11 No-Brainer Salads to Make Right Now
Don’t overthink it, OK?
Homemade salads: If they’re simple, they feel dull. If they’re complicated, they feel daunting. Here, 11 that perfectly toe the line--easy to make yet more exciting than your basic Caesar.
Tuscan Kale + farro + sweet potato + Feta
A base of raw kale and chewy, nutty farro gets a sweet and tangy kick.
Pair it with: Simple lemon dressing
Shredded Brussels sprouts + almonds + cranberry + bacon + pecorino Romano
This autumn-themed salad calls for raw, thinly sliced Brussels.
Pair it with: Easy, homemade citrus vinaigrette
Arugula + beets + apple + walnuts + goat cheese
A fresh take on the classic Waldorf.
Pair it with: Warm Dijon vinaigrette
Napa cabbage + carrot + scallion + rotisserie chicken + cashews
You can julienne the veggies or just chop ‘em.
Pair it with: Sesame-ginger vinaigrette
Arugula + quinoa + roasted carrot + avocado
Grains and avocados make for a salad that’ll keep you full till dinner.
Pair it with: Sesame-miso dressing
Romaine + grilled shrimp + avocado + corn + tomato
Transport yourself to someplace warm.
Pair it with: Cilantro lime vinaigrette
Little gem lettuce + avocado + cherry tomato + bacon
Like a wedge salad, just more ladylike.
Pair it with: Creamy blue cheese dressing
Escarole + celery + pear + hazelnuts + Blue cheese
On its own, escarole tastes bitter, but topped with sweet pear and buttery hazelnuts, it’s seriously satisfying.
Pair it with: Mustard and shallot vinaigrette
Shredded kale + wild rice + butternut squash + craisins + feta
So hearty, so winter-appropriate.
Pair it with: Simple balsamic vinaigrette
Arugula + fennel + grapefruit + avocado
Speaking of winter, there’s no better time to be cooking with citrus.
Pair it with: Citrus dressing