The 15 Best Salad Recipes That Will Blow You Away

The 15 Best Salad Recipes That Will Blow You Away

A composed caesar salad in a ceramic bowl on a white stone background.
Serious Eats / Diana Chistruga

While there’s something about the idea of salad for dinner that seems particularly groan-worthy, that’s only because all too often our idea of a salad doesn’t match up with what salad, as a category of food, actually has to offer. The 15 options below not only represent some of the best salad recipes Serious Eats has developed, they also pull from a range of countries, cultures, and cooking techniques. In addition to the dressing-on-greens rendition we’re all familiar with you’ll find crunchy shaved winter vegetables, flaked fish, crispy fried eggs, plump beans, beautifully dressed noodles, rich mayo-bound sandwich fillings, and all kinds of herbs. Forget salads you need; these are salads you want.

Roman-Inspired Mixed-Green Salad (Misticanza alla Romana)

a plate of salad
Vicky Wasik

For a truly great mixed greens salad, make your own mix with the freshest stuff you can find: whole heads of lettuce, radicchio, herbs, dandelion greens, and more.

Tiger Salad (Lao Hu Cai)


Savory, refreshing, and tart, this dish is inspired by the lao hu cai, or “tiger vegetable salad,” served at Xi’an Famous Foods.

The Best Caesar Salad

A composed caesar salad in a ceramic bowl on a white stone background.
Diana Chistruga

The crowd-pleasing salad of crisp romaine leaves, crunchy croutons, and a little (or a lot) of anchovy can be made to your liking.

Salmon Bean Salad

Vicky Wasik

Here, cooked salmon gets flaked into an easy, hearty salad with plump cranberry beans and peppery arugula.

Tabbouleh Salad

Vicky Wasik

Tabbouleh is a Middle Eastern vegetarian salad made with chopped parsley, tomatoes, mint, bulgur wheat, and lemon juice.

Warm Kale and Caramelized Mushroom Salad

Warm kale and caramelized mushroom salad in a white ceramic bowl on a green surface. There are a pair of wooden spoons at the bottom right corner, a glass of golden liquid in the top left corner, a stack of plates covered with a napkin in the bottom left corner, and another plate of salad in the top right corner.
Serious Eats / Qi Ai

Deeply golden brown sautéed mushrooms pair with hearty kale and a tangy sherry vinegar dressing for a salad that screams comfort.

Fully Loaded Iceberg Wedge Salad

Vicky Wasik

This classic salad is a celebration of rich, cooling flavors and a diversity of textures.

Puntarelle Alla Romana (Puntarelle Salad With Anchovy and Garlic Dressing)

Overhead view of puntarelle salad on a colorful stripped background
Serious Eats / Andrew Janjigian

In this classic Roman dish, crisp, juicy shreds of puntarelle are tossed with a potent anchovy- and garlic-heavy dressing.

Salata Falahiyeh (Palestinian or Farmers Salad)

Overhead shot of Salata falahiyeh in a patterned blue bowl with crisp pita
Serious Eats / Mai Kakish

If all you have at home are tomatoes, onion, and mint, you can enjoy a very delicious salad in no time.

Italian Seafood Salad (Insalata di Mare)

Vicky Wasik

This chilled seafood salad is fresh and tender, complete with a bright, flavorful dressing.

The Best Classic Chicken Salad

J. Kenji Lopez-Alt

The juiciest, most flavorful chicken salad is possible when you sous vide your meat.

Yam Khai Dao (Thai Fried Egg Salad)

Overhead of yam khai dao on a serving plate.

Dig into this Thai salad of crispy, runny fried eggs with fresh herbs, aromatics, and a sour-spicy dressing.

The Best Egg Salad

An egg salad sandwich, cut in half, with the two halves stacked on top of each other. The sandwich contains egg salad, butter lettuce, and thinly sliced radishes.
Serious Eats / Eric Kleinberg

Keys to a better egg salad: perfectly cooked eggs, a touch of acidity, and crunch.

Yam Woon Sen (Thai Glass Noodle Salad With Shrimp)

A serving bowl of yam woon sen with shrimp.
Vicky Wasik

This spicy-sour Thai noodle salad is filling and comes together in minutes.

White Bean and Tuna Salad

Sasha Marx

This white bean and tuna salad is the perfect protein-packed light meal for when you don’t want to do any cooking.