14 best salad recipes for any time of day
I don’t know if it’s the uniform size of the ingredients or the clever flavor combinations, but the chopped salad never disappoints. Somehow, if the word “chopped” is in the name, you know it’s going to be good no matter what’s in it. Plus, they seem to feel more like a full meal than your go-to greens salad. I’ve always been intrigued by the chopped salad on restaurant menus, but strangely enough, I’ve never made my own. The idea of chopping multiple ingredients set some red marks in my lazy girl’s cooking mind, but I was pleasantly surprised by how easy this delicious salad dressing was. While the best chopped salad recipes require some prep time with a knife, they’re super simple because you can throw in whatever you have on hand.
Diced vegetables, sprinkled with cheese and finished with a splash of vinegar always make a delicious combination. To add fuel to the fire, I’ve pulled the internet’s best chopped salad recipes to give both you and me some chopping secrets. Whether you follow one of these recipes to the letter T or brainstorm and ‘stick’ to it, you won’t be disappointed.
14 of the best salad recipes worth the effort
Malibu Farm Rainbow Vegan Chop Salad
Why we love it: If you’ve never been to Malibu Ranch, add it to your bucket list. It’s always been my go-to for a good, healthy meal (not to mention the amazing views) whenever I’m in California. But in Texas, this is the recipe that I turn to to help cure my cravings. It’s almost too pretty to eat, but too good to be!
Hero composition: Pumpkin or bust.
Get the recipe for Malibu Farm Rainbow Vegan Chop Salad.
Chopped Buffalo Cauliflower Salad
Why we love it: Cauliflower is one of my favorite snack inventions and adding it to a salad is a game changer. Buffalo sauce has the ideal heat: spicy enough to dip it in without making you water. Ice also has the effect of cooling the farm while there is no milk. Overall, it’s a delicious way to pack lots of veggies and flavor your lunch salad.
Hero composition: Bookmark this cauliflower for future use.
Get the recipe for Cauliflower Salad Buffalo Cauliflower.
Chopped Italian Salad from The Defined Dish
Why we love it: As far as the best chopped salad recipes go, there’s no harm in sticking with a classic. For example, this recipe for the Italian chopped salad you know and love. It’s full of prosciutto, salami, ham, provolone, olives and my personal favorite ingredient, pepperoncinis. The dressing is super simple, but will knock any bottled Italian clothing out of the water. If you’re looking for a great salad for lunch or a side dish for a pasta night, look no further than this recipe.
Hero composition: The pepperoncinis certainly shouldn’t be optional.
Get the recipe for Chopped Italian Salad.
Watermelon tomato salad
Why we love it: The only way to describe this chopped salad is ‘summer in a bowl.’ Indeed, it’s not summer until you cut open a watermelon, and this will be the first recipe you make with it. It’s refreshing, sweet, cold, crunchy, and easy on the eyes. Minced fresh mozzarella and basil make this dish highly addictive. Actively doubling the recipe would be a good call.
Hero composition: Gotta loves sugary watermelon.
Get the recipe for the Watermelon Tomato Caprese Salad.
Shredded Greek Chicken Salad with Lemon Tahini Vinaigrette from Half Grilled Harvest
Why we love it: This recipe is accurately described as “loaded” because it has everything you could want in a Greek salad. Simple Greek chicken topped with all of your favorite Greek salad ingredients, but the magic comes from the creamy lemon tahini sauce. It’s easy to throw together any night of the week but doesn’t get boring.
Hero composition: Greek Lemon Chicken Sauce deserves a regular place in your recipe arsenal.
Get the recipe for Greek Chopped Chicken Salad With Lemon Tahini Vinaigrette.
Chopped Jicama Mango Salad
Why we love it: This Mango Jicama Chopped Salad was born at a Memorial Day party a few years ago and remains the perfect addition to any summer meal. The combination of jicama and cucumber adds a cooling flavor and perfect crunch, while the butter provides the ideal crunch to cream ratio. On top of that, the McCormick Perfect Pinch Mexican Spice adds a wonderfully spicy flavor.
Hero composition: Saint jicama.
Get the recipe for Mango Jicama Chopped Salad.
