Salad Recipes

Great salad recipes have evolved because a salad is so much more than just lettuce with some dressing covering it. Salads can be cool or cold, warm or hot, and can be served as a side dish or the main meal. Different salads have uniquely different flavors, textures, and ingredients.

Classic potato salad and coleslaw are the perfect side dishes at picnics and barbecues. Waldorf salad and the colorful three bean salad are pretty additions at a party buffet table

We have dozens of delicious salad recipes from the all American potato salad and basic coleslaw to salads from other countries. Greek Salad, Antipasto Salad, and German potato salad have their roots in far away lands. Broccoli salad, Cajun coleslaw and California chicken salad are good old USA variations of their basic salad recipe counterparts.

Even fruits take center stage in some salad recipes, ending a meal on a lighter note with amazing flavor. Autumn fruit salad uses fruits found at the fall harvest, while the classic fruit salad recipe uses the abundance of summer fruit to create a colorful and flavorful salad. Ambrosia salad is a favorite anytime; its nostalgic appeal is a hit at any gathering.

Try a new salad recipe or any of the classics. With so many to choose from you'll be creating create fresh, flavorful salads no matter what the occasion.

Potato Salad Recipe

Potato Salad

Potato salad is a food that is served everywhere. It can be found on the restaurant menu, in the deli, purchased in containers at the supermarket and even homemade. We all have our favorite recipe...mom's potato salad.

This potato salad recipe is best when made the night before, allowing the flavors have time to mix and marinate.

If this isn't the recipe you need for your picnic or barbecue, we have 50 more salad recipes for you to choose from. Everything from different versions of potato salad, to fruit salads to coleslaw and salads you may have never heard of but will wow the crowd with. Go to the Salad Recipes section to get those delicious recipes!

Potato Salad

Ingredients:

8 medium potatoes, cooked and diced
1 1/2 cups mayonnaise
2 Tablespoons cider vinegar
2 Tablespoons sugar
1 Tablespoon yellow mustard
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 celery ribs, sliced
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
5 hard-boiled eggs, chopped
paprika

Directions:

1. Place diced cooked potatoes in a large bowl.

2. Mix mayonnaise, vinegar, sugar, mustard, salt, garlic and pepper in another bowl.

3. Add this mixture to the potatoes.

4. Add celery and onions, mix well.

5. Stir in chopped eggs.

6. Sprinkle paprika on top before serving.




Pasta Salad Recipe

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This is a tasty, easy, Italian/American pasta salad recipe. The spiral shaped pasta holds the flavor of the dressing in all those little rings. The dressing is loaded with zesty flavor that mixes perfectly with the vegetables.

Sure to be a hit with any meal, this pasta salad is expecially perfect for picnics and barbecues.

Pasta Salad

Ingredients:

Salad Ingredients:

2 cups cooked rotini pasta, drained (about 1 cup uncooked)
1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
1 cup cubed provolone cheese
1 carrot, cut into julienne strips
1/4 cup minced red onion
1 (2 1/4 oz.) can sliced pitted black olives
1/4 pound salami, chopped

Dressing Ingredients:

1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 Tablespoons red wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
3 to 4 Tablespoons finely chopped fresh basil, or to taste

Directions:

1. Combine pasta, red pepper, green pepper, cheese, carrot, onion, olives and salami in a large bowl.

2. Thoroughly mix the olive oil, vinegar, salt, pepper, sugar, mustard and basil in a small bowl.

3. Pour dressing mixture over pasta. Toss to coat.

4. Cover and refrigerate at leat 3 hours before serving.

 

 

 

Fruit Salad Recipe

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A favorite at picnics and cookouts, this fresh fruit salad recipe is a classic side dish to the tangy, salty main entrees.

Fresh summer fruits go perfectly with the Fruit Cream Dressing, making a luscious dessert that's easier on the waistline than traditional fat loaded cakes or pies.


Fruit Salad

Ingredients:

2 cups fresh seedless grapes , whole or cut depending on size
4 cups melon balls, cantaloupe or honeydew
4 cups nectarines or peaches, peeled & sliced
2 cups fresh blueberries
2 cups fresh strawberries
2 cups fresh pineapple chunks
1 cup sliced kiwi fruit

Directions:

1. Combine all fruits and chill.

2. Serve with Fruit Cream Dressing (recipe below).

 

Fruit Cream Dressing:

Ingredients:

1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
1 cup whipping cream
1/4 cup granulated sugar
Juice from 1 lemon
Pineapple juice

Directions:

1. Soften cream cheese, whip with powdered sugar.

2. In a separate bowl, combine whipping cream and sugar together, whip until it forms soft peaks.

3. Combine beaten cream cheese, whipped cream, and lemon juice; continue to beat, adding just enough pineapple juice to achieve desired consistency.

4. Serve with fresh fruit salad.

 

 

 

 

Macaroni Salad Recipe

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A great macaroni salad recipe to serve at any potluck, BBQ, or picnic; this is a classic. With hard-boiled eggs and a whole pound of elbow macaroni it makes enough to satisfy a crowd. The chopped pepper and celery contribute that nice crunch.

