50+ Easy Salad Ideas & Homemade Salad Dressing Recipes

Easy salad ideas

Salads are great year-round, especially during those hot spring and summer days! A salad can be a perfect side dish for a party or BBQ. Plus, they are often fresh, light, and healthy, which is a bonus for swimsuit season. That being said, some of my favorites are of the not-so-healthy variety too (of course).

Although I’m a big fan of salad, I often find myself making the same salad recipes over and over again just because it’s easy. To get out of that routine, we’ve created this massive list of over 50 easy salad ideas and homemade salad dressing recipes.

There are so many different salad recipes to choose from, I’m sure you’ll find one (or many more) that are just right for you. Plus, there are some more unique salad recipes on this list as well (one of them contains snickers)!

50+ Easy Homemade Salad & Salad Dressing Recipes

1. Pea Salad Recipe

Pea salad recipe

This pea salad recipe is perfect for a big gathering because it makes about 10-12 servings. Plus, it’s got bacon in it, and who doesn’t love bacon?

2. Chinese Chicken Salad Recipe

chinese chicken salad recipe

This Chinese chicken salad is filled with nutritional ingredients and you could probably get away with serving it as a main dish. It’s quick to make too which is a bonus!

3. Strawberry Spinach Salad

 strawberry spinach salad

This strawberry spinach salad recipe is a copycat of the Cafe Zupos Nuts About Berries salad. It’s not an exact copy but it’s still really delicious!

4. Honey Lime Fruit Salad Recipe

fresh honey lime fruit salad recipe

Fruit salad is a summer classic, and this one keeps it light and fresh. This recipe includes a super yummy honey and lime homemade salad dressing recipe as well!

5. Green Salad Recipe with Homemade Zesty Italian Dressing

Green salad recipe with italian dressing

You can’t go wrong with this delicious green salad recipe. It’s easy to make and served with a delicious homemade zesty Italian dressing.

Fruit or Vegetable Salad Recipes

healthy summer berry quinoa salad recipe

  1. Greek Salad Recipe
  2. BBQ Ranch Chicken Salad
  3. Cafe Rio Style Burritos and Salad
  4. Coconut Chicken Salad with Honey Mustard Vinaigrette
  5. KFC Coleslaw Copycat Recipe
  6. Tomato and Avocado Salad
  7. Spicy Mango Blueberry Salad
  8. Cucumber and Avocado Salad
  9. Cucumber-Dill Salad (Gurkensalat)
  10. Watermelon & Prosciutto Salad
  11. Chicken Ceasar Salad
  12. Red, White, and Blueberry Salad
  13. Red, White and Blue Salad
  14. Favorite Broccoli Salad
  15. Chicken Berry Salad
  16. Hot Bacon & Asparagus Salad
  17. Taco Salad
  18. Taco Rice Salad
  19. Honey-Lime Fruit Salad
  20. Berry Quinoa Salad

Pasta Salad Recipes

Easy Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad with DIY dressing

  1. Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad Recipe {Homemade Caesar Dressing Recipe}
  2. Asian Noodle Salad Recipe
  3. Chicken Ceasar Bowtie Salad
  4. Pizza Pasta Salad  
  5. Italian Green Bean Pasta Salad
  6. Pasta, Cheese & Veggie Salad Recipe
  7. Party Pasta Salad
  8. Tuna Pasta Salad with Avocado
  9. Homemade Orzo Pasta Salad
  10. Frugal Pasta Salad
  11. Chinese Cabbage Salad
  12. Southwestern Pasta Salad with Avocado Dressing

Other Great Salad Ideas

caramel apple salad recipe with snickers candy bars

  1. Smoky Grilled Sweet Potato Salad
  2. Southwest Quinoa Salad
  3. Quinoa Salad Recipe
  4. Caramel Apple Snickers Salad Recipe
  5. The Best Potato Salad
  6. Pistachio Pudding Salad
  7. Cranapple Fluff
  8. Raspberry Yogurt Pudding Salad
  9. Cookie & Fruit Salad Recipe

Homemade Salad Dressing Recipes

light lemon vinaigrette salad dressing recipe

  1. Light Lemon Vinaigrette Salad Dressing Recipe
  2. Italian Dressing
  3. The Old Spaghetti Factory Creamy Pesto Dressing
  4. Homemade Ranch Dressing Recipe
  5. Homemade Thousand Island Dressing
  6. Homemade Poppy Seed Dressing Recipe
  7. Cranberry Vinaigrette Salad Dressing

There You Have It!

I hope you found a salad that you’d like to try in this massive list of easy salad ideas. Make sure to check out our Pinterest boards for lots of other Salad ideas and homemade Salad Dressing Recipes!

Let us know which salad you’re going to try first from this list!

PS. Check out this inflatable salad bar:

Inflatable Salad Bar
This thing would be perfect for summer gatherings, camping trips, days at the beach, you name it!

Homemade salad recipes

Meal Type: Recipe Roundup, Salads, Side Dish
Categories: BBQ, Healthy, Vegetables

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