Looking for easy salad recipes? Our stunning salad recipes span meat, fish, veggie and vegan salads, making for a leisurely lunch or as part of a celebratory feast.When it comes to salads, you're spoilt for choice with green salads, chopped salads, caesar salads, hearty salads and light summer salads. Making the most of seasonal produce, we've got recipes for the whole year round, including autumn salads and winter salad recipes.


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Classic salad ingredients

  • Fresh greens - lettuce, spring cabbage, kale, spinach
  • Protein - chicken, beef, turkey, tuna, salmon, tofu, tempeh
  • Beans and pulses - chickpeas, butterbeans, red kidney beans, black beans
  • Nuts and seeds - walnuts, almonds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds
  • Salad dressing - basic vinaigrette, caesar dressing, French dressing, green goddess
  • Seasonal fruit and veg - watermelon, strawberries, butternut squash, beetroot

Best salad recipes

Greek salad

Master this absolute classic and you'll never be short of a delicious lunch. The key to an authentic Greek flavour is plenty of oregano and red wine vinegar.

Greek salad

Chicken caesar salad

You can add a softly boiled egg, a few crispy bacon rashers or some sundried tomatoes to this dish for a posh lunch, or starter.

A white salad plate with lettuce leaves and croutons

Classic potato salad

Ramp up this classic BBQ side dish with a hit of horseradish and punchy cornichons. New potatoes are in season from April through to July.

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New Potato Salad Recipe

Waldorf salad

A Waldorf salad is a classic for a reason: it's sweet, savoury, crunchy and creamy all at the same time. We've added leafy kale for added nutrients.

A large plate of waldorf salad with lettuce leaves as the base

Caprese salad

This caprese salad, with sweet tomatoes and creamy mozzarella, is full of fresh Mediterranean flavours and simple to whip up. Serve it with bread as a light, summery lunch, or as a side dish at dinner.

A white plate filled with sliced tomatoes, sliced mozzarella and basil leaves, next to a board of sliced bread and some spare plates

Salad niçoise

A classic French-style salad, piled high with baby potatoes, red onion, eggs, Little Gem lettuce, olives, tuna and capers. Serve with a tangy honey-mustard dressing.

Bowl of tuna Niçoise salad next to honey mustard dressing pot

Classic Cobb salad

This epic salad is great for entertaining a crowd or simply as a refreshing lunch. Double the dressing and store in a jar in the fridge for weekday lunches.

Cobb salad in layers on a large serving plate with a spoon on the side

Pasta salad with bocconcini, capers and tomatoes

Pasta gets tossed with tomatoes, olive oil, red wine vinegar and capers, before being finished off with mozzarella cheese balls and fresh herbs. Find more of our vibrant pasta salad recipes.

Two bowls filled with curly pasta, roast tomatoes, basil and white cheese balls

Chicken quinoa salad

This gluten-free chicken salad recipe is made filling with quinoa, with bursts of colour from red onion, mint and lemon zest.

Quinoa chicken salad on a dish

Tomato salad with burrata and 'nduja sauce

With the spice of the 'nduja, the crunch and freshness of the vibrant tomatoes, and the creamy luxurious burrata, this fresh tomato salad makes a winning dish that's guaranteed to impress whoever is at the table.

Tomato Salad Recipe with Burrata

Halloumi and watermelon salad

Warm, salty halloumi with sweet watermelon and fresh mint is a combination we'll never tire of – ideal for a BBQ side dish.

Halloumi and Watermelon Salad on a White P|late

Prawn caesar salad

Using grilled prawns instead of chicken gives this salad a summer lift, along with the addition of basil.

Prawn caesar salad on an oval platter

Grilled halloumi salad

Try this halloumi salad as a side dish at your next barbecue, or serve it as a vegetarian main.

A salad of grilled halloumi, courgette ribbons and cherry tomatoes

Halloumi, kale and tahini salad

Salty halloumi cubes work wonders with the softened kale and nutty tahini in this speedy veggie salad. Perfect for lunch or a lighter evening meal.

Plate of Kale and Tahini Salad with Chunks of Halloumi

Vegan caesar salad

Looking for a caesar salad that completely meat-free? We've swapped bacon for crunchy, paprika-smoked aubergine slivers in our vegan twist on the classic caesar salad. It’s speedy and easy to make, too.

Find more vegan meal ideas to add to your repertoire.

Vegan Kale Caesar Salad Recipe with Aubergine Bacon

Crusted feta with rocket and watermelon salad

Fried, breadcrumbed feta with a juicy watermelon and rocket salad, finished with a chilli-honey dressing – it's summer on a plate.

Baked feta surrounded by watermelon slices on a large platter

Nectarine and chilli maple halloumi quinoa salad

Nectarines shine in this salad that highlights the seasonal stone fruit – coating the halloumi in a chilli-maple dressing is a game-changer.

