Salads are often one of the easiest and healthiest meal options available to us on a daily basis. Unfortunately, for some of us, salads also seem painfully dull and unsatisfying. But they don't have to be! Salads are endlessly customizable and can be made as light or as filling as you need—a few fresh vegetables in a tasty vinaigrette, or filled out with grains and proteins underneath a creamy dressing. However you like your salads, the list below is sure to have something to woo your tastebuds and keep your health goals on track.
A great way to kick salads up a notch is to grill them! This recipe takes lean and succulent flank steak, corn, and peppers and sears them on the grill for a smoky flavor and attractive appearance that sets it apart from your average house salad.
It's not every day you see a salad with roasted carrots, though we're not sure why! This salad offers an attractive array of colors, a fantastic combination of roasted, fresh, and creamy flavors, and a healthy dose of crunch. It's particularly awesome in the fall—just look at that gorgeous orange color!
Who says salads have to have lettuce? This Asian-inspired salad with cabbage, carrots, almonds, sesame, and ginger is a delicious way to flip the script on your salad expectations. You'll love the crunch factor too!
Have your indulgence and eat it too! With shrimp, bacon, and egg, this salad has plenty of protein to keep you going without guilt. For extra class, wrap the shrimp in the bacon before cooking either. You'll swear you aren't even eating a salad.
Here's another Asian-inspired salad with some serious crunch! Flavors of edamame, sesame oil, and lemongrass will keep your tastebuds interested while you're getting all those vitamins and minerals. And just look at all those pretty colors!
Speaking of salads with visual appeal, this twist on the classic cobb salad is sure to please both your stomach and your eyes. With plenty of turkey, bacon, egg, and cheese, this salad has plenty of protein all on its own, although it also makes a great side for your next outdoor barbecue. Arrange deconstructed as the picture shows for a fun presentation, or toss normally for maximum convenience.
If spicing up your salad choices is something you take literally, this one's perfect for you. Jalapeños and taco seasonings give this salad its punch, but you can kick it up or down a notch by using poblanos, serranos, even habaneros if you're a spice addict. You can always cool it back down again with extra sour cream.
You've probably had shrimp and bacon in a salad before, but what about crab and pancetta? Less smoky than bacon, pancetta pairs amazingly with crab, avocado, hearts of palm, and tarragon in this dish. Enjoy this salad on its own, or paired with a grain or starch.
What's your favorite salad recipe? Let us know in the comments, and tell us if you've tried any of the salads in this list! Happy munching!