20 Epic Salad Recipes

Craving fresh salads this time of year? Find 20 delicious and healthy salad recipes at cookieandkate.com

Happy Sunday! This time of year, all I want to eat are big, fresh, colorful salads. I’m still finalizing the details on my next “giant salad challenge” recipe but enjoyed the latest rendition all week long. For now, I thought I’d round up, oh, twenty of my favorites for you all to enjoy. You can always view my full salad archives here.

I’m so glad my cookbook is finally available, because I’ve had to keep eleven of my new favorite big salad recipes secret for the past year. In the book, you’ll also find four of my go-to homemade salad dressings, side salad suggestions for each season, and a five-step guide to designing your own epic salad.

Remember, salads keep best when the dressing is stored separately from the rest. I like to make a big batch of salad and keep it in the fridge for whenever hunger strikes. Just drizzle dressing into individual portions and enjoy. What kind of salad would you like to see next?!

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Truly the best Italian chopped salad recipe! It's vegetarian (easily vegan), too.

1) Vegetarian Italian Chopped Salad

Gluten free and easily vegan

“I made your vegetarian Italian chop salad recipe. I loved it. The Italian dressing was better the second day. Great recipe! I added some chopped grilled chicken for my husband who is not vegetarian. It is one of the best vegetable salads I have eaten. I will make it often” – Donna

My favorite chickpea salad recipe with carrots, dill and celery. So easy to make! cookieandkate.com

2) Chickpea Salad with Carrots and Dill

Gluten free and vegan

“Love this recipe! It is great for meal prepping and easily doubles or triples. I make one big container full and it lasts my husband and I all week. I use fresh dill PLUS dill infused olive oil instead of regular olive oil. It is such an inexpensive meal to make and totally beats the store bought salads or fast food for lunches. Thanks again for another fantastic recipe.” – Marie

This mega crunchy romaine salad is bursting with fresh and flavorful ingredients! cookieandkate.com

3) Mega Crunchy Romaine Salad with Quinoa

Gluten free and easily vegan

“I love this salad! I crave it regularly, and it is always so satisfying! The dressing is almost better the second day, once all the flavors meld together. This is a definite favorite in our house.” – Kelsey

This fresh, herbed quinoa and chickpea salad makes a satisfying lunch and a great holiday side dish.

4) Herbed Quinoa & Chickpea Salad with Lemon-Tahini Dressing

Gluten free and easily vegan

“This salad is so good, definitely one of the best I’ve had or made in a long time. It’s the perfect post-workout meal for a vegetarian because it is packed with protein and greens! And the dressing is delicious!” – Sophia

Beautiful Greek salad made with wedges of romaine lettuce, fresh tomatoes, olives and herbs piled on top, and a lemon tahini dressing. Easily vegan. cookieandkate.com

5) Greek Wedge Salad

Gluten free and vegan

“I made this last night for dinner and it was SO good!!!!! Thank you!!! I can’t wait for your cookbook to come out.” – Tamar

Mediterranean pasta salad with raw squash and feta - cookieandkate.com

6) Mediterranean Pasta Salad with Raw Squash and Feta

Easily gluten free and easily vegan

“Made it and loved it! As I am currently obsessed with spiralizing my vegetables, I turned the squash into thin noodles. Otherwise I did everything as instructed and absolutely loved this yummy and satisfying salad! :)” – Paige

Fresh Thai green salad with sweet mango, bell pepper and a spicy peanut dressing! cookieandkate.com

7) Thai Mango Salad with Peanut Dressing

Gluten free and easily vegan

“Another great recipe! Just the right amount of sweet,heat,and crunch! We live in Cape Coral FL and have been looking for some new mango recipes. The trees are full of ripe mangoes now. Thanks for the recipe!” – Ann

Healthy potato salad made with fresh herbs! So simple and so good. cookieandkate.com

8) Mayo-Free Red Potato Salad

Gluten free and vegan

“Love, love, love this potato salad! This recipe is definitely a keeper. The flavors are spot-on. Didn’t change a thing. My husband, who has always been a mayo potato salad kind of guy, says he will be making this for his company’s next potluck cookout.” – Susan

Super versatile kale salad recipe with an amazing green tahini salad dressing - cookieandkate.com