A grilled halloumi salad with nectarines in a large sharing bowl

Grilled corn salad with tahini miso dressing

Griddle corn for a charred flavour that complements the sweet cherry tomatoes in this salad. Sprinkle over crumbled feta and dress in a tahini, miso and maple dressing.

Salad of corn, lettuce, tomatoes, onions and feta on a blue plate next to a bowl of dressing

Tajin shrimp fajita salad

Tajín is a spicy Mexican seasoning made from lime, chilli and salt. It's showcased in this fresh, vibrant salad. Great with a cold beer.

Plate of shrimp salad with tortilla batons.

Orecchiette pasta salad with prawns, basil, feta and tomato caper dressing

Juicy prawns are paired with crumbly feta, basil and a simple caper and tomato dressing in this colourful pasta salad. Make as part of a decadent Italian feast.

Like the look of this? Find more of our pasta recipes for all your pasta needs.

Orecchiette Pasta Salad Recipe with Prawns

Roasted courgette, chickpea and lemon salad

Here's a chickpea salad with serious pizzazz, packed with baby courgettes and punchy rose harissa. Ready on the table in 20 minutes, it's a brilliant side salad to add to your to-make list.

Roasted Courgette Salad with Chickpeas on a White Plate

Black chickpea salad (kala channa masala)

This crunchy black chickpea salad comes packed with fresh and tangy flavours, including chillies, peanuts and lime. This recipe comes from DUM Biryani House in London.

Dum Biryani House - Black chickpea salad (Kala channa masala)

Vegan coronation tofu salad

Now vegans can delight in creamy coronation flavours with this plant-based salad, swapping chicken for smoked tofu.

The possibilities with smoked tofu are endless – find how with our tofu recipes.

Coronation Chicken Recipe with Tofu

Grains, greens and beans salad with pesto dressing

Toss leafy green veg and wholegrains in a fresh pesto dressing and you'll get one seriously impressive green salad. It's ready to enjoy in 15 minutes, too.

Easy Grain Salad Recipe with Pesto Dressing

Spiced lentil and chickpea salad with halloumi

A simple chickpea salad is levelled up with spicy lentils, golden halloumi and sweet cherry vine tomatoes. You can serve at a dinner party, or enjoy as a solo dinner and use the leftovers for lunch the following day.

Want more ways with halloumi? Check out our halloumi recipes for inspiration.

Chickpea and Halloumi Salad Recipe with Lentils

Courgette and chimichurri salad

Here's a fresh green salad with plenty of zing and crunch, tossing green beans and courgettes in a chimichurri dressing, then crumbling over salty feta.

A green courgette salad on a grey plate and light blue background

Za'atar chopped salad

A chopped salad is a great way to serve an impressive dish with minimal prep. The za’atar dressing adds a lovely creaminess to the vibrant vegetables.

Chopped salad with vegetables and za'atar

Chicken, wild rice and carrot salad

Lime pickle adds a sour, salty, fragrant note to this dressing, which becomes more than the sum of its parts. This recipe makes a generous serving but it keeps in the fridge for two days.

A white plate filled with chicken, rice, ribbons of carrot and red onion slices

Quick Japanese-style rice salad

Use up a pack of ready-cooked rice in this super fast king prawn salad, complete with crunchy edamame beans, chopped cucumber and creamy avocado.

Japanese-Style Rice Salad with Prawns and Chopsticks

Hot-smoked salmon salad with chive buttermilk dressing

This salmon salad is finished off perfectly with a tangy buttermilk and chive dressing. Tip into a serving bowl, drizzle over the dressing and serve with crusty bread, if you like.

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Warm red rice, herb and salmon salad

Mix soft hunks of salmon with spice-packed rice, crunchy cucumber and herbs including parsley and mint in this knockout healthy meal.

Warm Salad Recipe with Red Rice and Salmon

Cucumber and tomato salad

Inspired by the food of Tel Aviv, this crunchy chopped salad comes dressed with a creamy tahini sauce and is a fresh accompaniment to kebabs.

A white plate piled with chopped tomatoes cucumber and herbs

Spiced lentil, puffed rice and cucumber salad

This salad is almost too good to eat... vibrant, nourishing and made super colourful with pomegranate seeds, red onions, cucumber nuggets and coriander. There are lentils in there for added protein, too.

Spiced lentil, puffed rice and cucumber salad

Feta and cucumber salad with dill dressing

Ridged cucumbers have a stronger flavour than the regular variety and firmer flesh. They stand up perfectly here to the olives and feta – a combo inspired by the flavours of Greek salad and tzatziki.

A white platter filled with ribboned cucumber, chopped black olives and crumbled feta on a stone background with a silver serving spoon

Roast chicken panzanella

Make a dressing using the pan juices to soften the crispy pitta chunks in this stylish panzanella, featuring asparagus, roasted peppers and capers.

