100 Leafy Salad Recipes that Aren’t Just for Silly Wabbits

Hello and welcome to this thing we’re doing where we help you figure out what you’re gonna put in your mouth this week. Some of these are recipes we’ve tried, some of these are recipes we’re looking forward to trying, all of them are fucking delicious. Tell us what you want to put in your piehole or suggest your own recipes, and we’ll talk about which things we made, which things we loved, and which things have changed us irreversibly as people. Last week, we got ready for that potluck.

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I have spent over half of my lifetime munching on leaves to survive, you guys. I gave up meat when I was 12 – TWELVE! – and I’ve spent over a decade since learning to feed myself. Luckily, being a vegetarian comes easy to me because I could literally eat leaves for the rest of my life, AKA bowls of salad. What could be better than salad, after all? Fresh things in a big bowl! Crunchy, juicy, crispy, hydrating, refreshing, AMAZING shit in a bowl. I’d worry about what dressing to buy but I’m too busy drooling on myself.

Here’s some inspiration for how to chomp down on lettuce, cabbage, herbs, and a lot of the amazing shit Mother Earth gave you ’cause she loves you.


1. Mediterranean Chopped Salad

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2. Herbed Quinoa Salad

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3. Leftover Salad Nicoise

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4. Lemon Parmesan Kale Salad

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5. Tiger Salad

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6. Tex-Mex Margarita Chicken Salad

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7. Fish Taco Salad

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8. Italian Chopped Salad with Marinated Chickpeas

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9. Red Oak Leaf Salad with Chopped Egg and Red Wine Walnut Oil Dressing

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10. Vegetarian Mexican Salad Boats

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11. Shrimp Cobb Salad with Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette

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12. Dale’s Can’t Stop Eating It Salad

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13. Vegan Winter Taco Salad

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14. Dr. Feel Good Salad: Pumpkin, Sweet Potato, Pesto Salad

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15. Garlic-Roasted Butternut Squash and Kale Wheatberry Salad with Pomegranate

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16. Garden Salad with Lime Cilantro Dressing

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17. Wilamette Valley Salad

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18. Pomegranate, Pear, Pistachio Salad with Creamy Pomegranate Dressing

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19. Sriracha Lime Chicken Salad

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20. Beauchamp Orchard Salad

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21. Healthy Chef Salad

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22. Broccoli Salad with Bacon, Raisins, and Cheddar Cheese

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23. Greek Salad

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24. Avocado, Pancetta, and Pine Nut Salad

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25. Baby Arugula, Cranberry, Pecan and Feta Salad

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26. Raw Kale Salad

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27. Layered Taco Salad

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28. Steak Salad with Grapes, Walnuts, and Blue Cheese

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29. Powerhouse Bulgur Salad with Orange Vinaigrette

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30. Maple Roasted Acorn Squash Salad with Pomegranate Vinaigrette

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31. Cherry Walnut Chicken Salad

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32. Maple Roasted Butternut Squash Freekeh Salad with Kale

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33. Broccoli Grape Cucumber Salad

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34. Strawberry, Kiwi, and Lime Salad

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35. Shaved Fennel Salad

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36. Japanese Sunshine Salad with Carrot and Ginger Dressing

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37. Green Kale Salad

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38. Apple Kale & Pomegranate Salad

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39. Cajun Turkey and Fresh Melon Salad

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40. Layered Asian Salad

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41. Blue Cheese Wedge Salad

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42. Outback Steakhouse Wedge Salad

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43. Greek Yogurt Shrimp, Avocado, and Tomato Salad

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44. Grilled Veggies and Mozzarella Salad

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45. Oriental Cabbage and Cranberry Salad

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46. Chinese Chicken Salad with Sesame Dressing

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47. Grilled Watermelon Salad

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48. Roasted Beet and Arugula Salad with Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette

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49. Bacon and Brussels Sprouts Salad

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50. Herb Salad with Creamy Lemon Dressing

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51. Ina Garten’s Cape Cod Chopped Salad

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52. Roasted Mushroom and Romaine Salad

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53. Portillo’s Chopped Salad

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54. Pad Thai Salad

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55. Crunchy Cabbage Salad with Spicy Peanut Dressing

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56. Creamy Mexican Kale Salad

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57. Raspberry and Scallop Salad

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58. Brain Power Salad with Blueberries, Salmon, Spinach, and Avocado

