10 Green Salad Recipes That Are Full of Color and Flavor

updated May 23, 2023
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As the weather outside starts to warm up and the days get longer, the only things I want to eat are fresh, crunchy salads packed with greens. I no longer crave the warm and comforting casseroles I enjoyed throughout the colder season; instead I’m longing for crisp lettuce coated in peppy vinaigrettes. Luckily markets are finally starting to carry fresh spring produce, and a salad is the perfect place to highlight them and show off their beauty.

To help inspire your next salad creation, we rounded up 10 of our favorite go-to green salads. From a hearty carnitas-loaded salad to a classic cobb, here are some of our favorites.

Green Salads

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Strawberry Arugula Salad
A simple 5-ingredient recipe for arugula salad with strawberries, pistachios, and fresh basil.
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Marinated Chickpea and Feta Salad with Spring Veggies
This star of this crunchy, veggie-packed salad is a tangy Greek-inspired dressing, which doubles as a marinade for the feta and chickpeas.
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5-Ingredient Kale Caesar Salad
An easy, anchovy-free version of classic Caesar salad, made with kale instead of romaine so it keeps for days in the fridge.
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Fattoush (Middle Eastern Bread Salad)
Our guide to the best fattoush salad with sumac-toasted pita, juicy tomatoes, and a lush, lemony vinaigrette.
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Spicy Carnitas Salad Bowl

This hearty salad is made with shredded Brussels sprouts, apples, crushed tortillas chips, and a generous amount of carnitas to round it all out.

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Classic Cobb Salad
This classic Cobb salad recipe hits that sweet spot of just the right ingredients made in the easiest way possible.
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Arugula Beet Salad
A simple 5-ingredient recipe for an arugula salad with beets and goat cheese.
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20-Minute Steak Salad with Chile, Garlic, and Herbs
This easy steak salad gets an umami hit from fish sauce, sherry vinegar, and lime juice tossed through a mix of crunchy veg, and is finished with fresh herbs.
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Honey Mustard Chicken Tender Salad

This recipe transforms frozen breaded chicken tenders into a crisp and refreshing restaurant-style salad that’s practically impossible to dislike. It gets tossed in a simple honey mustard dressing and loaded with tomatoes and avocado for the ultimate crave-worthy salad.

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Easy Spinach Salad with Apples, Walnuts, and Feta
A simple baby spinach salad filled with fruit, nuts, and cheese that's perfect as a quick side dish any day of the week.
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