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15+ Easy Side Salad Recipes

Salads are such a good side dish. And, you can really vary them so they’re not boring. Get inspired with our list of Easy Side Salad Recipes.

For more ideas of what to make, check out all of our recipes.

A side salad with croutons on it and dressing in the back with the words "Easy Side Salad Recipes Pasta Salads, Potato Salads, Green Salads & more" digitally written on top.

I love salad. We used to have a simple green salad almost every night with dinner, but then I started making us fancy salads this year. Because plain salad greens can be boring. And if you’re bored, you’re not gonna enjoy it.

And every part of dinner, from the sides to the main course, should be enjoyed. So elevate your meals with a great side salad.

There are so many different ways to define salad, right? There are pasta salads, green salads (which include any fresh greens as a base), and potato salads. So, there are a lot to choose from. And we have a lot of ideas for you.

We broke the salads down into those four categories (pasta salads, potato salads, green salads, and miscellaneous salads) so you can quickly scroll through and find some new side dishes to serve with your main dish.

This list excludes any salads that are a full meal and any sandwich salads.

15+ Easy Side Salad Recipes

As we add more of our best side salad recipes to Drugstore Divas, we’ll be sure to update this post. So be sure to save it (pin it, bookmark it, etc.) and come back to it from time to time to see what new recipes are on the list.

​Pasta Salads

Greek Orzo Salad in a blue bowl.

Orzo Greek Salad

Orzo is usually reserved for soup, so it’s fun to use the pasta in this Orzo Greek Salad. It’s unexpected. Unless, of course, you shop at ALDI often because this recipe is a twist on a packaged orzo Greek salad that’s sold there. Making this pasta salad at home, rather than purchasing it already made, is an easy way to save a little bit of money.

This is packed with bell peppers, olives (kalamata olives make the most sense, but you can use any), and feta cheese. You can serve it warm or cold.

This Taco Pasta Salad is a blue bowl on a glass table.

Taco Pasta Salad

Two years ago, this Taco Pasta Salad was my go to pot luck recipe. Everyone was asking me to bring it over. Since it’s so easy to make — and super tasty — I didn’t mind.

Pasta, tomatoes, olives, and green onions combine with seasoning, salad dressing (that’s the secret ingredient), and tortilla chips (that’s the best part) to make a pasta salad that’s accidentally vegan.

Vegan Pasta Salad.

Vegan Pasta Salad

Chickpeas add such a great flavor to this Vegan Pasta Salad. It’s accidentally vegan and you really get a tasty bite from building up flavors.

This pasta salad also has roasted eggplant and tomatoes in it, so it’s pretty interesting for a pot luck.

Salads With Leafy Greens

Romaine lettuce on a white tray with bleu cheese crumbles, crumbled bacon, and white dressing on top with the words "Bacon And Bleu Cheese Salad" digitally written on top.

Bacon And Bleu Cheese Salad

One of our favorite salads is this Bacon And Bleu Cheese Salad. Romaine lettuce is topped with crispy bacon, bleu cheese crumbles, bleu cheese dressing, and a pinch of salt to bring out all the flavors.

If you have extra bacon already cooked, this simple salad comes together so quickly.

A spoon holding lettuce, feta, and olives with the words "Maroulosalata (Greek Lettuce Salad) With Olives" digitally written on top.

Maroulosalata (Greek Lettuce Salad) With Olives

There’s so much green in this Greek Lettuce Salad: romaine lettuce, green onions, and dill. You make your own homemade dressing from a simple recipe of olive oil, lemon juice, and seasoning that gets poured on top.

​A traditional Maroulosalata doesn’t have kalamata olives in it, but we add them for a little extra flavor.

Grilled Salad on a tray with the words "Grilled Caesar Salad with homemade grilled croutons" digitally written above it.

Grilled Caesar Salad

This Grilled Caesar Salad is such a fun twist on a traditional Caesar Salad because yes, you actually do grill the romaine lettuce. The result is a charred, crisp lettuce that’s so good. It’s super easy to eat the entire serving.

What’s fun about this delicious salad is you actually grill bread to make homemade croutons for the salad too (which is a lot easier than it sounds).

Red, white, and bleu kale salad.

Red, White, And Bleu Kale Salad

We originally made this Red, White, And Bleu Kale Salad for a patriotic party — hence the colors. It’s a great addition to your Memorial Day or July 4th party spread. But, you can serve it anytime.

Hearty kale is the base (although any leafy greens would work). Berries and crunchy croutons are added, then drizzled with a bottled dressing. This summer salad is best when berries are in season.

7 Layer Salad in a glass bowl.

7 Layer Salad

This 7 Layer Salad is my favorite side dish salad. I only make it for special occasions because it’s a little too much work for a weeknight meal.

The salad is layered iceberg lettuce, celery, green bell pepper, onion, frozen peas, cooked bacon, cheddar cheese, and then a a homemade dressing. It sits for 12 to 24 hours for the flavors to combine and for the peas to defrost.

Potato Salads

A blue bowl filed with classic American potato salad with the words "Classic Potato Salad" digitally written on top.