The combination of the mayonnaise and yellow mustard give this incredibly tasty macaroni salad the right amount of creaminess without it being too heavy.

If this isn't the recipe you need for your picnic or barbecue, we have 50 more salad recipes for you to choose from. Everything from different versions of potato salad, to fruit salads to coleslaw and salads you may have never heard of but will wow the crowd with. Go to the Salad Recipes section to get those delicious recipes!

Macaroni Salad

Ingredients:

1 pound cups uncooked elbow macaroni
6 hard-cooked eggs, chopped
3 stalks celery, chopped
1 green or red bell pepper, chopped
4 cups real mayonnaise
3 Tablespoons prepared yellow mustard
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon onion powder

Directions:

1. Bring a pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add macaroni, and cook for 8 to 10 minutes, until tender. Drain, and set aside to cool.

2. In a large bowl, stir together the eggs, celery, and pepper.

3. In a small bowl, stir together the mayonnaise, mustard, pepper, salt and onion powder.

4. Combine in the bowl with the eggs and vegetables, and stir in macaroni until well blended.

5. Cover and chill for at least 1 hour before serving.

 

 

 

 

Taco Salad Recipe

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Taco salad recipes have become more popular as tortillas have become a regular in our homes and at our table. Readily available, they are made with either flour or corn meal.

This taco salad recipe is an easy, quick and healthy alternative to those pricey fast food dinners. It is sure to be a hit with your family, especially the older kids!

Taco Salad

Ingredients:

1 pound lean ground beef
1 package taco seasoning mix
1/4 cup water
1 large head romaine lettuce, torn into pieces
1 1/2 cups chopped tomatoes
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
2 cups tortilla chips, coarsely crushed
1/2 cup sour cream
2 Tablespoons salsa

Directions:

1. Brown ground beef in large nonstick skillet sprayed with cooking spray on medium-high heat; drain.

2. Add taco seasoning mix and water to the ground beef; mix well.

3. Bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer 3 min.

4. Divide lettuce among four plates. On each plate, place in even amounts, the meat mixture, tomatoes, cheese and tortilla chips.

5. Top with sour cream and salsa.

 

 

 

 

Broccoli Salad Recipe

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Broccoli with its anti-cancer compounds is healthiest when consumed uncooked. However, it had been suggested that blanching the florets for a minute would still keep it firm while taking away that raw flavor.

This tasty broccoli salad recipe is a stunning addition to any main entrée. A favorite at picnics and barbecues, it's easy to make and filled with flavor and texture. If you mix this the night before, all the flavors can cure for the best taste.

Broccoli Salad

Ingredients:

1 large head broccoli, broken into small flowerettes
1 medium onion or about 1/2 cup chopped onion
8 to 10 slices bacon
1 cup mayonnaise
1/4 to 1/2 cup sugar
2 to 3 Tablespoons vinegar
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup nuts (optional)

 

Directions:

1. Cut bacon into bits and fry crisp.

2. Mix together mayonnaise, sugar, vinegar, bacon, raisins and nuts (if using).

3. Pour over broccoli and onions. Mix well.

4. Let stand at least 1 hour or more before serving.

 

 

 

Tuna Salad Recipe

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We all know the basic tuna salad recipe. Drain tuna; add mayo, salt and pepper. This recipe takes that tuna salad to another level. Its addition of hard-boiled eggs, relish, Dijon mustard and hot sauce, no longer is this your boring tuna salad sandwich.

Louisiana Hot sauce is the original hot sauce that has a moderate heat level so it's great for those with a lower tolerance.

Tuna Salad

Ingredients:

3 eggs, hard-boiled and chopped
2 Tablespoons dill relish
2 Tablespoons mayonnaise
1 teaspoon Louisiana hot sauce
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
6-1/2 oz. can tuna, drained

Directions:

1. Combine eggs and dill relish.

2. Add the rest of the ingredients except tuna, and mix well.

3. Add tuna. If the mixture is dry, add some more mayonnaise.

 

 

 

Cucumber Salad Recipe

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This cucumber salad recipe is a favorite salad at family gatherings. It's so light and refreshing and is a great topping to burgers in pita pockets. If eaten that way, it does get messy so grab a few extra napkins.

The combination of the cucumber and onions add that crunchy, succulent flavor to any palate, and is so easy to make. If you like to add more color and flavor, throw in a few halved cherry tomatoes.



Ingredients:

1 medium cucumber, sliced
1 medium onion, sliced
2 teaspoons salt
2 Tablespoons sugar
2 Tablespoons vinegar
1 cup cold water
1/4 teaspoon pepper

Directions:

Mix all ingredients together and chill before serving

 

 

 

 

Egg Salad Recipe

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Satisfaction can be found in a great egg salad recipe. There is nothing more satisfying or filling than an egg salad sandwich. Sure everyone moves away from you in the lunchroom, but secretly they all want a bite.

This recipe is your basic egg salad recipe. Everyone has their own favorite additions like olives, a slice of tomato, pickles, fresh or dried dill. Whatever yours is, throw it in and enjoy!



