Between juggling work, family, friends, and our own personal interests, we don't always have a lot of time left over to spend in the kitchen, but there is value in having a few culinary skills. The best place to start: These simple yet impressive green salad recipes that are quite literally foolproof.
Getting your daily green-fix is easy with the following recipes that you can whip up in no time, stow in a container, and throw into your work bag for lunch. No matter what your dietary preference, there is a salad in here for you that can easily be put on repeat.
Fruity Couscous Salad With Tomatillo Sauce
The Recipe: Fruity Couscous Salad with Tomatillo Sauce
Why We Love It: We generally associate green salads with vegetables, so we love that this gets some sweetness from mangoes and grapes. Quinoa makes it a heartier meal, perfect for dinner or even date night.
This salad is best prepared in advance. It needs a couple hours of resting time to blend the flavors together.
Grilled Balsamic Chicken Cobb Salad
The Recipe: Grilled Balsamic Chicken Cobb Salad
Why We Love It: You've had Cobb salad a million times, but you've never had it like this. A mix of balsamic vinegar, Italian herbs, and fresh lemon really gives this salad a flavor pop.
Super Satisfying Layered Quinoa Bean Salad in a Jar
Why We Love It: As a lazy cook, I can really get behind the concept of salad in a jar, especially when it's bedded with quinoa. Prep this recipe on Sunday nights in a few mason jars and they make the perfect work/school lunch for those on the go. The reason it's called "super satisfying" is because the quinoa and beans are extra filling and the greens will deliver the daily iron you need to fight off brain fog.
Herbed Green Salad With Cranberry Vinaigrette
The Recipe: Herbed Green Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette
Why We Love It: Thanks to the candied pecans and cranberry vinaigrette, this salad is perfect for your holiday table, but you can enjoy it year-round. Add some vegan cheese (or the real deal) to top it off.
Roasted Cumin Carrot, Radish, Avocado Salad
The Recipe: Roasted Cumin Carrot, Radish, Avocado Salad
Why We Love It: While the skillset required to make this is beginner, its flavor profile is a 10/10. Root vegetables, spicy greens, and a dash of cumin will give your digestive system a break with these easy-to-digest ingredients, making it the perfect dinner salad—and you can enjoy those leftovers the next day.
Parmesan Pistachio Kale Salad
The Recipe: Parmesan Pistachio Kale Salad
Why We Love It: This salad is so simple, but it tastes amazing. It's on the lighter side, so it makes the perfect lunch or dinner side dish.
Blackberry Goat Cheese Salad
The Recipe: Blackberry Goat Cheese Salad
Why We Love It: Peppery arugula, juicy blackberries, creamy goat cheese—what's not to love? Pair it with the honey-mustard vinaigrette and head off to salad heaven.
Crispy Tofu Shaved Brussel Sprout Salad With Honey Mustard Dressing
Why We Love It: This salad is a hearty, healthy, and delicious meatless option. Aside from how much we love the tofu, the shaved Brussels really give this salad its wow-factor.
Eggs and Greens Sautéed Breakfast Salad
The Recipe: Eggs and Greens Sautéed Breakfast Salad
Why We Love It: Salad for breakfast is totally a thing. Can you think of a healthier way to start your day? Top greens with avocado, fried eggs, and roasted veggies and you'll thank yourself later.
Peach and Avocado Summer Salad
The Recipe: Peach and Avocado Summer Salad
Why We Love It: We'll be dreaming of this summer salad all year. Take advantage of fresh peaches and throw them into a green salad with avocado and a vinaigrette. It's so simple but so satisfying.
Grapefruit and Mixed Green Salad
The Recipe: Grapefruit and Mixed Green Salad
Why We Love It: We're beckoning summer into our kitchens with this fresh grapefruit salad. This recipe comes with an unexpected twist, a pistachio-crusted goat cheese round that you can easily leave out for the vegans among us. It sounds and looks fancy, but the truth is the recipe is easy to follow and rewarding to enjoy paired with a nice glass of rosé.
Crunchy Green Salad With Dilly Chickpeas and Avocados
Why We Love It: Chickpeas give this salad some heft, so it can stand alone as a dinner (and then you can enjoy the leftovers for lunch!). We love the unexpected flavor from the dill.
Grilled Corn Salad With Jalapeño Dressing
The Recipe: Grilled Corn Salad with Jalapeño Dressing
Why We Love It: When is grilled corn ever not good? Toss it in a salad and top with this zesty jalapeño dressing—we promise you won't regret it.
Shrimp and Artichoke Green Salad With Lemon Vinaigrette
Why We Love It: If you’re seeking a Mediterranean melange instead of your usual, this recipe is brimming with good stuff that hits the spot. Toasted pine nuts and succulent shrimp drizzled in a homemade lemon vinaigrette will make you forget you're eating greens.
Mean Green Detox Broccoli Grapefruit Salad
The Recipe: Mean Green Detox Broccoli Grapefruit Salad
Why We Love It: If you’re prioritizing greens to counter some unhealthy eating, this salad is just what you’ve been looking for. It's super healthy and appetizing, and you won’t realize you’re giving your body a detox boost while chowing down. Ingredients such as grapefruit, cayenne, and kale kick your metabolism into high gear, while the broccoli, avocados, and cabbage nourish it.