Source: Cookie & Kate
Now that school is back in session, I have a little more control over what I’m eating every day.
Salad is a great go-to healthy option, but eating the same old leafy greens every day can get pretty boring. This is rough for anyone, but especially rough for me because I’m all about surprising my taste buds while enjoying the servings of fruit and vegetables I’m supposed to be eating, anyway.
I also like to shake things up at dinner with something new, and these seven unusual salad recipes are sure to do the trick. That’s one for every day of the week, and they’re easy to make so you can spend less time cooking and more time enjoying some “me” time!
Salads come in all shapes and sizes, and if you want to spice up your leafy greens, try these recipes along with our recipe for Tuna Tortellini Salad and our Quick Greek Salad made with healthy coconut oil!
Quick salad tip: Get creative with your salad dressing
A simple way to give your salad a boost your taste buds won’t expect is to shake things up with a new salad dressing.
Whether you add ingredients to a store-bought salad dressing or make your own at home, what you put on your salad can make a huge difference!
Right now I’m making this delicious Creamy Mango-Chipotle salad dressing to go over a simple chef’s salad, and you can find dozens more delicious salad dressing recipes online. (Kelly the Kitchen Kop’s Tangy Herb Dressing is another favorite of mine that’s great for veggies — and fries!)
Dress up your salad with a new flavor of dressing and it will feel like a new experience every time.
Looking for some more delicious dressing? Check out these flavorful salad dressing recipes, including Southwestern Avocado Dressing, Honey-Sesame Dressing, and Lemon-Garlic Vinaigrette!
1. Black-Eyed Pea Salad
This idea for a salad came to me after talking to my mom one day. She makes the best Black-Eyed Pea Dip ever. I thought I could tweak it a little and add some kick to compliment a grilled chicken dinner or to lay over kale for a hearty salad.
It’s as simple as they come: You just chop, dice, and toss to create this salad recipe!
• 1-2 tomatoes, diced (I used Roma tomatoes for the flavor)
• 1/2 red onion, diced into small cubes
• 1/2 red bell pepper, diced
• 1 Tablespoon chopped green onion
• 2 Tablespoons chopped parsley or cilantro
• 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
• 1/4 cup good olive oil
• 1/2 teaspoon sugar
• 2 cans black-eyed peas, drained and rinsed
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1. Mix the black eyed peas and all of the vegetables in a bowl.
2. In a smaller bowl, add the vinegar, oil, sugar, and some pepper to taste and blend. Pour your vinegar and oil mixture over the salad.
3. For best results, let the salad sit 24 hours to soak up the flavors. However, it’s pretty darned good right away, too!
2. Avocado Salad
If you love the creamy flavor of avocado, this salad recipe won’t disappoint. Sweet onion, peppers, tomatoes, and cilantro spice things up along with a dash of lime juice. This is definitely one salad I won’t mind having two days in a row!
3. Puzzle Fruit Salad
Source: DC in Style
This is the most kid-friendly salad I’ve found. This Puzzle Fruit Salad is, literally, a puzzle that’s bursting with fruit flavor and fun all in one! It would also look so elegant on a formal dinner table and would definitely be a conversation piece.
4. Roasted Delicata Squash, Pomegranate & Arugula Salad
Source: Cookie & Kate
If you’re excited for fall because it means squash is in season, this salad is is for you. The rich, earthy flavor of delicata squash is tempered by bursts of sweet pomegranate. Add in feta cheese and pecans for a wholesome salad that will keep you full until your next meal.
5. Cucumber Salad
Source: Celebrating Awesome Food
There are a lot of ways to make cucumber salad and all of them are great, but these super creative cucumber cut-outs are so fun and really allow your creativity to soar!
Stuff them with veggies or make a chicken salad stuffing. Either way you get that cooling crunch from the cucumber that we all love.
6. Harvest Salad
Fall means apples, and apples mean you can head to the orchard and bring home a basket of these crisp fruits to slice up just for this amazing Harvest Salad. Add in walnuts, cranberries, tomatoes, blue cheese, and raspberry jam for a hearty, fruity salad that’s bursting with amazing flavors.
7. Watermelon, Mint & Olive Salad
Source: Shiny Happy Bright
This refreshing burst of fruit flavor may surprise you because of the addition of the olives. If your first instinct is to turn up your nose at this Watermelon, Mint & Olive Salad, trust me, you won’t want to miss this cooling blend of mint with a distinctive, creamy twist.