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Quick and Easy Salad Recipes

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Adding a salad to the meal or making a main dish salad can be a healthy choice. This page contains quick and easy salad recipes.


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I call this an all together salad. It combines things DH and DD thought they wouldn't like. But it surprised them; they really liked it. I didn't measure ingredients. I just made us each a nice serving.


  • spring lettuce mix, baby greens (or iceberg is OK)
  • avocado
  • green seedless grapes
  • walnuts
  • cucumber
  • green onions
  • green (or black) ripe olives
  • Craisins and feta cheese (optional)
  • sesame dressing (I used bottled, but you can make your own.)
  • Boysenberry syrup (Smuckers)
  • salt and pepper


Wash all veggies. Break lettuce into bite size pieces. Peel and cube avocado. Take grapes off stems. Chop or break walnuts into pieces. Slice cucumber and green onion.

Mix all ingredients together and add dressing plus a drizzle of boysenberry syrup. Sprinkle with Craisins and crumbled feta cheese if you like.

Servings: Varies depending on size.
Prep Time: 10 - 15 Minutes
Cooking Time: None Minutes

By Vi Johnson from Moorpark, CA

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Besides loving all of the ingredients in this salad, I like it because you can put it together a day ahead, and it will remain fresh and crispy as long as you don't add the dressing until just before serving. This salad serves six to eight so adjust accordingly.


  • 3/4 head romaine lettuce, cut or torn into bite size pieces
  • 1/4 head radicchio, cut or torn into bite size pieces
  • 1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup whole cherry tomatoes
  • 6 small fresh mushrooms, halved
  • 1/3 (5 oz.) jar green olives, drained well
  • 2 pepperoncini, sliced
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds, toasted
  • 1 Tbsp. sunflower seeds, toasted
  • 1/2 (8 oz.) package tomato and basil feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1/8 cup Parmesan cheese, finely shredded
  • salt and pepper, if desired
  • extra virgin olive oil, to taste
  • red wine vinegar, to taste


Toss all ingredients, except the vinegar and oil, in a large salad bowl. Toss to coat to taste with the oil and vinegar just before serving.

By Deeli from Richland, WA

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If you have leftover salad, but not enough to go around, look in your pantry. Any of these items can be added to the salad:

You can make your own lower-calorie croutons by toasting bread in the toaster and cutting it up into cubes. Do not toast it until it's hard and dry, it is really good when still soft in the middle. These are especially good when made with rye or Italian bread. No need to season because your salad dressing has seasoning in it. This is a good way to use up the ends of the bread.

By Jennifer from Gilbertsville, NY

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When I was a kid, this was a salad my mom made a lot! Very easy, cheap and quick!

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I've been trying to figure out a way to eat salad, without really noticing I'm eating salad. I'm trying to trim down, so I didn't want to use a full-fat dressings.


I came up with this salad and it is full of flavor, greens, and protein; and not a lot of fat and calories!

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One lonely leftover baked potato in my refrigerator and scallions in my garden inspired me to try making potato salad. It was so successful that I now make baked potatoes especially for this recipe. A great summer side!

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A lovely, tossed salad with fruit and crunchy toasted almonds. This recipe is healthy, tastes great, and isn't high on calories.

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Combine condensed milk, pie filling and pineapple in bowl. Fold in Cool Whip. Pour into 9x13 inch pan. Freeze for at least 5 hours.

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Drain canned fruit, reserving juice in large bowl. Add pudding mix to reserved juice; stir until thickened. Combine drained fruit, apples and grapes in large bowl.

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June 7, 2005

Here's a thrifty, easy, low fat salad for carrying to work. Begin by making a bed of torn lettuce leaves and shredded carrots, then add chunks of raw apple or orange, pieces of low-fat mozzarella, and a handful of soy nuts.

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September 20, 2010

One of my favorite salads.


  • 1 can fruit cocktail, drained
  • miniature marshmallows
  • 2 bananas, diced
  • 1 can peach pie filling


Mix and keep in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

By Robin from Washington, IA

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June 12, 2009


  • 1 can pineapple chunks (16oz.)
  • 1 can mixed fruit (16oz.)
  • 1 can mandarin oranges (small can)
  • 7 oz. jar apricot-tapioca baby food
  • 2 cups mini marshmallows
  • 2 bananas


Drain pineapple chunks, mixed fruit and oranges. Add baby food and marshmallows to fruit. Chill. Slice bananas and add just before serving.

By Robin from Washington, IA


Easy Fruit Salad

Baby food? They still make tapioca baby food? Blech! I am so surprised at what is "ok" to feed babies these days! I nanny for a 16 month old and when she finally started eating, her mom wanted me to feed her Apricot Dessert, at 9 months! Needless to say, I left that container in the bag!

Hmmm, this struck a nerve! I know some people that EAT baby food, to this day! Ewwww! (06/14/2007)

By Michawn

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