The 10 Most-Popular Healthy Salads on Pinterest Right Now
Do you feel that? That sweet, sweet sunshine that’s slowly infiltrating our lives and promising warmer days ahead? I certainly can, and I’m ready to lighten up my eating routine as a result. No, no, I’m not talking about losing weight for swimsuit season (because all you need for a “beach body” is a beach and a body, amiright?) — I’m talking about stepping away from the oven and eating more of the green things my body craves during this time of year.
Fresh! Things! Are! Happening!
So that’s why I was excited when Pinterest recently released their top “healthy” salad recipes on their platform right now. They’re defining “healthy” here based on whether or not the recipe developer described it that way — because healthy isn’t one-size-fits-all. All of these salad recipes are full of fresh vegetables, hearty grains, and delicious vinaigrettes and dressings, and they’re exactly what I want to eat right now. Sign me up.
1. Brussels Sprouts, Cranberry, and Quinoa Salad from Gimme Some Oven
I love shaved Brussels sprouts in my salad, and this recipe is chock-full of them. Hooray! There aren’t a ton of ingredients in this recipe, which makes it the ideal candidate for a quick weekday lunch.
This recipe has been saved 279,000 times on Pinterest.
2. Quinoa Spinach Power Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette from Ahead of Thyme
Give me a good quinoa salad for lunch or dinner (or honestly even breakfast) and I’m all set. This one has a great lemon vinaigrette to boot.
This recipe has been saved 228,000 times on Pinterest.
3. Vegan Mexican Chopped Salad with Avocado Dressing from Happy Kitchen Rocks
I have a serious crush on chopped salads. This one is filled with black beans, peppers, corn, and avocado and seems just delightful.
This recipe has been saved 115,000 times on Pinterest.
4. Skinny Taco Salad from Well Plated
The blogger behind Well Plated knows the key to a good taco salad is about the crunch, so there’s no shortage of homemade tortilla strips here. Besides that, there’s the usual fanfare of tomatoes, avocado, black beans, and meat.
This recipe has been saved 98,000 times on Pinterest.
5. Detox Salad from Eat Yourself Skinny
The name of this recipe is a little confusing. Is is just a bunch of fiber? The ingredients are on point, though, and include a bunch of cruciferous vegetables and pretty sweet dressing.
The recipe has been saved 92,000 times on Pinterest.
6. Middle Eastern Chickpea Salad from Cooking in Stilettos
This recipe was inspired by Ottolenghi and Ina Garten, so you know it’s on point. It includes cucumber, tomato, parsley, chickpeas, and feta.
The recipe has been saved more than 90,000 times on Pinterest.
7. Almond, Berry, and Chicken Spinach Salad from Chelsea’s Messy Apron
One of my favorite parts about summer salads is all the fruit. Fruit should be in every salad! And this one has blueberries, strawberries, and Mandarin oranges.
This recipe has been saved 90,000 times on Pinterest.
8. Broccoli Salad with Peanut Sauce from Gimme Some Oven
The easiest way to learn to like broccoli is to serve it with lots (and lots) of peanut sauce. This recipe from Gimme Some Oven also adds edamame, green onions, and peanuts into the mix.
9. Roasted Cauliflower Salad with Lemon Tahini Dressing from Budget Bytes
Is it possible to marry a salad? Because if I could, it might be this one. The recipe is filled with roasted cauliflower, red onion, parsley, and chickpeas. It’s drenched in the most delightful-sounding tahini dressing.
10. Strawberry Cucumber Spinach Salad with Apple Cider Vinaigrette from Yay for Food
Strawberry and feta are the stars of this salad as far as I’m concerned. Everything else (spinach, cucumber, apple, and walnuts) is just gravy.
This recipe has been saved 78,000 times on Pinterest.