8 Salad Recipes And Salad Dressing Recipes That Will Make You Say 'I Love Salads'

Published on 27th May 2021 by BlogBuster Editorial Team

Gone are the days when salads just used to be a side dish. Over the years, the consumption of salads has increased around the world as people are leaning towards healthier choices. With people opting for a fit and healthy lifestyle, salads are now relished as a wholesome meal.

Not only are salads healthy and delicious, but they celebrate fresh produce as well. Vegetables and fruits are the primary ingredients of a salad, alongside meat, sprouts, pasta, etc. being the supporting ingredients. Every cuisine encompasses different types of salad recipes and salad dressing recipes that master the flavours of that cuisine. And thus, there are a variety of easy salad recipes for you to choose from to follow a healthy diet.

Below-mentioned are some of the simplest and easiest salad recipes and salad dressing recipes that you can include in your diet.

Mediterranean Chicken Salad Recipe!

Mediterranean Chicken Salad recipe is one of the tastiest and healthiest salad recipes. It is a vegetable salad recipe made with an interesting blend of different vegetables that are delicious to savour alongside the chicken. Mediterranean Chicken Salad is a wholesome dish and makes for one of the easy salad recipes for dinner. Follow the instructions of the Mediterranean Chicken Salad recipe given below-


Ingredients:

  • Chicken Breasts - 500 gms
  • Chickpeas - 1 cup, soaked overnight
  • Yellow Bell Pepper - 1, diced
  • Feta Cheese - ½ cup
  • Lemon Juice - 2 tsp
  • Lettuce Leaf - As required
  • Salt - As required
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil - 3 tbsp
  • 1 handful black olives
  • Tomato - 1, chopped
  • Black Pepper - ¼ tsp
  • Red Onion - 1, thinly sliced
  • Cucumber - 1, diced

 

Instructions:

  1. To make this Mediterranean Chicken Salad recipe, begin with washing the chicken breast, drain the excess water. Next, heat oil in a non-stick pan and saute chicken breast in it over medium flame. Flip it and cook from both sides. Once the chicken gets a little charred, turn off the flame and keep it aside.
  2. Now, put a pan over medium flame and add olive oil to it. When the oil is hot enough, add the soaked chickpeas, tomato, diced bell pepper and black olives. Sprinkle salt and pepper powder as per your taste.
  3. When the chicken is warm enough to handle, cut it into pieces in a large bowl. Add the sauteed veggies to it, along with feta cheese, sliced red onion, diced cucumber, torn lettuce leaf and extra virgin olive oil. Toss well and drizzle lemon juice.
  4. Mediterranean Chicken Salad recipe is ready to serve!
     
Mediterranean Chicken Salad Recipe
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Basic Italian Salad Dressing Recipe

Amp up your salad recipes with a basic Italian Salad Dressing! We guarantee you that your vegetable salad recipe will be a hit at the dinner table with this salad dressing. Apart from salads, this salad dressing recipe can be used for pasta, marination, nachos or chips as well. Follow the Basic Italian Salad Dressing recipe given below-


Ingredients:

  • Red Wine Vinegar - ½ cup
  • Olive Oil - 1½ cup
  • Kosher Salt - ½ tsp
  • Sugar - ½ tsp
  • Black Pepper - ½ tsp
  • Dried Italian Herb Blend / Italian Seasoning - 1 tsp
  • Dijon Mustard - 1 tsp
  • Garlic - 1 clove, crushed and finely minced

 

Instructions:

  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a glass jar with a screw-on lid or any other container with a tight-fitting lid.
  2. Tighten the lid and shake vigorously for 1 minute.
  3. Your salad dressing to elevate the taste of easy salad recipes is ready! Serve immediately or refrigerate.
     
