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Healthy Salad Recipes and Cooking Tips

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The Wedge

Forget iceberg; the traditional Wedge salad is better with Romaine lettuce and a healthier ranch-style dressing.

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Loaded Spinach Salad

Like many spinach salads, this one features lots of chopped-up hard-boiled egg. But since most of the calories in an egg are in the yolk, this recipe uses just two whole eggs, plus the whites from six additional eggs, for a satisfying spinach salad that keeps the calories in check.

» Loaded Spinach Salad

EatingWell Power Salad

Here's our take on a traditional chef's salad, which is anything but light fare when it's heaped with meats and cheeses. Our version keeps the satisfaction factor with lean turkey breast and reduced-fat Swiss cheese - and adds plenty of colorful vegetables to the mix.

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Spring Chicken & Blue Cheese Salad

This main-dish chicken salad has bright flavors of tarragon in a creamy blue cheese dressing with just a touch of sweetness from honey.

» Spring Chicken & Blue Cheese Salad

Spicy Green Salad with Soy & Roasted Garlic Dressing

Piquant greens, such as mizuna and red mustard, are mellowed with a sweet-and-savory dressing that includes a whole head of roasted garlic. Add a skewer of grilled shrimp or teriyaki beef to make it a main course. To soften the leaves, heat the dressing just before serving and pour over the greens.

» Spicy Green Salad with Soy & Roasted Garlic Dressing

Mâche & Chicken Salad with Honey-Tahini Dressing

In this salad, mâche is tossed with spring ingredients—new red-skinned potatoes and fresh peas—and a lemony tahini dressing and chicken.

» Mâche & Chicken Salad with Honey-Tahini Dressing

Crispy Speck & Melon Salad

A brief flash in the pan transforms paper-thin slices of smoky speck—cured, thinly sliced pork like prosciutto—into savory crisps to hold the melon salad in this healthy appetizer recipe. Look for speck in specialty markets or at Italian grocers. If you can’t find it, the sweet saltiness of prosciutto is a fine stand-in.

» Crispy Speck & Melon Salad


Super satisfying salads and delicious dressings.

Salads and diets have always had a delicious partnership. But salads are healthful and satisfying even if you’re not watching your waistline. With vegetables at their core, salads are great sources of vitamin C, and the leafiest among them supply plenty of that “foliage” vitamin, folate. The most colorful combinations—spiked with tomatoes, carrots, cabbages or bell peppers—also deliver vitamin A (as beta carotene), lycopene and other key phytonutrients. A great salad deserves a great dressing, of course, so we've also created plenty to use interchangeably. This collection of delicious salad recipes includes hearty main-dish salads that help you feel full and satisfied, as well as lighter salads to serve as a side dish or appetizer. Dig into one tonight, and you’re well on your way to starting your own salad habit.

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Healthy Main Dish Salad Recipes

An unusual and rich flavor combination; serve this salad...
Chicken, melon, walnuts and feta top mixed salad greens for...
This hearty combination of whole-wheat couscous and lentils...
Cultivated dandelion greens are a bit milder than their...
Here's our take on a traditional chef's salad,...
This quick tofu salad is flavored with feta, onion, olives...
This gorgeous salad combines fresh shrimp, cucumber,...
Like many spinach salads, this one features lots of chopped...
In this salad, mâche is tossed with spring ingredients—new...
Adding canned beans is a quick, convenient way to make a...
Look for prewashed packages of Asian-style salad mixes at...
Cooked peeled shrimp is perfect for quick and healthy meals...
This main-dish chicken salad has bright flavors of tarragon...
This hearty steak and potato salad is inspired by salpicón...
The steak for a Thai salad is often marinated before it...
We give this Thai-style beef salad a sweet twist by adding...
This steak salad recipe is packed with fresh summer corn,...

Healthy Side Salad Recipes

This unusual salad ties together earthy greens, sweet-tart...
Here's a salad version of America's favorite...
Finely chopped raw broccoli is tender and mild--here it...
Feta cheese and chickpeas lend a Mediterranean flair to...
Caraway and cauliflower are a match that brings to mind...
Toasting the pita adds crunch to this bright-tasting salad...
Tangy lemon and fresh dill make a bright dressing for...
This colorful salad offers a symphony of flavors and...
Oak leaf and baby romaine lettuces are so tender they'...
Double this fresh and colorful salad and top each portion...
Though it tastes rich and creamy, this potato salad is made...
Smoked trout tops heart-shaped watercress and mixed greens...
Piquant greens, such as mizuna and red mustard, are...
The combination of pink grapefruit sections, dark green...
Forget iceberg; the traditional Wedge salad is better with...
In this springtime salad, dandelion greens (or spinach, if...
In this Asian-inspired salad, the peppery flavor of...
In this healthy panzanella recipe, a classic Italian bread...
A brief flash in the pan transforms paper-thin slices of...

Healthy Salad Dressing Recipes

Creamy blue cheese dressing is still rich and delicious...
Cottage cheese blended in a food processor to a creamy...
Pureeing vegetables into a salad dressing is a great way to...
This garlicky mustard vinaigrette is great to have in your...
Tomatoes and goat cheese pair deliciously in this dressing...
This creamy dressing is full of fresh herbs and tangy...
Extra-virgin olive oil and lemon juice are the backbone of...
What this dressing lacks in calories and fat it makes up...
Made with mellow roasted garlic and chicken broth, this...
Invest a little extra time in this recipe to slow-roast the...
The roasted-nut and citrus flavors of this easy dressing go...
Roasted garlic gives this Asian-inspired dressing a deep,...
Sweet raisins, honey and carrot juice balance the heat of...

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