Shredded Italian Kale Salad
Why we love it: This recipe adds a unique twist to a classic Italian Chopped Salad by using kale for extra nutrients and deliciousness. The simple sauce recipe is one that I now know by heart, because it goes well with almost any salad combination you can think of. Vegetables and other ingredients are kitchen staples, always an added bonus to a recipe. However, it is the homemade sourdough croutons that really steal the show. Trust me.
Hero composition: These sourdough croutons changed my life.
Get the recipe for Chopped Italian Kale Salad.
Chopped Thai Salad from What’s Gaby Cooking
Why we love it: This colorful Thai Chopped Salad is full of vegetables and served with a light drizzle of vinegar, making it the perfect restorative meal after a relaxing weekend. We all know the benefits of eating a rainbow by now, and the best chopped salad recipes, especially this one, tend to tick that box. Pro tip: You can add salmon or chicken for extra protein.
Hero composition: The edamame adds perfect creamy crunch and paradox.
Get the recipe for Chopped Thai Salad.
Restaurant chopped steak salad from the identified dish
Why we love it: Why do steakhouses always have the best chopped salad recipes? Sometimes I expect a salad more than a steak. Crime, I know, but this recipe is the perfect accompaniment to any home steak night. It will take you a while to shred, but it’s always a crowd pleaser.
Hero composition: Gorgonzola cheese, please.
Get the recipe for Steakhouse Chopped Salad.
Chopped broccoli salad
Why we love it: This easy-to-make cool gotu kola salad is a must-try. The broccoli base is a refreshing departure from your typical leafy green salads and the dill sriracha yogurt sauce will die for. Plus, it has my favorite salad ingredient: fruit! Thank us later for your new favorite spring salad.
Hero composition: Apples are my favorite crunch in salads.
Get the recipe for Chopped Broccoli Salad.
Grilled Corn, Chickpeas and Avocado Salad with Poblano Vinaigrette
Why we love it: This has all the requirements that the best chopped salad recipe calls for: great flavor, seasonal ingredients, and a good mix of textures. Its light and bright flavors come from burst cherry tomatoes, roasted corn and poblano peppers, while chickpeas add a nutty flavor. Mixed together and topped with one of my favorite dressings, this salad makes eating veggies fun.
Hero composition: This chicken loves chickpeas.
Get the recipe for Grilled Corn, Chickpeas and Avocado Salad with Poblano Vinaigrette.
Spicy Minced Chicken Salad from an Ambitious Kitchen
Why we love it: This spicy shredded chicken salad is one of the few salads that I actually crave. It’s like a delicious meal with all of my favorite flavors, but it’s secretly packed with vegetables and a ranch dressing made with Greek yogurt. Plus, the rainbow of veggies makes this recipe both healthy and pretty. I’m addicted to the Rico Salad at Mi Cocina in Dallas/Fort Worth (if you know, you know), and this curbs my cravings while I’m in Austin. If you’re looking for a satisfying, crowd-pleasing salad to serve as an appetizer, I highly recommend this one.
Hero composition: Spicy “farm” sauces are on my short list of favorites.
Get the recipe for Spicy Ranch Shredded Chicken Cabbage Salad.
Chopped salad with marinated artichoke hearts, Kalamata olives, black pepper bread and cucumber emulsion
Why we love it: This chopped salad was introduced to us by Courtney Caplan and Sarah Miller and it has been a must-try ever since. The cucumber dill sauce gives it a refreshing taste while the olives provide a perfect hint of saltiness. Don’t forget the homemade black pepper bread… once you’ve made it yourself, you won’t be able to go back.
Hero composition: Artichokes, always.
Get the recipe for Chopped Salad with marinated artichoke hearts, Kalamata olives, black pepper bread, and emulsion cucumber sauce.
Asian-inspired shredded chicken salad with ‘peanut sauce’ from the defining dish
Why we love it: Who doesn’t love an Asian-inspired salad? I am forever a fan of this recipe because of its irresistible delicious taste and beautiful presentation. Cabbage, carrots, and almonds make every bite crunchy, which all the best chopped salad recipes should do. Plus, the peanut cream sauce is a big weakness of mine. Guaranteed it will do the same for you.
Hero composition: Dad’s Joke Warning: Orange, are you glad this recipe uses citrus?
Get the recipe for Asian-inspired Chopped Chicken Salad with ‘Peanut Sauce’.
What’s your best chopped salad recipe? Let us know in the comments below!