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30 Sumptuous Salads

Looking for a special salad? These side dish and main salads feature tempting ingredients, such as Gorgonzola cheese, dried cranberries, root vegetables and persimmons.
New Ham and Rice Salad

New Ham and Rice Salad

The traditional ham and pea salad gets an update with wild rice and a dried tomato vinaigrette.

New Ham and Rice Salad

Roasted Pork and Beet Salad

Heart-healthy walnuts and lean pork tenderloin make this dinner salad as nutritious as it is colorful. You can pop a package of whole-grain take-and-bake rolls in the oven after you remove the pork. By the time you've assembled the salad, the rolls will be ready.

Roasted Pork and Beet Salad

Sweet and Spicy Steak Salad

Sirloin strips marinated in raspberry-chipotle vinaigrette get caramelized edges on the grill. Pile skewers on mixed greens with goat cheese and veggies, then pass the tongs and dressing.

Sweet and Spicy Steak Salad

Spiced Pecan Apple Salad

Pecans, feta cheese, a Red Delicious apple and zesty vinaigrette combine for a memorable salad. "This recipe comes to us courtesy of the Junior League of Chicago. It is from their cookbook, Celebrate Chicago! A Taste of Our Town," says Patty Erd, co-owner the Spice House in Chicago.

Spiced Pecan Apple Salad

Wheat Berry Waldorf Salad

Apples, dried cranberries and grapes meet crunchy celery and wheat berries in this colorful salad tossed with apple-cinnamon dressing.

Wheat Berry Waldorf Salad

Winter Pear Salad

The recipe for this simple side salad of yellow tomatoes, tangy cheese, walnuts and greens with Dijon vinaigrette comes from a Des Plaines, Illinois, restaurant.

Winter Pear Salad

Chicken-Romaine Salad

Dried berries give a burst of fruit flavor to this easy recipe that starts with rotisserie chicken.

Chicken-Romaine Salad

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.

Italian Rice Salad

Midwest-Style Cobb Salad

We gave this Cobb salad a Heartland twist, with steak instead of the usual chicken. Maytag blue cheese stands in for traditional Roquefort. Use cantaloupe for the avocado.

Midwest-Style Cobb Salad

Savory Cabbage Salad

A refreshing ginger vinaigrette seasons this salad with Asian-style ingredients. The uncooked noodles soften some while chilling, but still add crunch.

Savory Cabbage Salad

Wilted Spinach Salad with Hot Bacon Dressing

This recipe, from Cheli's Chili Bar in Dearborn, Michigan, dresses up a classic side-dish wilted salad. "I really enjoyed the addition of fresh mushrooms and hard-boiled eggs," notes a reviewer on our website. "I could easily make a meal of this."

Wilted Spinach Salad with Hot Bacon Dressing

Apple and Couscous-Bulgur Salad

Apple cider and lemon juice add a touch of pucker that keeps this hearty grain salad from tasting too sweet. For a nutritional boost, use whole wheat couscous.

Apple and Couscous-Bulgur Salad

Duck and Asian Pear Salad

This elegant salad features Napa cabbage, pecan-coated goat cheese, duck and winter pears with honey-peach dressing.

Duck and Asian Pear Salad

Harvest Root Vegetable Salad

Five root vegetables pack this side salad; fresh beets unite them all with a rosy tint. Tarragon vinaigrette adds sweet-sour flavor.

Harvest Root Vegetable Salad

Pancetta-Feta Red Cabbage

Pancetta (an ultrathin Italian bacon) bumps up the flavor in this multicolored veggie side dish.

Pancetta-Feta Red Cabbage

New Ham and Rice Salad

The traditional ham and pea salad gets an update with wild rice and a dried tomato vinaigrette.

New Ham and Rice Salad

Warm Asparagus Salad

This warm vegetable salad boasts a flavorful blend of goat cheese, dates, pecans and asparagus tossed with balsamic vinaigrette.

Warm Asparagus Salad

Harvest Salad with Walnut Oil Vinaigrette

Walnut oil adds a nutty flavor to vinaigrette on this colorful salad from Clabber Girl Bake Shop in Terre Haute, Indiana. Add cooked chicken for a quick main dish.

Harvest Salad with Walnut Oil Vinaigrette

Butternut Squash and Apple Salad

Sweet squash and apple pair with sharp Gorgonzola and tangy dressing in this autumn salad from Black Star Farm in Suttons Bay, Michigan. The dressing calls for verjus, a tart pressed grape juice. You can order verjust online or find it as specialty stores, but wine vinegar makes a good substitute.

Butternut Squash and Apple 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

Cranberry Cashew Salad

Sliced apples, roasted cashews and dried fruit combine with mango chutney, spinach leaves and curry for an exotic, fresh-tasting salad. The recipe comes from the New Albany (Ohio) Cooking with Friends community cookbook.

Cranberry Cashew Salad

Little Traveler's Chopped Salad

Bacon and French-fried onions punch up the flavor in this crunchy, fresh-tasting, main-dish salad from Little Traveler, a gift shop-cafe in Geneva, Illinois.

Little Traveler's Chopped Salad

Herbed Winter Salad

Roasting intensifies the flavor of roma tomatoes for this herb-splashed salad. Mushrooms, grapes and walnuts round out the flavors.

Herbed Winter Salad

BLT Salad

Shad Kirton, award-winning chef and co-owner of Absolute Flavors Catering/Smokey D's BBQ in Des Moines, created this salad based on the classic sandwich.

BLT Salad

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

Winter Orange Salad

Croutons made from walnuts or pecans infuse nutty flavor into this tossed salad, with oranges and dried cranberries. Nut producers Barb and Dwight Ittner of Noel, Missouri, created the recipe.

Winter Orange Salad

Broccoli Grape Salad

Salty bacon flavors juicy grapes and crunchy broccoli. The side-dish saladrecipe comes from the Triangle Ranch B&B in South Dakota.

Broccoli Grape Salad

Fennel Apple Salad

Tangy Granny Smith apples combine with radicchio and fennel in this refreshing side-dish salad. Mustard and citrus flavor the dressing.

Fennel Apple Salad

Asian Coleslaw

Toss red and green cabbage, chopped apple and green onions with a ginger-spiced dressing for a crunchy salad. Sesame oil and rice vinegar add Asian flavor.

Asian Coleslaw

Costa Rican Hearts of Palm Salad

Mix avocado, papaya and olives with hearts of palm for an exotic, colorful salad. Hearts of palm look like white asparagus without the tips and taste like artichoke.

Costa Rican Hearts of Palm Salad

Roasted Pear and Clementine Salad

This beauty of a salad blends tangy Gorgonzola and balsamic dressing with sweet roasted fruit.

Roasted Pear and Clementine Salad

Persimmon, Blood Orange and Pomegranate Salad

It takes time to peel and section or slice fruit for this salad, but the result is a colorful burst of fresh flavor that's worth the effort. To save time, use 2-3 cups jarred, drained, sectioned citrus fruit in place of the four oranges.

Persimmon, Blood Orange and Pomegranate Salad

Smoked Salmon Potato Salad

Potato salad, a favorite comfort food, gets classy with smoked fish, radicchio and romaine hearts. Serve warm with a walnut-mustard vinaigrette.

Smoked Salmon Potato Salad

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