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Healthy Recipes/ Salad Recipes

Blueberry Broccoli Spinach Salad with Poppyseed Ranch

This amazing delicious Blueberry Broccoli Spinach Salad with Poppyseed Ranch is the perfect blend of savory sweetness and definitely is one of most favorite salads of all time!

Blueberry Broccoli Spinach Salad with Poppyseed Ranch

Though it looks like it’s straight out of a gourmet bistro, this quick and simple salad is easily thrown together with just a few flavorful ingredients at home! Snag your go to pre-made dressing or try my homemade poppyseed ranch!

Blueberry Broccoli Spinach Salad with Poppyseed Ranch

You can customize this Blueberry Broccoli Spinach Salad with all your favorite salad mix-ins. For example, this recipe used a feta made of goat and sheep’s milk, but you can also use straight up goat cheese or cow’s milk feta. You not a fan of blueberries? Try strawberries, raspberries, or even chopped apple as a fruity sub.

Blueberry Broccoli Spinach Salad with Poppyseed Ranch

This amazing delicious Blueberry Broccoli Spinach Salad with Poppyseed Ranch is the perfect blend of savory sweetness and definitely is one of most favorite salads of all time!
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 2
Calories 265 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1/4 cup blueberries
  • 4 oz fresh baby spinach
  • 1/2 a ripe avocado
  • 1/2 cup chopped broccoli
  • 2-4 TBSP dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 2-4 TBSP roasted sunflower seeds unsalted
  • black pepper to taste optional

POPPY SEED RANCH DRESSING:

  • 1/2 cup of plain greek yogurt or sour cream
  • 1 tsp poppy seeds
  • 1/4 cup good quality mayonnaise homemade or store bought
  • 1/4 cup of buttermilk extra if desired
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice or white vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 tsp dried parsley
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp dried dill
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 1/8-1/4 tsp garlic powder to taste
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt

Instructions
 

  • Start with the dressing (skip if using premade)
  • Ranch dressing always tastes it’s absolute best made ahead of time. Whisk and chill for a few hours before serving or make things simple by tossing it together the night before.
  • Peel 1 clove of garlic, then smash and mince it into a paste.
  • Season with salt.
  • Combine salted garlic paste with remaining dressing ingredients and whisk well.
  • Pop in the fridge to chill for a few hours for flavors to set.
  • Wash + dry spinach.
  • Combine with broccoli, blueberries, dried cranberries, avocado, feta cheese, and sunflower seeds.
  • Toss with dressing and serve.
  • Season with black pepper, to taste.
Healthy Recipes/ Salad Recipes

Homemade Summer Macaroni Salad

This incredible Homemade Macaroni Salad is a classic pasta salad recipe that so easy to prepare using tender macaroni tossed with fresh and colorful veggies and eggs, covered in a rich and creamy tangy dressing. The best salad dish for your perfect summer!

Homemade Summer Macaroni Salad

This macaroni salad recipe is perfect for summer cookouts and picnics, and it’s such a tasty side to pair with grilled or slow cooked meat any day of the year. Nothing super fancy here, just that delicious comfort food we crave! Everything here combined together just creates a harmonious blend of satisfying flavor. It has a delicious blend of fresh, colorful ingredients, a tempting light crunch and such a refreshing taste!

To make the macaroni salad dressing, you’ll need Mayonnaise (use good quality mayo for best flavor); Plain Greek yogurt; White wine vinegar (red wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar will work great here too); Dijon mustard; Honey; and Salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Homemade Summer Macaroni Salad

And for the rest of this simple macaroni salad, you’ll need:

Dry elbow macaroni
Hard boiled eggs
Red bell pepper
Matchstick carrots
Celery
Red onion
Fresh parsley

What to serve with this salad?

