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 require mostly chopping, roasting, or mixing.
Getting your daily green fix is easy with the following 19 salads 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.
Keep reading for the 19 best green salad recipes to try for lunch this week.
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 recipe from Playful Cooking gets some sweetness from mangoes and grapes. Quinoa makes it a heartier meal, perfect for dinner or even date night.
Pro Tip: 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 from Half Baked Harvest a flavor pop.
Pro Tip: For a bit of carbs, you can top with cooked quinoa or torn crusty bread.
Super Satisfying Layered Quinoa Bean Salad in a Jar
Why We Love It: As sometimes-lazy home cooks, we can really get behind the concept of salad in a jar, especially when it's bedded with quinoa. Prep this recipe from Hello Glow on Sunday nights in a few glass jars to easily transport 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.
Pro Tip: This salad can last up to a few days in the fridge.
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 from Minimalist Baker 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.
Pro Tip: This recipe is gluten-free, grain-free, and vegan.
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 recipe from Salt and Wind 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.
Pro Tip: "Pull the quinoa off the burner or out of the oven just as it’s golden brown then let it cool in the pan," writes Salt and Wind.
Parmesan Pistachio Kale Salad
The Recipe: Parmesan Pistachio Kale Salad
Why We Love It: This salad from How Sweet Eats is so simple, but it tastes amazing. It's on the lighter side, so it makes the perfect lunch or dinner side dish.
Pro Tip: To ensure greens are evenly coated with dressing, try massaging dressing in with your hands.
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 about The Modern Proper's salad? Pair it with honey-mustard vinaigrette and head off to salad heaven.
Pro Tip: No fresh blackberries available? Consider frozen berries; just let them defrost before you plan to serve.
Crispy Tofu Shaved Brussel Sprout Salad with Honey Mustard Dressing
Why We Love It: This salad from Sugar Salted is a hearty and delicious meatless option. Aside from how much we love the tofu, the shaved Brussels sprouts really give this salad its wow-factor.
Pro Tip: During the 30-minute tofu drying process, you may need to switch out the towels if they get too wet before time is up.
Peach and Avocado Summer Salad
The Recipe: Peach and Avocado Summer Salad
Why We Love It: We'll be dreaming of this summer salad by Brown Sugar and Vanilla 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.
Pro Tip: Instead of topping with hemp seeds, try another seed, nuts, or croutons.
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 from Spoon Fork Bacon. 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.
Pro Tip: For the goat cheese rounds, make sure you start with partially frozen rounds.
Crunchy Green Salad with Dilly Chickpeas and Avocados
Why We Love It: Chickpeas give this Foodie Crush's 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.
Pro Tip: Top with basil for added herby flavor.
Grilled Corn Salad with Jalapeño Dressing
The Recipe: Grilled Corn Salad with Jalapeño Dressing
Why We Love It: Subtle smoky char of grilled corn takes this salad up a notch. Toss it in a salad like this one from Joyful Healthy Eats and top with this zesty jalapeño dressing—we promise you won't regret it.
Pro Tip: This recipe is vegetarian and gluten-free.
Lentil Arugula Salad with Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette
Why We Love It: Lentils add a filling, plant-based protein when we're in the mood for a hearty salad, like this one from Le Petite Eats. And a Meyer lemon vinaigrette offers a tangy dressing without the tart acidity of other kinds of lemons.
Pro Tip: Make a big batch of lentils ahead of time to use in other recipes.
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 less nutrient-dense eating, this salad from Half Baked Harvest is just what you’ve been looking for. Ingredients such as grapefruit, cayenne, and kale kick your metabolism into high gear, while the broccoli, avocados, and cabbage nourish it.
Pro Tip: For more protein, top with grilled chicken or fish, or a hard boiled egg.
Mexican Chopped Salad with Buttermilk Ranch
The Recipe: Mexican Chopped Salad with Buttermilk Ranch
Why We Love It: When we're craving something crunchy and creamy, we're making Hola Jalapeño's chopped salad. Chopped romaine and arugula join radishes, jicama, cabbage and more.
Pro Tip: Though the recipe calls for a touch of chipotle chili powder, sprinkle some paprika over the greens for another layer of flavor.
Arugula Salad with Soy Lime Vinaigrette
The Recipe: Arugula Salad with Soy Lime Vinaigrette
Why We Love It: Looking at the ingredient list for Pickled Plum's salad may seem like a ton of competing flavors (blue cheese, apples, soy lime dressing), but she writes they all work beautifully. Not a fan of blue cheese? Try feta.
Pro Tip: Leftover vinaigrette can be kept in the fridge for up to a week.
Smoked Salmon, Avocado and Fennel Salad
The Recipe: Smoked Salmon, Avocado and Fennel Salad
Why We Love It: We're fans of the smoky and herby elements in Feasting at Home's salad. The dressing is simple to whip up too: Olive oil, lemon, dill, salt and pepper to taste.
Pro Tip: Feasting at Home writes she prefers a drier salmon for this salad (compared to lox, "which is cured"); or, try smoked trout.
Citrus Kale Salad with Maple Granola and Pancetta Vinaigrette
Why We Love It: Root + Revel's citrus salad is bursting with flavor and texture; bright and sweet, with umami, and crunchy elements. You'll need baby kale, granola, avocado, and grapefruit to start.
Pro Tip: Feel free to swap bacon for pancetta.
Kale and Brussels Sprouts Salad with Turmeric Honey Yogurt Dressing
Why We Love It: Playful Cooking's salad is crunchy, and her turmeric honey yogurt dressing is warm and earthy, which is a nice foil for a cool dish. Top with roasted chickpeas for garnish.
Pro Tip: Mix or whisk dressing ingredients well enough till it forms an opaque, yellow color.