Egg Salad

Ingredients:

 

1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 teaspoon dried minced onion
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
6 hard-cooked eggs,chopped
1/2 cup finely chopped celery
lettuce leaves or bread

Directions:

1. In a bowl, combine mayonnaise, onion, salt and pepper.

2. Stir in eggs and celery. Cover and chill.

3. For each serving, spoon about 1/2 cup onto a lettuce leaf or spread on bread.

 

 

Waldorf Salad Recipe

Waldorf Salad

This Waldorf salad recipe is an all time favorite. The combination of the tart Granny Smith apples, the sweet raisins and the crunch of the chopped walnuts is heavenly.

Made famous by the elegant Waldorf Hotel, this is a wonderfully easy recipe that adds a touch of class to any meal.







Waldorf Salad

Ingredients:

1 cup granny smith apples, chopped
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
1 cup celery, chopped
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup walnuts

Directions:

1. Sprinkle apples with lemon juice after they are cut.

2. Add all other ingredients.

3. Toss to coat all pieces with mayonnaise.

German Potato Salad Recipe

German Potato Salad

This German potato salad recipe is probably the most famous and favorite of all variations of potato salad. The main ingredient difference is the addition of the crispy bacon.

This recipe also calls for more vinegar than the traditional potato salad recipes, and really should be served warm. A side dish that's both sweet and tangy, it's great for the colder months, perhaps for an Oktoberfest of your own.

German Potato Salad

Ingredients:

1 pound bacon
2 medium onions, chopped
3/4 cup sugar
1 Tablespoon salt
2 teaspoons celery seed
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 cup vinegar
1/2 cup water
12 cups potatoes, cooked and diced
parsley

Directions:

1. Cook bacon until crisp; drain (reserving 1/2 cup fat), and crumble.

2. Cook onion in fat until just tender. Blend in sugar, salt, celery seed, and pepper to taste. Add vinegar and water. Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly.

3. Add bacon and potatoes; heat thoroughly, tossing lightly so as not to break up the potato slices.

4. Garnish with parsley. Can be served warm or chilled. Serves 16.

Greek Salad Recipe

Greek Salad

This Greek salad recipe is a true Greek salad. With a light combination of tomatoes, onions, cucumbers, bell peppers, olives and of course, Feta cheese.

Serve with grilled pita bread for a Mediterranean inspired feast.





Greek Salad

Ingredients:

Dressing:

6 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
3 Tablespoons lemon juice
1 clove garlic, minced
½ teaspoon sea salt
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, and extra for garnish
1 teaspoon dried oregano

Salad:

6 tomatoes, cut into wedges
½ red onion, sliced into rings
1 cucumber, halved lengthwise and sliced
1 green pepper, sliced thin
8 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
32 kalamata olives

Directions:

1. Combine the olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, salt, pepper and oregano in a small bowl.

2. Place all the salad ingredients into a large bowl.

3. Pour the olive oil dressing over the salad and toss gently to combine just before serving.

Caesar Salad Recipe

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There are several different stories on how Caesar salad got its name. Most famous is that the salad is named after its founder, Caesar Cardini. After a mad rush at his restaurant, he had to make due with what was left, and hence Caesar salad was born. In 1948 the Cardini family trademarked the original recipe. Curiously, the original recipe never included anchovies.

Now served at restaurants nationwide topped with grilled chicken, steak or shrimp we've all welcomed Mr. Cardini's creation to our table. This Caesar salad recipe would have received his stamp of approval.

Caesar Salad

Ingredients:

20 large romaine leaves
1 head lettuce
1 cup French bread, cut 1/2 inch cubes
1 garlic clove
1 egg
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup grated Romano cheese
fresh ground pepper to taste

Directions:

1. Wash and dry lettuce. Wrap and refrigerate.

2. Warm bread cubes in 275 degree F oven, tossing until hard and dry but not burnt.

3. Mash garlic into side of large salad bowl.

4. Ease egg into boiling water and boil exactly 1 minute, then crack into bowl, breaking it up with fork.

5. Add salt. Add lemon juice, olive oil and Worcestershire. Mix well (makes about 1/2 cup dressing.)

6. Add lettuce leaves, tossing to coat thoroughly. Add Romano and pepper. Toss again.

7. Garnish with French bread croutons. Makes 2 servings.

 

Shrimp Salad Recipe

Shrimp Salad

The addition of shrimp makes any dish more elegant and tasty. This shrimp salad recipe is easy to make and can be doubled or tripled for larger gatherings.

Serve on a bed of lettuce and tomatoes, or on your favorite thick crusted bread for a hearty sandwich.



Shrimp Salad

Ingredients:

1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
2 hard-cooked eggs, chopped
1/2 cup celery, thinly sliced
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

1. Parboil shrimp in a small saucepan of salted boiling water until pink.

2. Strain shrimp and rinse in very cold water.

3. In a small bowl, mix the shrimp, eggs, celery, mayonnaise, mustard, onion powder, salt and pepper.

4. Chill in the refrigerator at least 1 hour.




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