A plate of chicken, asparagus and red peppers on a white cloth with a speckled grey background

Roast carrot and spelt salad with dukkah and preserved lemon dressing

Carrots are tossed with oil, cumin seeds, cinnamon and seasoning then left to roast before being layered with leaves and pre-cooked grains to cut corners. The dukkah gives this salad a delightful nutty flavour, perfect for a meat-free Monday meal.

Roast carrot and spelt salad with dukkah and preserved lemon dressing on a white platter

Farro, grilled peach and pecan salad

Grilled peaches add a natural sweetness to this zingy grain salad. It serves four but would make a great sharing dish for a vegan dinner party.

Grilled Peach Salad With Pecans and Farro

Smoked aubergine, pepper and walnut salad with pomegranate

This simple salad combines smoky aubergines with pepper and walnuts, topped with pomegranates and parsley for a burst of a bright colour. Scoop up with flatbreads for a Middle Eastern inspired dinner.

Smoked Aubergine Salad Recipe with Pomegranates

Goat’s cheese and beetroot citrus salad

This winningly colourful beetroot salad is bursting with citrussy flavours and creamy goat's cheese, tossed through with a mustard and honey dressing.

Beetroot Salad with Goat's Cheese

Za'atar cottage cheese salad

Herby za’atar adds excitement to everyday cottage cheese in this fresh salad that's perfect for a light lunch or on the side of your favourite grilled meats.

Platter of cottage cheese salad with a dip in a ramekin

Celeriac chimichurri salad

Pre-cooked Puy lentils will soak up the piquant, herby dressing in this stylish celeriac salad. It serves up to six, perfect for a larger gathering.

A black bowl filled with a green chopped salad with feta and croutons

Beetroot, orange and feta salad

Earthy beetroot and sweet orange make a heavenly pair in this simple salad that pops all the more with a salty olive vinaigrette and chunks of creamy feta.

A white bowl filled with a beetroot, orange and green leaf salad with crumbled feta on top

Miso roasted cauliflower, avocado and lentil salad

Miso roasted cauliflower forms the base of this rustic salad, served with lentils and pepped up with with pickled onions.

A platter topped with roasted cauliflower, lentils and slices of avocado

Crunchy veg and smoked tofu salad with sesame dressing

A nutty sesame dressing takes this crunchy vegan salad to the next level – it's perfect if you want a lighter dish which still looks and tastes special.

Smoked Tofu Salad Recipe with Sesame Dressing and Veg

Smoked mackerel caesar salad

This is an upgraded classic with smoked mackerel and crispy onions that's perfect all year around. The caesar dressing also works well with chicken salads, new potatoes or salmon.

Smoked mackerel caesar salad with crispy onions and seedy croutons

Muhammara with herby grain salad

Serve muhammara – a classic Levantine dip made with walnuts, red peppers and pomegranate – with a salad of freekeh and leafy herbs and flatbread.

a plate of red muhammara sauce topped with grains and herbs

Burrata and tomato salad

Creamy burrata and sweet tomatoes soak up a punchy dressing of olive brine, lemon and black pepper. It's simple, effective and will work great as a sophisticated side for any type of event.

A white oval platter filled with burrata, olives and tomato salad on a whitewashed wooden background

Charred lettuce with ranch dressing and bacon bits

This charred lettuce salad has the potential to be the centrepiece at your next BBQ, topped with crispy bacon bits and drizzled in a creamy ranch dressing.

A plate of charred lettuce with creamy ranch dressing topped with bacon bits on a blue fabric napkin

Couscous salad

Couscous is the star of the show in this zingy Middle Eastern inspired salad, bursting with wonderful flavours including ras el hanout, sumac and mint.

Cauliflower Couscous Salad Recipe with Zhoug

Bombay mix lettuce salad

If you’re craving a salad then this colourful dish should be your go-to. Crispy chickpeas, bombay mix and pomegranate seeds sit on a bed of lettuce, finished with a drizzle of tamarind sauce and sprinkle of coriander.

Lettuce topped with yogurt, bombay mix and pomegranate seeds on a plate

Lacto-fermented carrots with grain salad

Make carrot season last even longer by fermenting with citrussy orange zest and fragrant herbs. Once pickled, this funky veg is fantastic paired with grains, orange slices and pistachios for a zingy vegan salad.

A green platter topped with grains, slices of orange, fermented carrots and crushed green pistachio nuts

Charred winter cabbage with caesar dressing and bacon croutons

Enjoy this winter salad featuring seasonal cabbage topped with sourdough croutons, bacon and a yogurt and anchovy dressing.

A platter of charred cabbage with a yogurt dressing on top and on the side

Feel-good winter salad

This nourishing salad is packed with lots of fresh ginger and garlic, full of antioxidants and vitamins. Raw kale is great for digestion, along with beetroots, broccoli and avocado.

Platter of winter salad next to a ramekin of dressing

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