leave it in. I’ve made it with different veggies mixed in, including the Brussels sprouts from the original recipe. Yesterday I made it again with Korean radishes. I’ve also made it with carrots, and golden beets. Pretty much any root vegetable adds a nice touch, with a slightly different flavor with each veggie you try. This is Raw Kale Salad with Tahini and Maple Syrup Dressing

Until tomorrow…

Pachy's avatar

How can you go wrong with a salad those krazy Kardashians like?

Coloma's avatar

^^^ Well one things for sure, if I witnessed one of the Kardashians choking on a piece of pickled ginger I would not apply the Hiemlich maneuver. lol

si3tech's avatar

My mom used to make an avocado grapefruit salad (using canned grapefruit sections in its own juice) with a dressing of miracle whip with a dash of ketchup in it and a pinch of sugar. Unusual and so good!

Blueroses's avatar

I am also prone to adding “too many notes” (Emperor Joseph in Amadeus)

I discovered a simple and fresh tasting pasta salad – mostly because I didn’t have any mayo. It was a happy accident.

Fresh tumeric root: grated
Fresh ginger root: grated
zest and juice of one lemon
zest and juice of one orange
dash of balsalmic vinegar
Salt and black pepper
-whip with a few tablespoons of anything creamy (sour cream, mayo, cream cheese, yogurt)

Cooked pasta
chopped celery
chopped green onions
chopped parsley
chopped mint leaves

Don’t add anything else unless it’s a little more salt or pepper.

Kardamom's avatar

Sorry I took so long to get back here. Where shall we start?

Grain Salads

Quinoa Salad with Mango, Cucumber, Black Beans, and Avocado

Quinoa Salad with Pecans and Cranberries

Quinoa Salad with Pistachios and Sundried Tomatoes:CookinCanuck(Cookin%27+Canuck)

Wheat Berry Salad with Cranberries, Green Onions, and Feta Cheese


Salads with Fruit

Mango, Avocado, and Arugula Salad

Strawberry Orange Spinach Salad

Pear and Pomegranate Salad with Gorgonzola Cheese

Chopped Apple Salad with Endive, Blue Cheese, and Walnuts

Green Papaya Salad

Vegetable Salads

Southwestern Salad with Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette

Greek Salad with Lemon Garlic Dressing

Potato Salad with Chipotle, Garlic, Mustard Dressing

Cauliflower ‘Potato’ Salad

Cauliflower Tabouli

Carrot Tahini Salad with Spiced Chickpeas

Hungarian Cucumber Salad

Cabbage Salad with Cilantro

Spring Pea and Radish Salad

Lemony Roasted Potato Salad

Herbed Tofu Salad

Tangy Purple Cabbage Salad

Mexican Cabbage Salad

Lemony Beet and Feta Cheese Salad

Raw Squash Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette

Italian Panzanella Bread Salad

Salad Rolls

Asian-Style Salads

Thai Kale Salad with Coconut Lime Dressing

Thai Mango Salad

Miso Ginger Coleslaw

Chopped Thai Salad with Sesame Garlic Dressing

Broccoli Slaw with Miso Ginger Dressing

Asian Cabbage Slaw with Ginger Peanut Dressing

Salads with Beans

Mexican Bean Salad

Antipasto White Bean Salad

Cilantro Lime Chickpea Salad

Black Bean, Corn, and Edamame Salad with Cilantro Lime Dressing

Four Bean Salad

Butternut Squash and Smoky Black Bean Salad

Noodle and Pasta Salads

Macaroni Salad

Orzo Salad with Kale Pesto

Caprese Orzo Salad:TheBakedLife(the+baked+life)

Israeli Cous Cous with Parsley and Shallots

Asian Noodle Salad in a Jar

Soba Noodle Salad with Pistachios

Italian-style Pasta Salad with Sundried Tomatoes, Olives, Spinach and Feta Cheese

Mexican-style Pasta Salad

Southwestern Pasta Salad with Creamy Avocado Dressing

Cold Soba Noodle Salad with Edamame, and Soy Dressing

Delicious Salads with Un-common Veggies

Kohlrabi Salad

Kohlrabi Kimchi Salad

Rutabaga, Chayote, and Apple Salad

Shredded Brussels Sprouts Salad with Maple Balsamic Dressing

Shaved Fennel Salad

Salad with Celery Root, Beets, Fennel, Goat Cheese, and Microgreens

Jicama Salad

Roasted Parsnip and Chestnut Salad


dubsrayboo's avatar

Me and my daughter’s favorite salad is a Cous cous salad.
Mix cooked cous cous, rinsed chickpeas, chopped red bell pepper (any color you like), crumbled feta and a bit of olive oil together. Add salt and pepper to taste.
So simple and so yummy.

Love_my_doggie's avatar

10 oz. spinach, torn into bite-sized pieces
1 qt. strawberries, sliced
½ cup sliced almonds
Raspberry salad dressing

This simple combination is summery, very healthful, and extremely quick and easy to prepare.

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