If there is one thing I know for certain it’s this: far too many containers of mixed greens go unused and are left sitting sad and lonely in the back of fridges everywhere. But not anymore!

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With this collection of mixed green salad recipes, you’ll never throw out a sad lonely container of lettuce again. Instead, you’re going to be serving flavor-filled and texture-loaded salads alongside main dishes and even as your main!

These simple salads range from bold and vibrant flavors that are hearty enough to stand on their own as a main dish (maybe you’ll serve with a side of baguette because…of course why wouldn’t you?!). You’ll find many with a twist too, taking you outside of the usual side salad recipe.

There are also more go-with-the-flow recipes in this collection that can be mixed and matched with whatever main dish you’re serving up, from salmon to shrimp, to stuffed mushrooms, to lasagna, or flatbreads.

You’ll find a salad to meet your needs here. From vegetarian or vegan, gluten-free or dairy-free, we’ve got it. Let’s get to it!

The Best Vegetarian Green Salad Recipes

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15-Minute Balsamic Bruschetta Salad

5 (9 ratings)
Your favorite bruschetta appetizer in salad form over a bed of crisp romaine with crunchy croutons.
Ingredients: tomatoes, basil, garlic, shallot, balsamic vinegar, croutons, romaine lettuce
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Nectarine Burrata Basil Salad - A cheese-board inspired salad with sweet nectarines, creamy burrata, fresh basil, and crunchy pine nuts tossed with a tangy, peppery dressing. | Fork in the Kitchen

Nectarine Burrata Basil Salad

This cheese board-inspired salad is bright and full of fresh flavors!
Ingredients: white balsamic vinegar, honey, lettuce, basil, pine nuts, nectarines, burrata
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10-Minute Fennel and Citrus Salad

5 (12 ratings)
A light refreshing salad with a homemade citrus dressing.
Ingredients: oranges and tangelos, fennel, arugula, honey, lemon juice
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Simple Dijon Salad - a tangy dressing drizzled over a bed of lettuce with a perfectly poached egg and crunchy croutons! Simple, delicious dinner! | Fork in the Kitchen

Simple Dijon Salad

A simple salad that's filling enough to enjoy as a full meal. The tangy lemon mustard dressing packs a flavorful punch, too.
Ingredients: yogurt, dijon mustard, lemon, honey, greens, crouton, celery, egg
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Easy Blueberry Spinach Salad

5 (3 ratings)
A simple summer salad packed with nutritious blueberries, both in the vinaigrette and the salad!
Ingredients: blueberries, balsamic vinegar, pistachios, blue cheese, spinach
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10-Minute Spinach Salad with Tangy Red Wine Vinaigrette

5 (6 ratings)
A classic combination with tangy red wine vinaigrette and spinach.
Ingredients: dijon mustard, red wine vinegar, spinach, dates, blue cheese, pecans, shallot
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Healthier Caesar Salad // Fork in the Kitchen

Healthier Caesar Salad

Crispy chickpeas take the place of croutons in this caesar salad for added crunch and protein. You'll love the homemade dressing, too!
Ingredients: chickpeas, parmesan cheese, romaine lettuce, lemon
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Wild Rice and Arugula Salad - an easy salad full of texture and flavor! | Fork in the Kitchen

Wild Rice and Arugula Salad

A salad perfect for a fall-inspired lunch or a side dish on Thanksgiving; it's bursting with texture and flavor.
Ingredients: butternut squash, wild rice, arugula, cranberries, almond
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Thai Chopped Salad with Peanut Sauce Dressing - an easy, healthy, detox lunch or dinner full of flavor and crunch! | Fork in the Kitchen

Thai Chopped Salad with Peanut Sauce Dressing

5 (3 ratings)
A crunchy, texture, and flavor-filled salad! Meal prep it for lunches or have it for a light dinner.
Ingredients: soy sauce, ginger, honey, peanut butter, kale, broccoli, carrots, bell pepper, peas, cilantro
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Farmer's Market Strawberry Corn Salad - an easy, simple salad with fresh summer flavors! | Fork in the Kitchen

Farmer’s Market Strawberry Corn Salad

Inspired by a trip to the farmer's market, this salad is loaded with fresh summer produce, cheese, and a tangy dressing.
Ingredients: apple cider vinegar, dijon mustard, spinach, strawberries, corn, sunflower seeds, Dubliner cheese
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Roasted Chickpea Greek Salad with Lemon-Herb Dressing

5 (23 ratings)
A Greek-inspired salad with a light lemon-herb dressing, fresh veggies, and crispy, flavorful chickpeas.
Ingredients: chickpeas, lemon, dried herbs and spices, romaine lettuce, cucumber, tomato, feta, shallot
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Southwest Salad with Honey Lime Dressing

