44 Sensational Salads | Midwest Living

44 Sensational Salads

Nothing celebrates the season like salad recipes for a crunchy, colorful menu full of fresh produce: strawberry spinach salad, Asian noodle slaw, broccoli grape salad and more.

Peach Pecan Vinaigrette with Spring Green Salad

Sarah Slater of Casa Nueva looks forward to fresh peaches appearing at her farmers market in Athens, Ohio. This is just one way she uses the juicy fruit.

Peach Pecan Vinaigrette with Spring Green Salad

Panzanella (Bread Salad) with Summer Vegetables

A backyard garden's worth of colorful summer veggies fill this beautiful potluck salad. The toasted bread chunks absorb the dressing and juices from the tomatoes; you won't believe how delicious they taste! 

Panzanella (Bread Salad) with Summer Vegetables 

Nutty Apple-Cherry Slaw

Add some zip to a summer standby with this variation on cole slaw. Nuts and fruit add crunch and color to cabbage tossed in a homemade vinaigrette.

Nutty Apple-Cherry Slaw

Superfoods Salad

Load up on antioxidants with this colorful, berry-delicious salad!

Superfoods Salad

Sunny Broccoli Salad

A Cleveland reader makes this potluck salad the day ahead and refrigerates the dressing and vegetables separately. When it's time to serve it, she tosses everything together. Bacon, sunflower kernels and raisins make a crunchy and flavorful side dish.

Sunny Broccoli Salad

Kale Salad

Trendy kale is a nutritional powerhouse and much heartier than regular lettuce. This salad has lots of colorful veggies and a zesty Asian dressing. Pair it with a whole wheat roll for a satisfying light supper.

Kale Salad

Grandma's Potato Salad

This sweet, radish-studded potato salad recipe was handed down from a Cosmos, Minnesota, grandmother to her twin granddaughters.

Grandma's Potato Salad

Oriental Coleslaw

Uncooked ramen noodles, almonds and sunflower kernels add crunch to this salad from a Dubuque, Iowa, reader. It was one of the winners in a Midwest Living® potluck recipe contest.

Oriental Coleslaw

Asian-Style Chicken Salad

Curly noodles, almonds, sesame seeds and rice vinegar blend in this crunchy, tangy salad from a West Des Moines, Iowa, reader.

Asian-Style Chicken Salad

Heirloom Tomato Salad with Blue Cheese Dressing

Orange, yellow, red ... heirloom tomatoes come in as many colors as shapes. Take advantage of the season's juiciest tomatoes in this salad topped with a homemade sweet-tangy-salty dressing.

Heirloom Tomato Salad with Blue Cheese Dressing

Broccoli Grape Salad

Juicy grapes and crunchy broccoli blend sweet flavors with savory, salty bacon. The side-dish salad recipe comes from the Triangle Ranch B&B in South Dakota.

Broccoli Grape Salad

All-American Greek Salad

Rich, tangy feta cheese stars in this vegetable salad recipe from Klondike Cheese Company in Monroe, Wisconsin.

All-American Greek Salad

Reunion Noodle Salad

Soy sauce, lemon olive oil and garlic create a flavorful dressing for this pasta and vegetable salad. The recipe comes from the Savage family in Columbus, Ohio, where it's served at big family gatherings.

Reunion Noodle Salad

Boston Lettuce Stacks with Grilled Peaches, Feta and Pecans

This easy summer salad pairs the textures and flavors of buttery, slightly sweet and crisp Boston lettuce with grilled warm peaches and crunchy nuts.

Boston Lettuce Stacks with Grilled Peaches, Feta and Pecans

BLT Salad

We took a summertime staple (a bacon-lettuce-and-tomato sandwich) and made it a main-dish salad. Creamy mustard dressing makes the perfect topping.

BLT Salad

Crunchy Asian Noodle Slaw

Sesame seeds, ramen noodles, soy sauce, ginger and fresh broccoli give Asian flair to cole slaw.

Crunchy Asian Noodle Slaw

Fresh Taco Salad

Cilantro Ranch Dressing tops a flavorful blend of jicama, multigrain tortilla chips, avocado, black beans, queso fresco and greens. 

Fresh Taco Salad

Surdyk's Greek Orzo Salad

Purple-black Kalamata olives and feta cheese blend with rice-shape orzo, fresh herbs and tomatoes for this Greek salad from Surdyk's Cheese Shop in Minneapolis. It's been a reader favorite since we first published it in June 2003.

Surdyk's Greek Orzo Salad

Tangy Topper Poppy Seed Dressing

Onion and poppy seeds flavor this creamy salad dressing, which goes on fresh spinach-and-fruit salad at My Just Desserts restaurant in Alton, Illinois. Try it on cut-up cantaloupe, watermelon and blueberries.

Tangy Topper Poppy Seed Dressing

Chef's Garden Salad

Prepare this layered salad a day ahead so the flavors can blend. For a group, make the salad in a 3-quart clear bowl rather than individual glasses.

Chef's Garden Salad

Tuna/Pasta Bliss

Fun three-color pasta, cubed cheese, albacore tuna and roasted sweet red peppers combine for a refreshing chilled pasta salad. The recipe makes four main-dish servings or eight to 10 side-dish servings.

Tuna/Pasta Bliss

Berry-Balsamic Vinaigrette

The sweet tang of this rosy dressing pairs nicely with nuts, cheese, avocado or grilled chicken breast in a mixed green salad. A full 2 cups of strawberries boost the dressing's vitamin C and fiber; the olive oil is high in omega-3 fatty acids, a healthy fat that fights inflammation and protects against heart disease.