Southern Fried Chicken
Southern Fried Chicken recipe starts with a hot sauce, buttermilk brine, and a well seasoned, flour and cornstarch crust for maximum crunch! This is a true family favorite and delivers on crunch, flavor and juicy chicken on the inside.
Kansas City Style Ribs
These are typically characterized by the thick, sticky sauce brushed on in the last 30 minutes of cooking. The dry rub and sauce are on the sweet side using a brown sugar base, but are balanced with chili powder and pepper, producing some truly finger licking good ribs.
BBQ Smoked Meatloaf
Smokey sweet, tender and with little effort on your part, you can deliver this BBQ Smoked Meatloaf made right on your grill and not heat up the kitchen!
Old Fashioned Cherry Crisp
Bing cherries covered in a simple flour, sugar, oat and egg crumble that gets melted butter poured on top and baked to a golden brown.
Gramma’s Easy Berry Cobbler
A tasty, buttery batter that gets poured over fresh seasonal berries of choice is baked to a golden brown and is ready for a scoop of ice cream or whipped cream.

Homemade Summer Macaroni Salad

How to Make Macaroni Salad

Cook the pasta: Cook macaroni in salted water, to al dente according to directions on package.
Drain and rinse: Drain and rinse with cold water until completely cool, drain very well (or toss drained macaroni with a little olive oil and refrigerate until cool).
Make the macaroni salad dressing: In a medium mixing bowl stir together mayonnaise, Greek yogurt, vinegar, mustard, honey, and season with salt and pepper to taste.
Add salad ingredients to mixing bowl: Add well drained macaroni to a large mixing bowl along with eggs, bell pepper, carrots, celery and onion.
Toss with dressing: Pour dressing over top, add in parsley and toss mixture to evenly coat. Serve or store in refrigerator.

Making the salad ahead of time actually gives the macaroni some time to soak up all that flavor and makes for a cold pasta salad. You can store this homemade macaroni salad in the fridge for up to 2 days.

Homemade Summer Macaroni Salad

This incredible Homemade Macaroni Salad is a classic pasta salad recipe that so easy to prepare using tender macaroni tossed with fresh and colorful veggies and eggs, covered in a rich and creamy tangy dressing. The best salad dish for your perfect summer!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 8

Ingredients
  

Dressing:

  • ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • ½ cup Hellmann's or Best Foods Mayonnaise
  • 2 tsp dijon mustard ** then more to taste (I like about 4 tsp)
  • 1 ½ Tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 2 tsp honey
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Macaroni Salad:

  • 2 steamed or hard boiled eggs peeled and chopped
  • 8 oz dry elbow macaroni
  • 1 cup matchstick carrots roughly chopped
  • 1 cup diced red bell pepper
  • ¼ cup diced red onion
  • ¾ cup diced celery
  • 1 - 2 Tbsp minced fresh parsley

Instructions
 

  • Cook macaroni in salted water according to directions on package (I added about 1/2 tbsp salt to the water).
  • Drain and rinse with cold water until completely cool. Let drain very well.
  • In a medium mixing bowl stir together mayonnaise, Greek yogurt, vinegar, mustard, honey, and season with salt and pepper to taste (start with about 1/2 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper then add more salt after you've added the dressing to the pasta).
  • Add well drained macaroni to a large mixing bowl along with eggs, bell pepper, carrots, celery and onion (if you like to have some color over you salad I like set aside some of the veggies to sprinkle over the top).
  • Pour dressing over top, add in parsley and toss mixture to evenly coat.
Healthy Recipes/ Salad Recipes/ Vegan Recipes

Orzo Arugula Salad with Lemon Basil Vinaigrette

Delicious, zesty, peppery orzo arugula salad topped with sweet and tangy cranberries, sun-dried red peppers and a homemade lemon basil vinaigrette. It’s a healthy, vegan, refreshing salad to make ahead for midweek lunches or you can even to serve alongside grilled chicken or fish for weeknight dinners.

Orzo Arugula Salad with Lemon Basil Vinaigrette
This salad is perfect for late summer and early fall. It’s got fresh greens and a homemade lemon basil vinaigrette, but also cranberries and toasted almonds. The original, authentic recipe includes pine nuts, not almonds. Pine nuts can be pretty expensive. It also called for a scoop of ricotta which is probably a lot easier to find in most grocery stores, however, if you can find burrata I highly recommend grabbing some!

Burrata is a ball of fresh Italian mozzarella cheese. It is filled with rich, thick cream. It’s perfect in salads or with grilled fruit and vegetables. It also tastes amazing with toasted bread and fresh pesto or bruschetta.

