17 Salads to Round Out Pizza Night

updated May 24, 2023
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We’re big proponents of making pizza night a regular occurrence in our weekly meal plan. Whether we’re going the homemade route or ordering from our favorite spot, it’s a meal that we always look forward to, especially when it falls on a Friday night.

But to truly make a pizza pie worthy of dinner, round out that meal with a light and hearty salad. From a lemony green salad with pepitas and radicchio, to a tomato-chickpea salad, you could go week after week trying something new. So before your next pizza night, add one of these fresh options to the meal plan. They’re on the easy side, so you’ll still feel like it’s a night off from the kitchen.

Salads to Go with Pizza Night

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Lemony Green Salad with Radicchio & Pepitas

It’s refreshing with rich winter meals, lemony and tart, with the crunch of pepitas.

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The Ultimate Classic Caesar Salad

The tools and ingredients needed to make an exceptional Caesar salad can be found in almost every kitchen, and the techniques are essentials every cook should know.

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Spinach Salad with Warm Brown Butter Dressing

For this quick side dish, I kept the classic spinach salad as the base because it holds up so well to the temperature of the dressing. The leaves soften ever-so-slightly without truly wilting. I added tangy pickled onions, briny Pecorino, and toasted pecans.

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Arugula, Pear & and Blue Cheese Salad with Warm Vinaigrette

This salad has big, strong flavors — bitter, sweet, salty, and pungent — and yet it’s extremely simple to put together!

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Arugula & Fennel Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

When you need a simple salad to make the meal complete, this tumble of arugula and shaved fennel is all you need.

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Kale & Quinoa Salad with Dates, Almonds & Citrus Dressing

This filling, nutritious lunch salad will put you squarely in the “favorite foods” camp.

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Green Salad with Orange, Avocado, and Red Onion

What I think makes this a winning combination isn’t just the way the flavors work together, but also how beautiful the orange, purple, and green look on the plate.

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Crunchy Spring Salad with Dill Dressing

This salad mixes a dill-flecked dressing with sweet sugar snap peas, crisp celery, chopped romaine, and pretty, pink-edged radish slices that remind me of spring’s first blossoms winking to life.

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Radicchio Salad with Green Olives & Parmesan

This salad has just five ingredients, but together they make a stunningly unusual composition of bitter, sweet, and salty-savory.

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Weeknight Winter Salad
This salad starts with a base of sweet Swiss chard and is filled with roasted sweet potato, fennel, and cucumbers tossed in a lemony vinaigrette.
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Chicory Salad with Anchovy Dressing

This is a great make-ahead salad, as all the vegetables won’t wilt quickly and can actually benefit from sitting in the dressing a bit to mellow out.

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Hearts of Palm, Corn, Tomatoes & Watercress Salad

Think of this as a vegetarian twist on the much–adored Salad Nicoise.

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Light & Easy Broccoli Salad
A recipe for a lightened-up version of classic broccoli slaw, which can be made ahead and serves a crowd.
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Tomato Chickpea Salad
Tomatoes and chickpeas are tossed in a simple vinaigrette for a light dinner or easy lunch.
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Mediterranean Cauliflower Couscous Salad

The Mediterranean flavors really shine in this simple spring salad and the roasted chickpeas add a lovely crunch. Grab a fork and dig in!

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Carrot Tahini Salad with Spiced Chickpeas

I love how easily this comes together, and the addition of the sweet raisins pair exceptionally well with the spiced chickpeas for a wonderful combination of sweet and savory.

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Tomato Salad with Red Onion, Dill and Feta
This is the full-on maximalist tomato salad: tossed gloriously with red pepper, feta, dill, cucumber, and olives.
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