Easy Side Salads You Can Make in 5 Minutes

Easy Side Salads You Can Make in 5 Minutes

Sheela Prakash
May 2, 2018
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No matter what you're eating tonight, it could probably use a side salad. Something light, refreshing, and healthy is a match for everything from pizza to pasta to roast chicken. The best side salads, in my opinion, are the ones that are thrown together without fuss — the ones that can be made in under five minutes while you're grabbing the silverware and setting the table.

Here are eight ideas to get you started.

1. Easy Arugula Salad

Whisk a bit of lemon juice and olive oil in a large bowl, dump in a pile of arugula, toss, finish with shaved Parm, and you're done. It's a recipe so easy that you barely even need a recipe.

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2. Endive Avocado Salad

Buttery avocado is the perfect foil for slightly bitter endive in this simple salad. The chive vinaigrette is touched with honey to add just a bit of sweetness.

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3. Lemony Green Salad with Radicchio & Pepitas

Make a double batch of the lemony vinaigrette — it keeps well in the fridge for up to a week and works with just about any form of green salad.

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4. Arugula, Pear & Blue Cheese Salad with Warm Vinaigrette

What makes this salad stand out is the warm dressing, which slightly wilts the arugula and makes the salty blue cheese melt just ever so slightly.

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5. Avocado Caprese Salad

Add chunks of rich avocado to a classic caprese salad and the results are something that just might rival the main course.

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6. Radicchio Salad with Green Olives & Parmesan

Meaty green olives and nutty Parmesan are two bold flavors that help keep the bitterness of radicchio in check. This is a colorful salad that you'll definitely crave again and again.

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7. Green Salad with Orange, Avocado, and Red Onion

If you happen to have a grapefruit or blood orange on hand instead of a regular navel orange, it makes a great substitute here.

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8. Arugula & Fennel Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

Thinly shaved fennel adds crunch and a refreshing anise flavor to this easy salad, while a finish of shaved Pecorino cheese lends salty nuttiness.

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