How To Make Orzo Arugula Salad with Lemon Basil Vinaigrette

For this recipe, you’ll want to cook the orzo first. Let it cool and toss with a drizzle of olive oil. Meanwhile, wash the greens, chop the ingredients for the dressing, and toast the almonds. Once everything is ready, toss it in a large mixing bowl, then plate on a large serving platter or on individual salad plates. Add the burrata and drizzle with olive oil, add a crack of black pepper and a pinch of flaky sea salt.

Orzo Arugula Salad with Lemon Basil Vinaigrette

This salad packed with so many textures and flavors and they all work so well together! It’s a fresh, vibrant salad perfect for those last few days of summer and early fall.

Orzo Arugula Salad with Lemon Basil Vinaigrette

Delicious, zesty, peppery orzo arugula salad topped with sweet and tangy cranberries, sun-dried red peppers and a homemade lemon basil vinaigrette. It’s a healthy, vegan, refreshing salad to make ahead for midweek lunches or you can even to serve alongside grilled chicken or fish for weeknight dinners.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Servings 2

Ingredients
  

For the orzo:

  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • 1 c. uncooked orzo

For the salad:

  • 3 tbsp. chopped sun-dried red bell peppers in oil chopped
  • 2 balls burrata or 1/3 c. ricotta cheese
  • 5 oz. baby arugula or baby arugula blend washed and dried
  • 1/4 c. sliced almonds or pine nuts toasted
  • 1/4 c. dried cranberries
  • 1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. coarse kosher sea salt

For the dressing:

  • 1/4 c. olive oil
  • 1/4 c. fresh lemon juice + 1 tsp. lemon zest
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 tsp. dijon mustard
  • half a small shallot
  • 8 basil leaves
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. coarse kosher sea salt
  • pinch ground black pepper

Instructions
 

  • Set a large saucepan with water over high heat, bring to a boil. Cook orzo according to the package's instructions. Drain, rinse with cold water, then drizzle with olive oil. Set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl combine arugula, bell peppers, cranberries, nuts, salt, and pepper.
  • In a food processor or blender, combine all ingredients for the dressing, pulse until emulsified.
  • Add cool orzo to greens. Toss with dressing and plate on a large platter or on individual salad plates. Serve with burrata.
Healthy Recipes/ Salad Recipes

Spaghetti Salad

This spaghetti salad recipe is full of delicious flavor! Amazing pasta salad full of crunchy vegetables and parmesan cheese. The perfect dish to feed a crowd when you’re entertaining. This is a must-have recipe for summer potlucks!

Spaghetti Salad

This cold spaghetti salad is definitely favorite recipe to bring to gatherings. There’s something satisfying about being able to twirl spaghetti noodles around your fork. It just beats spearing rotini or bowtie pasta, doesn’t it? It’s a familiar favorite that’s always the first dish to disappear. This spaghetti salad is a hit at all of our gatherings – it’s fresh, colorful and feeds a crowd!

How To Make Spaghetti Salad

There are just so many different ways you could make this classic potluck recipe. You can really get creative with the fresh veggies you choose, To make spaghetti salad you’ll need cooked spaghetti, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, olives, bell peppers and red onions. The veggies are all chopped coarsely and tossed with the pasta in Italian dressing.

Next, you’ll just want to follow these easy instructions :
First, cook spaghetti according to directions on the box to al dente. Drain, rinse in cool water.
When completely cooled transfer the spaghetti to a large bowl. Add the Italian dressing, Salad Supreme, and the parmesan cheese, stir until evenly distributed.
After that, add the tomatoes, red bell pepper, onion, cucumber, black olives and the pepperoni. Toss until all ingredients are coated. Let it chill for 1 hour before serving.

Spaghetti Salad

Honestly, like a lot of great pasta salads, it probably tastes even better on day two. Letting the pasta salad rest in the refrigerator allows the Italian salad dressing to soak into the spaghetti noodles.

In other words, a little time in the refrigerator can mean a whole lot of flavor in this spaghetti pasta salad! Keep in the refrigerator for a few days as a side dish for weeknight summer grilling.

Grilling is so great for busy weeknights when you don’t really feel like cooking. Just throw some burgers, chicken or steak on the grill and then pull out my large bowl of spaghetti pasta salad. It’s the perfect summer dinner combination.

