10 Healthy Side Salads

10 Healthy Side Salads

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Sheela Prakash
Aug 18, 2018
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You're almost guaranteed to find a salad on my dinner table every night. It's the easiest way for me to add vegetables to the meal and round things out, no matter what I am serving. And these 10 recipes, in particular, feel extra healthy to me: They're heavy on the vegetables, dressed in light vinaigrettes that embrace good fats like olive oil, and are dotted with wholesome things like avocado, nuts, and fresh fruit.

They're also fast to assemble and pair with everything from chicken and fish to pasta and pizza — and anything in between!

1. Chilled Zucchini Noodle Salad

It's worth making a double batch of the jalapeño-honey dressing because it's great drizzled on just about any salad.

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2. Simple Arugula Salad

When a salad is this simple, you barely need a recipe: Toss arugula with lemon juice and olive oil, then finish with lots of shaved Parm.

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3. Avocado Caprese Salad

This fun twist on caprese salad adds chunks of avocado to the mix and swaps in sliced tomatoes and mozzarella with bite-sized pieces to make it extra eatable.

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4. Tangy Cucumber Salad

This salad tastes its best after a quick rest in the fridge, so feel free to make it first and then assemble the rest of your dinner.

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5. Tomato Salsa Salad

This salad takes the best elements of salsa — like juicy tomatoes, fresh cilantro, and spicy jalapeños — and turns it into something you want to serve with just about any main course.

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6. Carrot Tahini Salad

To make this salad extra easy to pull together, feel free to use pre-shredded carrots. Leftovers hold up well, too, so definitely take the rest for lunch the next day.

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7. Ellie Krieger's Snow Pea, Radish & Scallion Salad

This recipe calls for walnut oil, which adds a nice nutty sweetness to the salad, but if you don't have it on hand, good olive oil will work just fine.

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8. Rainbow Veggie Noodle Salad

This extra-colorful salad is a nice way to put your spiralizer to work, while the orange-sesame dressing makes it hard to resist digging into.

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

This is the perfect easy recipe for those times you're looking for a green salad but want something just a little bit different than the usual.

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10. Spinach & Strawberry Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

While smoked almonds add a unique element to this salad, roasted pistachios, walnuts, or pecans would also be a great choice.

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