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.
11 No-Brainer Salads to Make Right Now
Don't overthink it, OK?
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