Spaghetti Salad

This spaghetti salad recipe is full of delicious flavor! Amazing pasta salad full of crunchy vegetables and parmesan cheese. The perfect dish to feed a crowd when you’re entertaining. This is a must-have recipe for summer potlucks!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins
Servings 8

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pounds Thin spaghetti broken into thirds
  • 2 tablespoons McCormick’s Salad Supreme Seasoning
  • 1 16-ounce bottle Italian salad dressing
  • 1 10 oz. package cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
  • ½ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • ½ red onion diced
  • 1 red bell pepper diced
  • 2 2.5-ounce cans sliced black olives
  • 1 English cucumber sliced and quartered
  • 1 cup mini pepperoni

Instructions
 

  • Cook spaghetti according to directions on the box to al dente. Drain, rinse in cool water.
  • When completely cooled transfer the spaghetti to a large bowl. Add the Italian dressing, Salad Supreme, and the parmesan cheese, stir until evenly distributed.
  • Add the tomatoes, red bell pepper, onion, cucumber, black olives and the pepperoni. Toss until all ingredients are coated.
  • Chill for 1 hour before serving.
Healthy Recipes/ Salad Recipes

Tomato Cucumber Salad

Tomato Cucumber Salad is a classic salad, light, cooling, and refreshing. This easy salad is made with sliced cucumbers & juicy tomatoes and enhanced with slivers of red onion and fresh basil. One of the most favorite fresh and healthy side dishes!

Tomato Cucumber Salad

Fresh garden tomatoes and cucumbers are complete heaven. Serve cucumber tomato onion salad next to grilled or roasted meats or fish, such as marinated beef or chicken kabobs, grilled salmon, or pork tenderloin. You can try combination of fresh or dried oregano and basil in this salad to bring out its Mediterranean essence. Chopped fresh dill and-or parsley deliver equally excellent herbal notes.

How to Make Tomato Cucumber Salad

Making this recipes is very, very easy. Pretty much just combine all vegetables and toss with the dressing.

Slice vegetables. Cut your cherry tomatoes in half (or large tomatoes into chunks) and cut your cucumbers into 1/4” coins and add them to a bowl. Any type of cucumber will work for this salad, but I think English cucumber is ideal for this recipe. The peels are tender enough that there’s no need to remove them, and the seeds are virtually nonexistent. If you only have regular salad cukes on hand, those are perfectly suitable as well. Just peel them, and, if the seeds seem tough, scoop them out and then slice.

Toss with dressing. Honestly, this salad really doesn’t need much, a simple dressing allows the flavor of the veggies to shine and keeps the salad light and fresh. Drizzle olive oil and vinegar on top, toss the salad, and season it will red onion and basil. It’s that easy!

Tomato Cucumber Salad

This salad is easy and freshest when made right before serving, but you can prep it ahead of time if necessary. This salad tastes great served cold and can be made ahead. Of course it’s best made the day you’re serving it but you can keep it for a couple of days and drain any juices. Whenever I’m planning this dish and need to get a jump on dinner, I partially prep the tomato-cucumber salad. Cut vegetables and store them separately in the refrigerator. Toss with oil and vinegar when ready to serve.

Tomato Cucumber Salad

Tomato Cucumber Salad is a classic salad, light, cooling, and refreshing. This easy salad is made with sliced cucumbers & juicy tomatoes and enhanced with slivers of red onion and fresh basil. One of the most favorite fresh and healthy side dishes!
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Servings 6
Calories 65 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 5 mini cucumbers sliced into 1/4'' coins, or 1 1/2 English cucumbers
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh basil leaves chopped
  • 3 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons red onions diced
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Add cherry tomatoes and cucumbers to a bowl.
  • Drizzle olive oil and vinegar on top. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Toss everything to coat. Garnish with diced red onion and fresh basil.
Healthy Recipes/ Salad Recipes

Cucumber Greek Salad

This Cucumber Greek Salad is fresh, light and healthy. With just easy and quick preparation, it makes perfect side dish for any summer meal!

Cucumber Greek Salad

This Cucumber Greek Salad makes an amazing side dish to serve at almost any meal, especially at summer barbecues. When there’s lots of yummy desserts and other heavy dishes to chow down on, sometimes you just need to a fresh and healthier alternative, and this Cucumber Greek Salad definitely fits the bill!

