We are in prime salad season now that it's August. There are so many incredible vegetables that need to be enjoyed, but sometimes making everything come together to actually form a meal can be a little hard. I want to help make things a bit easier for you.
I reached out to some of my favorite food bloggers to find out what salad recipe is the most popular on their individual site. These aren't just salads that should be enjoyed during the summer – a lot of them can and should be enjoyed year-round. Be prepared for lots of chickpeas, feta cheese, and avocado. Not surprisingly, a lot of these salads are also less focused on leafy greens.
1. Moroccan-Ish Sweet Potato Sunshine Salad from The First Mess
This salad is full of carrots, sweet potatoes, chickpeas, and fresh tomatoes, but what really ties the whole thing together is the date dressing.
2. Grilled Romaine, Red Onion, Avocado, and Bacon Salad from Heather Christo
I'm obsessed with this salad because the entire thing is put on the grill. I mean, during the summer why wouldn't you want to eat this all the time?
3. Rainbow Chicken Salad with Almond Honey Mustard Dressing from Pinch of Yum
When I'm scrolling through Pinterest for delicious recipes, I always seem to stumble on salad recipes from Pinch of Yum. The salad you see above is the most popular salad recipe from the site, and I can totally understand why. It's full of delicious things, but doesn't seem too complicated to put together.
4. Chickpea, Avocado, and Feta Salad from Two Peas and Their Pod
The only green leaf you're going to find in this salad is cilantro. No arugula, no kale, no mixed greens. If you're not a huge salad person, this is the place to start.
5. Rosemary Chicken, Bacon, and Avocado Salad from How Sweet It Is
We wrote about this little gem of a salad last week, and I honestly can't stop thinking about it. This salad just has everything you'd ever want. If there was a beauty pageant held exclusively for salads, I wouldn't be surprised if this one took first place.
6. Spiralized Vegetable Salad with Roasted Chickpeas from Jessica Gavin
This recipe utilizes three different kinds of spiralized vegetables, roasted chickpeas, avocado, and Greek yogurt. This is the salad you want to eat for dinner tonight.
7. Thai Chicken Salad from Jo Cooks
This salad is chock-full of crunchy vegetables and is slathered in peanuts and a delicious peanut butter dressing. If you're looking for something healthy, filling, and cooling during the summer heat, this salad will help.
8. Mediterranean Kale Salads in Jars from The Clever Carrot
These easy on-the-go salads from The Clever Carrot are great for weekday lunches at school or the office. Nothing boring happening in this jar.
9. Salad of Cara Cara Oranges, Avocado, and Feta from Not Without Salt
This salad is so simple and balanced, making it the perfect option for a quick lunch. While I normally associate citrus like Cara Cara oranges with the winter, they really do make the salad. Grab an orange at your grocery store if available.
10. Loaded Power Salad from What's Gaby Cooking
Just look at how many delicious things are in this salad! It's an easy way to pack all your favorite summer vegetables into one gorgeous lunch. Don't miss out on the basil vinaigrette.
11. Kale Caesar Salad from Gimme Some Oven
This salad is inspired by Sweetgreen, which is a mecca for salad enthusiasts. Gimme Some Oven discovered that what makes a great kale Caesar is using lime juice instead of lemon juice. Brilliant!
12. Super Green Quinoa Salad with Basil + Pistachios from With Food + Love
If you're the kind of salad-lover who craves all the green things, this recipe is for you. There's kale, sprouts, pistachios, basil, and of course quinoa.