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59. Sizzling Cilantro Lime Fajita Salad with Honey Lime Vinaigrette

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60. Avocado Caprese Salad

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61. Honey Crisp Apple Salad with Candied Walnuts and Sweet Spiced Cider Vinaigrette

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62. Crispy Kale Roasted Salad with Brie Grilled Cheese Croutons

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63. Arugula Salad

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64. Kale, Cabbage, and Carrot Salad

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65. Warm Cauliflower Salad

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66. Superfood Kale Avocado Salad

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67. Balsamic Honey Grilled Steak Salad and Vinaigrette

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68. BBQ Chicken Salad

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69. Fig, Blue Cheese, and Bacon Salad with Fried Shallots

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70. Caesar Salad

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71. Autumn Chopped Salad

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72. Garlic-Roasted Butternut Squash and Kale Wheatberry Salad with Pomegranate

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73. Chopped Ahi Tuna Salad with Sesame Ginger Dressing

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74. Mushroom, Lemon and Lentil Salad

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75. Grilled Zucchini Ribbon and Kale Salad

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76. Shrimp, Avocado & Roasted Corn Salad

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77. Tuscan Kale Salad with Oranges, Currants and Feta

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78. Citrus Lobster Salad

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79. Southwestern Chopped Salad with Cilantro Dressing

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80. Grape, Avocado and Arugula Salad

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81. White Bean Spring Salad

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82. Jalapeño Cornbread Panzanella Salad

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83. Asparagus Egg and Bacon Salad with Dijon Vinaigrette

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84. Arugula Skirt Steak Salad with Caramelized Pears, Pecans, and Gorgonzola

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85. Nuts About Berries Salad

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86. Honey Mustard Chicken Chopped Salad

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87. Ramen Noodle Salad

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88. Kale Salad with Warm Cranberry Vinaigrette

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89. BLT Chopped Salad

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90. BBQ Salmon and Crispy Chickpea Salad with Greek Yogurt Ranch Drizzle

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91. Root Vegetable Salad with Balsamic-Date Dressing

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92. Grilled Summer Veggies Salad

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93. Quinoa Tabouli Salad

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94. Grilled Balsamic Portobello Mushroom & Steak Salad

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95. Mojito Tofu Salad

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96. Curried Tofu Salad

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97. Sticky Caramel Pork Belly Salad

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98. Avocado Strawberry Spinach Salad with Poppyseed Dressing

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99. Steak and Tortellini Salad

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100. Skinny Taco Salad

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Carmen is the Digital Editor at Ms. , Managing Editor at Argot, a Contributor at Everyday Feminism, and Co-Host of The Bossy Show. She previously served as Straddleverse Director, Feminism Editor, and Social Media Co-Director at Autostraddle. You can find her on Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr or in the drive-thru line at the nearest In-N-Out.

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18 Comments

  1. Hey Carmen, I have a confession. I am broke and in college and haven’t bought groceries for three weeks. It felt like it was getting to the point where I needed divine intervention to actually eat something healthy for once.

    This was it. This was the motivation I needed.

    #32 is dinner. bless you.

  2. Unfortunately I don’t think it’s possible to make some of these salads in full because pomegranate isn’t in season right now. 🙁 Otherwise, this all looks good, and almost makes me want to go back to eating meat and dairy.

  3. No joke i’ve made the #56 creamy mexican kale salad 5 times over the past two weeks without knowing it. Great minds think alike, people. This salad is bomb af (protip tho: use pre-made guac if you can, it cuts down on the chopping) Thanks for the great list, Carmen!

  4. This post came just in time, I’ve quite literally been searching for recipes just like these. My girlfriend just lost a lot of weight and has suggested (see: decided ;)) that we’re going to start eating healthier. I have no problem with this as that’s how I was brought up. However, it’s not how I was taught to cook. I figured I’d start with salads and here we are. Thanks so much!

  5. I see salads I have made and loved, and salads I WILL make and love.

    If you can’t be bothered with lettuce or it always goes bad before you use it all, grow a potted basil plant and use basil leaves instead. Time and money saver and it’s always fresh.

    2-minute salad:
    Sliced tomato, sliced avocado, basil leaves, gorgonzola, sliced carrot (or something else colorful and crunchy).
    Salt and pepper. Douse with balsamic. For extra protein and calories, top with peanuts / tuna / chick peas / hard-boiled egg / raisins / what-you-like. Cronsh away!

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