Classic Potato Salad

You can’t beat the classics, and that’s proved by this Classic Potato Salad recipe. It’s always a hit at every barbecue.

Hard boiled eggs and potatoes combine to make the base of this salad. They’re coated in a dressing made from egg yolk, mayonnaise, seasoning, and, of course, yellow mustard.

Two deviled eggs on top of potato salad with the words "Deviled Egg Potato Salad" digitally written on top.

Deviled Egg Potato Salad

If you’re looking for a great twist on a classic potato salad, try our Deviled Egg Potato Salad.

The deviled egg filling is used to coat the potatoes and egg whites in the potato salad. You then garnish it with green onions, Tajin seasoning, and a pair of deviled eggs.

A spoon holding a scoop of avocado potato salad with the words "Vegan Avocado Potato Salad" digitally written above it.

Vegan Avocado Potato Salad

Potato salad is a classic pot luck recipe. But, if you’re looking for a twist on that, this vegan avocado potato salad is it.

You use some of the avocado in a creamy dressing, so you don’t need to use mayonnaise, and some of the avocado gets chopped into pieces to combine with the potato.

Potato salad with cheese, bacon, and chives in a bowl with the words "Loaded Potato Salad" digitally written on top.

Loaded Potato Salad

​Get all the flavors of a loaded baked potato, but in salad form, in this Loaded Potato Salad.

​Crispy bacon, cheddar cheese, fresh herbs, and sour cream combine together with potatoes to make a really good salad.

Side Salads

A white bowl filled with cucumbers, sliced olives, tomato pieces, sliced red onions, and feta cheese with the words "Horiatiki (Classic Greek Salad)" digitally written on top.

Horiatiki (Classic Greek Salad)

If you’re looking for a side salad that’s filled with fresh vegetables, this Horiatiki (Classic Greek Salad) is it.

The salad is made from cucumbers, tomatoes, green peppers, red onions, and Kalamata olives. It’s topped with a simple homemade vinaigrette then tossed with feta cheese crumbles. It’s so fresh and delicious, you’ll keep coming back for more.

Broccoli salad in a maroon Tupperware container.

Broccoli Salad

Broccoli Salad is a classic salad made from broccoli, bacon, and red onion. The secret is red wine vinegar in the dressing.

You need a little preplanning for this recipe because it’s best if it sits overnight so the broccoli absorbs the flavor of the dressing.

Cucumbers on a blue plate with red seasoning on top and the words "Cucumber Salad (with Tajin and Lime)" digitally written above them.

Cucumber Salad With Tajín And Lime

If you’re looking for a way to use the cucumbers growing in your garden this summer, make this Cucumber Salad With Tajín And Lime. It takes less than five minutes to make. You just slice the cucumber, top the cucumber slices with lime juice, Tajín seasoning, and salt. And that’s it.

We always serve this big salad family style, but you could serve everyone their own salad in a small bowl if that’s easier for you.

Thin slices of asparagus and radish being held up by tongs with the words "Shaved Asparagus & Radish Salad" digitally written above it.

Shaved Asparagus And Radish Salad

This Shaved Asparagus And Radish Salad takes a little bit of time because you’re shaving the asparagus with a vegetable peeler and cutting the radish with a mandolin. But it’s worth it for this really fresh side salad.

It’s dressed only with lemon juice and olive oil and a little bit of seasoning to really bring out the flavors of the fresh vegetables.

Corn, zucchini, red onion, and white cheese mixed in a bowl with the words "Mexican Corn And Zucchini Salad" digitally written on top.

​Mexican Corn And Zucchini Salad

Two fresh zucchini, fresh corn, and red onion combine to make this Mexican Corn And Zucchini Salad.

It’s seasoned with Mexican-forward flavors: Tajín seasoning, lime crema, and queso fresco. It’ll be your new go to recipe to enjoy all the fresh flavors of summer produce.

Garden Tomato Salad in a plastic container with the words "Easy Garden Tomato Salad" digitally written above it.

Garden Tomato Salad

This Garden Tomato Salad is a great way to use the fresh tomatoes and fresh herbs growing in your garden. But, if you don’t have a garden, cherry tomatoes from the grocery store are the perfect substitution.

You get the best flavor from this tomato salad if you let it rest overnight in an airtight container and serve it the next day. But, if you’re making it for that night’s dinner, you can serve this as soon as you dress it.

Street corn in a bowl with the words "Grilled Mexican Street Corn Salad (Grilled Esquites)" digitally written above it.

Mexican Street Corn Salad

This Mexican Street Corn Salad (also called esquites) was our go to pot luck salad last year. Everyone who eats it is obsessed with it.

You grill corn on the cob and a jalapeno pepper, then combine them with the traditional flavors of Mexican Street Corn, and serve it to your guests in a large bowl. Make it once as is, but next time, I bet you’ll make a double batch because this salad is always a big hit.

Which of these easy side salad recipes are you going to try first? Let us know in the comments.


Thursday 2nd of April 2020

So many delicious options in this post, thank you so much for sharing!! :)