13 Hearty, Year-Round Salad Recipes


Hi friends! I’ve gotten some requests for easy salad recipes, and I’m more than happy to oblige (plus it helps me get all my ideas in one place, so win-win!). I try to eat salads for lunch, and I usually prefer heartier salads. The nice thing about salads is that you can throw a lot of different stuff in there — I use leftovers from dinner to expand my lunch salads the next day.

Side note: If you pack these salads for lunch, I suggest keeping the dressing/anything wet separate from the greens so they don’t wilt!

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First, my go-to salad:

I love an arugula salad with a Dijon-vinaigrette dressing. My mom taught me how to make the dressing and I don’t really have a strict recipe for it — it’s somewhere around 3 parts olive oil, 1 part red wine vinegar and 1 part Dijon mustard. Feel free to vary that to your liking!

Once the dressing is ready, I usually throw together arugula, halved grape tomatoes (I roast them in the winter sometimes with garlic), cubed mozzarella, and chickpeas. Other possible add-ins: carrots, avocado, sliced radishes, farro or quinoa. I’m always trying to make my meals be either pizza or as close to pizza as I can get, so the cheese and tomatoes works well.


7 easy salads you might enjoy:

Northern Spy’s Kale Salad (hearty, good for the fall/winter)

Chickpea, Cucumber, Tomato and Avocado Salad

Shaved Asparagus and Mint Salad (light, good for spring/summer)

Peter Miller’s Lentils Folded into Yogurt, Spinach, and Basil

Heidi Swanson’s Pan-Fried Giant White Beans with Kale (this isn’t really a salad but oh well it’s good)

Charlie Bird’s Farro Salad (I made this long ago and I think I left out the bay leaves, pistachio, and mint and it was still yummy)

Quinoa and Grilled Sourdough Salad (we’ll just count this as a salad, too)


And 5 salads that are a tad more complicated:

Tomato Salad with Corn, Summer Squash and Roasted Onions (great in the summer)

Massaged Kale Salad with Blood Orange and Pomegranate

Moro’s Warm Squash & Chickpea Salad with Tahini (good anytime)

French Lentil and Arugula Salad with Herbed Cashew Cheese (except I don’t make the cashew cheese, I just added goat cheese)

Kale Salad with Avocado Tahini Sauce (requires a lot of chopping, but the dressing is really good!)



4 responses to “13 Hearty, Year-Round Salad Recipes

  1. Lookin’ good, Hollis!

  2. Delicious recipes!!

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