Berry-Balsamic Vinaigrette

Italian Rice Salad

Italian Rice Salad includes fragrant, nutty-tasting brown basmati rice, bell peppers in a variety of colors, red onions and plenty of garlic. "It's kind of soft, kind of crunchy, a little sweet and a little tangy," says Ohio cooking school expert Bev Schaffer, who gave us the recipe. "A co-worker took it to a family reunion several years ago, and he can't go to a reunion without it now."

Italian Rice Salad

Cherry Vinaigrette

Chefs at North Peak Brewing Company in Traverse City, Michigan, make this tangy, thick, cherry-color dressing for tossed salads. We like it over fresh fruit, too.

Cherry Vinaigrette

Fresh Herb Tuna Salad

Jazz up tuna salad with a little curry powder and a variety of herbs: chives, lovage (its leaves taste like celery), sorrel (a large-leafed herb with a tangy flavor), tarragon and dillweed. Serve in a yellow or red sweet pepper for an appealing presentation.

Fresh Herb Tuna Salad

Thai Chicken and Soba Noodle Salad

Thai Chicken Salad blends Asian buckwheat noodles, a peanut sauce and crunchy fresh vegetables and greens.

Thai Chicken and Soba Noodle Salad

Grilled Green Tomatoes with Garden Herb Salad

This recipe is perfect just before the beginning of tomato season and just as it ends. Grilling the tomatoes gives them a smokiness that complements their natural tanginess. 

Grilled Green Tomatoes with Garden Herb Salad

Asian-Style Vinaigrette

Toss this light soy-ginger dressing with a bag of slaw mix and roasted peanuts for a nutritious side dish on stir-fry night. The recipe uses canola oil and sesame oil, which are both good choices as part of a balanced diet.

Asian-Style Vinaigrette

Goat Cheese and Roasted Beet Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

The intense flavor of beets mixes with goat cheese in this salad from Capriole Farmstead Goat Cheeses in Greenville, Indiana. "You have to love that earthy, rich flavor" of beets, farm owner Judy Schad says. "If so, you'll find it was simply meant to pair with goat cheese."

Goat Cheese and Roasted Beet Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

New Ham and Rice Salad

Update traditional ham and peas with wild rice and a dried tomato vinaigrette.

New Ham and Rice Salad

Watermelon, Feta and Mint Salad

Combine just five ingredients for this juicy salad recipe. It offers an unusual blend of ingredients that complement each other. We liked the sweet fruit with cheese.

Watermelon, Feta and Mint Salad

Romaine Hearts with Lemon-Honey Vinaigrette

We based this salad on heart of romaine lettuce because it's so easy to serve. Colorful cherry tomatoes and tangy Kalamata olives add flavor and visual interest.

Romaine Hearts with Lemon-Honey Vinaigrette

Grapefruit and Kiwifruit Salad

Homemade Grapefruit Vinaigrette tops a juicy salad of grapefruit sections, kiwifruit, sliced fennel and crumbled bacon.

Grapefruit and Kiwifruit Salad

Fennel-and-Orange Salad

Sweet-flavored, with a hint of anise, fennel adds freshness to this colorful salad from an Indianapolis caterer.

Fennel-and-Orange Salad

Buttermilk Pesto Dressing

Try this creamy blend on a green salad with chicken or shrimp, or use it in a pasta salad with cherry tomatoes. We also like it drizzled over grilled or steamed asparagus. Although this dressing tastes creamy, the  rich flavor comes from the pesto;  Greek yogurt adds protein and calcium.

Buttermilk Pesto Dressing

Mexican-Style Chicken Salad

An unusual combination of cubed potatoes, carrots, zucchini, peas and jalapeno peppers mixes with chicken and mayonnaise for a salad that's popular at a Newton, Kansas, restaurant.

Mexican-Style Chicken Salad

Flint Hills Beef Salad

This recipe comes from a reader who lives on a farm in the Flint Hills region of Kansas, where beef is king. She tosses her favorite meat with salad greens, bacon

Flint Hills Beef Salad

Balsamic Chicken Salad

Marinate baked chicken with wine, balsamic vinegar, tarragon and orange peel. The recipe is from West Point Market in Akron, Ohio.

Balsamic Chicken Salad

Susan's Tomato-Basil Salad

Fresh basil and juicy tomatoes star in this side-dish salad from an Urbana, Illinois, reader.

Susan's Tomato-Basil Salad

Spicy Rice and Red Bean Salad

Chili powder kicks up the heat in this salad from the Spice House in Evanston, Illinois. For tamer flavor, use the smaller seasoning amount.

Spicy Rice and Red Bean Salad

Wild Rice-Chicken Salad

Two types of rice blend with chicken, sweet pepper, snow peas and two bottled salad dressings for a fresh, zesty salad. The recipe is from Minerva's in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Wild Rice-Chicken Salad

Roasted Beet Salad

Beets grab your attention and taste buds in this recipe from Roger and Evelyn Dearsman of Green Springs, Ohio, who sell produce at North Market in Columbus, Ohio.

Roasted Beet Salad

Peach Pecan Vinaigrette with Spring Green Salad

Sarah Slater of Casa Nueva looks forward to fresh peaches appearing at her farmers market in Athens, Ohio. This is just one way she uses the juicy fruit.

Peach Pecan Vinaigrette with Spring Green Salad

Crisp Portobello Mushroom and Spring Carrot Salad

Goat cheese and chives top golden skillet-cooked mushrooms and cooked carrots in this recipe from Sarah Stegner of Prairie Grass Cafe in Chicago. Homemade honey-mustard vinaigrette adds a pleasing tang.

Crisp Portobello Mushroom and Spring Carrot Salad

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