9) Anything-Goes Kale Salad with Green Tahini Dressing

Easily gluten free and easily vegan

“The dressing is spectacular! Didn’t have cilantro so replaced it with parsley. Had this salad even the next day for breakfast ;)” – Karolina

Lemon-parsley bean salad recipe

10) Lebanese Lemon-Parsley Bean Salad

Gluten free and vegan

“Love this salad!! As a student I need to pack lunches to get me through the day without having to buy something expensive on campus each time. This salad is filling, healthy and super yum! Thanks for the recipe!” – Jenny

Fennel, apple and kale salad

11) Autumn Kale Salad with Fennel, Honeycrisp and Goat Cheese

Gluten free and easily vegan

“This salad is delicious and to my surprise it was devoured by my 2 and 4 year olds, who rarely eat salads. Thank you” – Bridget

This simple quinoa salad is perfect for packed lunches! cookieandkate.com

12) Sun-Dried Tomato, Spinach and Quinoa Salad

Gluten free and vegan

“This salad is delicious! Shared with many friends. Big hit! Thanks for your amazing recipes. They make eating vegetarian easy!” – Meg

Arugula and wild rice salad with dried cherries, toasted almonds and feta!

13) Arugula, Dried Cherry and Wild Rice Salad with a Zippy Lemon Dressing

Gluten free and easily vegan

“Just made this as a trial run for a Thanksgiving side salad option and my whole family LOVED it. What I appreciate most about the salad is how easy it is to make, but how complex and multi-layered the flavors are! And my pups loved cleaning up the leftovers :). Thanks for another great recipe!” – Amy

Reset with this colorful and healthy beet, spinach and quinoa salad! - cookieandkate.com

14) Colorful Beet Salad with Carrot, Quinoa & Spinach

Gluten free and easily vegan

“I’m a guy who doesn’t really cook. But my sister-in-law made this and it blew my mind. Best salad I’ve ever had. I plan to make it a staple in my weekly diet. Like – every day. I can eat the same thing daily if I like it enough. This one is there with so much health in such a tight package of amazingness.” – Jason

Simple green salad recipe - cookieandkate.com

15) Favorite Green Salad with Apples, Cranberries and Pepitas

Gluten free and easily vegan

“Delicious salad! I’ve never toasted pepitas like that before. My son and husband liked it. They told me to make it everyday!. Thanks for sharing.” – Lily

Simple and delicious Greek broccoli salad recipe - cookieandkate.com

16) Greek Broccoli Salad

Gluten free and easily vegan

“Made this last night and it was amazing! My bf loved it so much he had 3rds, and he is not usually a huge salad guy. What a delicious way to eat veggies. I used pepitas instead of almonds for allergy reasons. I will 100% make this again. Thank you for all your wonderful, plant-centric recipes!” – Lara

Sun-dried tomato Caesar salad recipe from Date Night In by Ashley Rodriguez - cookieandkate.com

17) Ashley’s Sun-Dried Tomato Caesar Salad

Vegetarian and delicious

“This salad is my new fave!! It’s amazing!! I even have the Date Night In cookbook and somehow this recipe slipped by me.” – Ashley

This healthy green salad tastes amazing! Featuring crisp romaine, edamame, chopped cabbage, bell pepper and broccoli in homemade carrot-ginger salad dressing.

18) Colorful Chopped Salad with Carrot Ginger Dressing

Gluten free and easily vegan

“I can’t believe it never dawned on me to make one big salad! I’ve been trying to motivate my fiance to make his own lunches for work and this has made all the difference. We’ve been loving your recipes since we decided to eat more plant-based and this is the first of your salad recipes I’ve tried. Besides being delicious, it’s so pretty. I’m planning on making it for my fiance’s surprise 30th birthday party this weekend!” – Samantha

Roasted cauliflower and farro salad with feta and avocado - cookieandkate.com

19) Roasted Cauliflower and Farro Salad with Feta and Avocado

Easily vegan

“One of my absolute favorite lunches- cook a big batch and it lasts all week with fresh greens and avocado! Serious win.” – Julie

Arugula, carrot and chickpea salad with wheat berries by Cookie and Kate

20) Arugula, Carrot and Chickpea Salad with Wheat Berries

Easily vegan

“Hello! I made this salad for dinner tonight with arugula from my CSA. Terrific recipe! I especially LOVED the dressing. Thanks!” – Ann

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