Basic Italian Salad Dressing Recipe
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Russian Salad Recipe

This Russian Salad recipe is a perfect vegetable salad recipe for rookie chefs! It is indulgent, creamy and one of the most flavourful salad recipes. All you need are a handful of vegetables to make the below-mentioned Russian Salad recipe-


Ingredients:

  • Chicken - 300 gms
  • Vegetable Oil - 1 tbsp
  • Carrot - 2, diced
  • Capsicum - ½, cubed
  • Salt - As required
  • Vinegar - 1 tbsp
  • Peas - ½ cup
  • Green Beans - 10, chopped
  • Pineapple - 100 gms, sliced
  • Black Pepper - As required

For Toppings:-

  • Mayonnaise - ¾ cup
  • Cheese Spread - 1 tbsp
  • Black Pepper - As required
  • Fresh Cream - ¼ cup
  • Salt - As required

Instructions:

  1. To make this Russian Salad recipe, wash the chicken properly and drain the excess water. Then, boil it with ½ cup water and ½ tsp salt in a pressure cooker.
  2. Pressure cook for 1 whistle and simmer on low heat for 1-2 minutes. Switch off the flame. After it cools down, remove the flesh from the bones and cut it into small pieces. Put the pieces in a bowl and add 1 tbsp vinegar and 1 tbsp oil to it. Keep it aside for 15 minutes.
  3. Now, boil 2 cups of water with ½ tsp salt. Add peas, beans and carrots and boil further for 1 minute. Once done, remove from flame and strain. Add cold water and strain again. Keep the vegetables aside. Mix mayonnaise, cream, cheese spread, salt and pepper. Squeeze pineapple slices well to remove excess juice. Chop them finely.
  4. Add the shredded chicken. You can alternately use boiled potato or paneer in its place if you are a vegetarian. Then add chopped pineapple, boiled vegetables and capsicum to the mayonnaise. Mix well. Taste and adjust seasonings if needed. Add more pepper if you want to amp up the spice.
  5. One of the easy salad recipes is ready to serve!
Russian Salad Recipe
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Lemon Vinaigrette Salad Dressing Recipe

Zingy, bright and lemony, Lemon Vinaigrette Salad Dressing will add a burst of flavour to your easy salad recipes. This salad dressing recipe is easy to make and will have people coming for seconds when added to your salad recipes. Follow the Lemon Vinaigrette Salad Dressing recipe given below to make it to perfection-


Ingredients:

  • Olive Oil - ⅓ cup
  • Lemon Juice - ¼ cup
  • Dijon Mustard - 1 tsp
  • Honey - ½ tsp
  • Garlic Clove - 1 to 2, minced
  • Salt & Pepper - As required

Instructions:

  1. Add all of the ingredients to a small bowl and whisk together.
  2. Once mixed thoroughly, drizzle the dressing on the prepared salad to amp your vegetable salad recipe.
  3. You can also store the Lemon Vinaigrette Salad Dressing in an air-tight container for up to a week.
     
Lemon Vinaigrette Salad Dressing Recipe
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Sprouts Salad Recipe

If you’re looking forward to indulging in a healthy meal, then this Sprouts Salad recipe is perfect for you! It is one of the best salad recipes that boosts of protein and the goodness of vegetables. Follow the below-given healthy vegetable salad recipe-


Ingredients:

  • Mixed Sprouts - 3 cups
  • Cumin Powder - 1½ tsp
  • Dry Mango Powder / Amchur - 1½ tsp
  • Cucumber - 1, chopped
  • Carrot - 1, grated
  • Spring Onions - 6 tbsp, chopped
  • Mint Leaves -  6 tbsp, finely chopped
  • Lemon Juice - 3 tsp
  • Water - 5 cups
  • Red Chilli Powder - ¾ tsp
  • Salt - As required
  • Tomato - 1, chopped
  • Capsicum - 6 tbsp, chopped
  • Coriander Leaves - 6 tbsp, finely chopped
  • Green Chilli - 2 tbsp, finely chopped

For Garnishing:-

  • Peanuts - 3 tbsp, roasted and crushed

Instructions:

  1. To make this rich in protein Sprouts Salad recipe, boil water in a saucepan over a high-medium flame and add mixed sprouts to it. Boil the sprouts for 5 to 7 minutes or until they turn soft but crunchy. Drain the excess water.
  2. Now, transfer the boiled sprouts to a large mixing bowl. Add cumin powder, dry mango powder, red chilli powder, salt and stir well. After the spices and condiments are well combined with the sprouts, add chopped cucumber, carrot, capsicum, tomato, spring onions, green chilli, coriander leaves, mint leaves and lemon juice. Mix all the contents really well to incorporate.
  3. Add a garnishing of crushed roasted peanuts to add a flavour to the sprouts.
  4. Serve one of the tasteful and easy salad recipes fresh.
     