5 (3 ratings)
The honey-lime dressing makes this salad. You'll love the combination with a variety of textures!
Ingredients: romaine lettuce, black beans, red bell pepper, corn, avocado, jalapeno, tomato, cilantro, feta
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Bright Spring Vegetable Salad

5 (4 ratings)
Full of bright lemon and mint, paired with fresh spring veggies – this salad was made for brunch and is perfect alongside quiche or croissants.
Ingredients: asparagus, peas, arugula, almond, lemon, mint
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Vibrant Middle Eastern Salad - a simple salad bursting with flavor! | Fork in the Kitchen

Vibrant Middle Eastern Salad

5 (2 ratings)
Take this salad to the next level with fresh herbs and caramelized lemon slices.
Ingredients: lemon, lettuce, mint, parsley, golden raisins, pomegranate, pistachios, cucumer
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Salade Lyonnaise

Typically served with crispy bacon, this vegetarian version still delivers texture and a salty, tangy punch.
Ingredients: walnuts, shallot, garlic, sherry vinegar, dijon mustard, lemon, eggs, frisee
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Blueberry Kale Salad w/ Candied Lemons | Fork in the Kitchen

Blueberry Kale Salad with Candied Lemons

A light, summery kale salad with lots of texture!
Ingredients: kale, lemon, almonds, blueberries, radishes
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Cilantro Salad with Peanut Sauce Dressing // Fork in the Kitchen

Cilantro Salad with Peanut Sauce Dressing

Creamy peanut sauce dressing is tossed with a crunchy mix of fresh veggies for a flavorful, filling salad.
Ingredients: lettuce, carrot, celery, peanuts, cilantro, peanut sauce dressing
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Green Salads with Seafood

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Simple Niçoise Salad

5 (1 rating)
This classic salad is made with a variety of fresh produce and can easily be customized to what you have on hand already!
Ingredients: green beans, egg, tomato, shallot, mixed greens, canned tuna
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Simple Salmon Citrus Salad

Prepare salmon filets in the Instant Pot or oven and top it on a bed of fresh salad with bright citrus.
Ingredients: salmon filets, shallot, garlic, lemon, grapefruit, orange, avocado, pistachios
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Spicy Chipotle Shrimp Salad | Fork in the Kitchen

Spicy Chipotle Shrimp Salad

This southwest-inspired salad is made with grilled shrimp, but they can easily be kept off to make it vegetarian. You won't miss any of the flavors that are loaded in the creamy chipotle dressing!
Ingredients: chipotle cilantro dressing, romaine lettuce, black beans, corn, tomatoes, crispy onions
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Salmon Blueberry Power Salad - a healthy recipe full of brain power foods! | Fork in the Kitchen

Salmon Blueberry Power Salad

A simple salad recipe that is full of brain-power superfoods!
Ingredients: salmon, lemon, honey mustard dressing, greens, blueberries, corn
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Green Salad Dressings

If you need a super easy solution to getting salad on the table, try one of these vinaigrette dressings to jazz up those mixed greens.

These add-ons are great for quick throw-together salads:

  • dried fruits like cranberries or cherries
  • kalamata or black, or green olives
  • goat cheese slices or shredded parmesan
  • thinly sliced red onions or shallot
  • sunflower or pumpkin seeds
  • other nuts like walnuts or pecans
  • of course, don’t forget the homemade croutons!

Looking for more grain-based salads or ones that are vegetable-based? Be sure to check out all of our salad recipes!

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5 (2 ratings)

Get the Recipe 20+ Green Salad Recipes: Bright Spring Vegetable Salad

These easy green salad recipes are loaded with texture — the best salads that are anything but boring! Enjoy them as a meal for dinner or lunch, or serve them as a side dish to just about any main – from grilled meat or seafood to pizza and pasta, or soup.



  • Bring a large saucepan filled with salted water to a boil and prepare an ice bath. Add chopped asparagus to boiling water and cook for 4-5 minutes, depending on thickness, until slightly tender. Add frozen peas with 1 minute remaining. Transfer immediately to an ice bath.
  • Meanwhile, add snap peas, arugula, and almond slices to a large bowl, and set aside.
  • In a small bowl or jar, whisk together lemon zest and juice, mint, honey, dijon mustard, garlic, salt, and pepper. Slowly drizzle in olive oil while whisking to combine. Taste for salt and pepper levels and adjust as needed.
  • Drain the vegetables from the ice bath and toss with the remaining salad ingredients and dressing. Serve immediately. If serving the salad later, store the dressing in an airtight container and toss immediately before serving. 


Easily make this recipe vegan by using maple syrup in place of honey. 
Calories: 309kcal, Carbohydrates: 23g, Protein: 10g, Fat: 22g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g, Monounsaturated Fat: 14g, Trans Fat: 1g, Sodium: 53mg, Potassium: 504mg, Fiber: 8g, Sugar: 10g, Vitamin A: 1164IU, Vitamin C: 53mg, Calcium: 148mg, Iron: 3mg
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