In the United States many recipes and restaurant Greek salads include lettuce. But traditional Greek salads do not have lettuce in them. Instead they allow the cucumbers and tomatoes stand in for the bulk of the salad. The ingredients are chopped and tossed together.

This salad is so easy to throw together. The “hardest” part is chopping the veggies, and that really only takes about five minutes. No boiling of pasta here, and the dressing comes together in about a minute. Add in some spices, lemon juice, olive oil, and feta, and you are ready to go.

Cucumber Greek Salad

Juicy tomatoes and sweet red onions are always perfect together. Then that salty, tangy, goodness of kalamata olives and feta cheese! It is light and refreshing with all those in season veggies, but it still keeps me full!

You can definitely make this in a quick pinch for any barbecue or get-together this summer, but if you let it marinate for a couple of hours, the flavors will develop even more.

Cucumber Greek Salad

This Cucumber Greek Salad is fresh, light and healthy. With just easy and quick preparation, it makes perfect side dish for any summer meal!
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 14 mins
Servings 8

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cucumbers , peeled and chopped into 1/4 slices
  • ½ of a red onion , sliced
  • 4-6 Roma tomatoes , chopped
  • 1 ½ Tablespoons lemon juice
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ½ cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • Black olives , pitted and sliced (to taste)
  • Salt and Pepper , to taste

Instructions
 

  • In a large bowl, combine cucumbers, tomatoes, and onions.
  • In a smaller bowl, mix the olive oil, lemon juice, and dried oregano. Pour over the vegetables and mix well. Season salad with salt and pepper.
  • Sprinkle feta cheese and olives over the top of salad and mix. Taste and adjust spices if need be. Refrigerate until ready to eat. Enjoy!
Healthy Recipes/ Salad Recipes

Summer Vegetable Pasta Salad

This easy and delicious summer vegetable pasta salad is full of flavor, packed with incredible vibrant veggies with the right amount of crunch. This colorful pasta salad makes use of all those gorgeous summer vegetables.

Summer Vegetable Pasta Salad

The next time you’re asked to bring a dish to a party, bring this Summer Vegetable Pasta Salad. It’s a pasta salad full of plenty of vegetables, cheese and tossed with a good vinaigrette. I’ve been eating it about twice a day!

Summer Vegetable Pasta Salad

I know you’ll see the long list of ingredient, but don’t get intimidated by it. You can make this recipe really, really fast. Use whatever vegetables you can get your hands on but I find that it helps to try to hit most of the colors of the rainbow (the prettier the salad, the more appetizing). I also had about 2/3 of a jar of roasted red peppers in my fridge left over from my hummus pizza, so I sliced ’em up and threw them in there as well, but that is entirely optional.

Summer Vegetable Pasta Salad

This easy and delicious summer vegetable pasta salad is full of flavor, packed with incredible vibrant veggies with the right amount of crunch. This colorful pasta salad makes use of all those gorgeous summer vegetables.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Servings 8

Ingredients
  

Salad

  • 12 oz bow tie pasta
  • 1 medium summer squash
  • 2 medium roma tomatoes
  • 1 medium broccoli crown
  • ½ bunch parsley
  • 1 medium zucchini
  • 15 oz jar roasted red peppers 2/3 jar
  • ½ medium red onion

Dressing

  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 Tbsp dijon mustard
  • cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp garlic minced
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • fresh cracked black pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and boil for 5-7 minutes or until tender. Drain in a colander.
  • While you’re waiting for the pasta water to boil and the pasta to cook, prepare the vegetables (squash, zucchini, broccoli, tomato, onion, parsley, red pepper). Give the vegetables a good wash and then cut into bite sized pieces (onions and red pepper thinly sliced; parsley removed from stems and chopped).
  • While the pasta is cooling, prepare the vinaigrette. In a small bowl whisk together the vegetable oil, olive oil, red wine vinegar, dijon mustard, oregano, minced garlic, salt, and pepper.
  • Combine the cooked pasta, chopped vegetables, and vinaigrette. Stir until everything is well mixed and coated with vinaigrette.
  • Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to eat.