Sprouts Salad Recipe
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Greek Yogurt Ranch Salad Dressing Recipe

Nutritious and delicious! This salad dressing recipe is simple to make and apart from salad recipes, it can be used as a dip as well. Follow the Greek Yogurt Ranch Salad Dressing recipe below to upgrade your easy salad recipes-


Ingredients:

  • Dried Parsley - 1 tbsp
  • Garlic Powder - ½ to 2 tsp
  • Onion Powder - ½ to 2 tsp
  • Black Pepper Powder - ½ tsp
  • Salt - As required
  • Spring Onion - 1 tbsp, finely chopped
  • Non-fat Plain Greek Yoghurt - 1 cup
  • Buttermilk - ⅓ cup
  • Dijon Mustard - 1 tsp
  • Lemon Juice - 1 tsp

Instructions:

  1. Place the spices (dried parsley and spring onion) in a food processor and pulse a few times, until the spices are finely pulsed and blended together. Scrape off the sides.
  2. Place the remaining ingredients - Greek yogurt, buttermilk, Dijon mustard and lemon juice - into the food processor and pulse until the ingredients have been fully incorporated. Scrape off the sides, if needed, and pulse again.
  3. Your Greek Yogurt Ranch Salad Dressing recipe is now ready! Drizzle and enjoy it with your vegetable salad recipe.
  4. You can also store this salad dressing in the refrigerator for later use.
     
Greek Yogurt Ranch Salad Dressing Recipe
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Pasta Salad Recipe

Super-easy and scrumptious, this Pasta Salad recipe is one of the best salad recipes that kids will definitely love! This vegetable salad recipe can be made with any type of pasta - Fettuccine, Farfalle, Shells, Bucatini, Angel Hair, combined with different veggies. Follow the Pasta Salad recipe given below and try it for yourself-

Ingredients:

  • Pasta - 200 gms, gluten-free
  • Broccoli - 1 cup
  • Salt - As required
  • Lettuce Leaf - 4
  • Water - 4 cups
  • Tomato - 2
  • Black Pepper Powder - A pinch
  • Garlic Cloves - 4, minced
  • Mixed Herbs - 1 tsp

Instructions:

  1. To make this Pasta Salad recipe, first, take a medium-sized pan and boil pasta in four to five cups of water. Keep in mind to add a dash of salt and one teaspoon of oil in it. Adding salt to the pasta is important as it will taste bland if the salt is added only to the sauce. The oil will prevent pasta from sticking together.
  2. Once the pasta is cooked, drain the excess water and rinse the pasta under running cold water. You can follow this trick, if you feel your pasta is slightly overdone, add some ice to retain the right texture of the pasta.
  3. Meanwhile, boil some water in a bowl and blanch broccoli for 2 minutes, drain the water and add some ice. Put the lettuce and tomatoes in ice-cold water so that they retain their crunch and freshness.
  4. Now, take a deep serving bowl. Take the lettuce leaves, roughly chop them and put them in the bowl. Add tomatoes and broccoli and drizzle it with some lemon juice, vinegar and olive oil. Add crushed garlic. If you love the flavour of smoky garlic, stir fry it and then add it to the salad.
  5. Season with salt, pepper and mixed herbs. You can also add a spoon of honey if you want it to have a slightly sweet taste. Finally, toss all the ingredients together and garnish with basil leaves.
  6. Serve one of the easy salad recipes as a side dish or main dish.
     
Pasta Salad Recipe
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Sesame Ginger Salad Dressing Recipe

Surely a not so common combination, but definitely a must-try! This salad dressing recipe is tangy and bursts of earthy Asian flavours. Apart from salad recipes, this dressing can be used as marination and a dip. Follow the below-given recipe to boost the taste of your easy salad recipes-


Ingredients:

  • Light Soy Sauce - 2 tbsp
  • Vegetable Oil - ½ cup
  • Rice Wine Vinegar - 3 tbsp
  • Sesame Oil - 1 tbsp
  • Fresh Lime Juice - 1 tbsp
  • Garlic Clove - 1, minced
  • Honey - 3 tbsp
  • Ginger - 1 tbsp, grated
  • Sriracha - 1 tsp
  • Water - 2 tbsp
  • Sesame Seeds - 1 tsp

Instructions:

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a jar and shake well to combine.
  2. Drizzle and enjoy it with your favourite vegetable salad recipe.
  3. You can refrigerate this salad dressing in an airtight container for about a week for further use.
     
Sesame Ginger Salad Dressing Recipe
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