The 15 Best Green Salad Recipes to Ring in the Spring Equinox

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Culinarily, I’m a bit of a dud. Not for the lack of love for the art (I truly believe it is an art), but more because my relationship with my kitchen is more me haphazardly throwing things onto a plate and standing at my counter, noshing quickly. However, as I continue to strive for well-rounded adulthood, I see value in the skill and am carving out more and more time for my cutting board. The best place to start? The best—simple yet impressive—green salad recipes that are quite literally foolproof (even I could manage them).

With the official start of spring, my body feels a natural pull to the produce aisle, and satiating my green-fix is more than easy with the following 15 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, or try them all.

Fruity Couscous Salad With Tomatillo Sauce

Best green salad recipes—Playful Cooking
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Grilled Balsamic Chicken Cobb Salad

Best green salad recipes—Half Baked Harvest
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Super Satisfying Layered Quinoa Bean Salad in a Jar

Best green salad recipes—Hello Glow
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The Recipe: Super Satisfying Layered Quinoa Bean Salad in a Jar
Why I Love It: As a lazy cook, I can really get behind the concept of salad in a jar, especially when its 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", the quinoa and beans are extra filling and the greens with deliver the daily iron you need to fight off brain fog.

Herbed Green Salad With Cranberry Vinaigrette

Best green salad recipes—Minimalist Baker
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Roasted Cumin Carrot, Radish, Avocado Salad

Best green salad recipes—Salt & Wind
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The Recipe: Roasted Cumin Carrot, Radish, Avocado Salad
Why I Love It: While the skillset required to make this is a 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—enjoy those leftovers the next day.

Parmesan Pistachio Kale Salad

Best green salad recipes—How Sweet Eats
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Blackberry Goat Cheese Salad

Blackberry Goat Cheese Salad—The Modern Proper
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The Recipe: Blackberry Goat Cheese Salad

The Recipe: Blackberry Goat Cheese Salad

Crispy Tofu Shaved Brussel Sprout Salad With Honey Mustard Dressing

Best green salad recipes—Sugar Salted
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Eggs and Greens Sautéed Breakfast Salad

Best green salad recipes—Eating Bird Food
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Peach and Avocado Summer Salad

Best green salad recipes—Brown Sugar and Vanilla
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Grapefruit and Mixed Green Salad

Best green salad recipes—Spoon Fork Bacon
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Why I Love It: We're slowly 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 fancy and looks fancy, but the truth is the recipe is easy to follow and rewarding to enjoy paired with a nice glass of rose.

Crunchy Green Salad With Dilly Chickpeas and Avocados

Best green salad recipes—Foodie Crush
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Grilled Corn Salad With Jalapeño Dressing

Best green salad recipes—Joyful Healthy Eats
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Shrimp and Artichoke Green Salad With Lemon Vinaigrette

Best green salad recipe—Gimme Some Oven
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The Recipe: Shrimp and Artichoke Green Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette
Why I 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 say no more.

Mean Green Detox Broccoli Grapefruit Salad

Best green salad recipes—Half Baked Harvest, Detox
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Why I Love It: If you’re prioritizing greens to counter that leftover holiday eating, this salad is just what you’ve been looking for. Super healthy, and super appetizing, 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.

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