Easy Salad Recipes

What does one decide as a healthy side dish? Easy salad recipes of course! Find below free salad recipes to make your new lifestyle less complicated and more enjoyable.

With many of these salad recipes, you can add chopped grilled chicken, grilled marinated flank steak or prawns for a one plate meal. I do this frequently on warm summer evenings.

One of my favorites is Napa Cabbage. Not quite as firm as a regular cabbage and just crispy enough to hold up to the addition of a chicken breast or that left over fajita meat. Remember when I mentioned the value of consuming a large portion of your foods raw? Easy Salad Recipes is an example of just that!

"Anti-Pasta" Salad


  • 10-12 oz. Grilled Chicken or Italian Dry Salami-Julienne cut
  • (The Salami should be eaten infrequently and choose chopped chicken for a healthier choice)
  • 2-4oz. Cans Sliced Black Olives
  • 8 Mini Multi-Color Bell Peppers-Sliced
  • 4 Heaping Tbs. Capers
  • 1 Medium Sweet White Onion-Sliced
  • 1 8 oz. Jar Artichoke Hearts-Chopped
  • 8 oz. Feta Cheese Crumbled
  • Italian Salad Dressing to Taste-About 1 Cup


In a large bowl, combine all ingredients, toss with dressing and serve. If you refrigerate this dish, take it out about 20 minutes prior to serving.

You can add other lunch meats to this for a nice cool summer easy salad recipes one dish meal.

This is a Phase I recipe


Celery Root Salad


  • 1 Large Celery Root
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper
  • 2 Shallots
  • 1 Tsp. Sea Salt
  • 1 Tsp. Celery Seed
  • 3/4 Cup Homemade Mayonnaise


Peel celery root with knife and shred on cheese grater. Chop red pepper in small pieces and slice the shallots very thin. Add all ingredients to bowl and toss. Refrigerate for 1 hour prior to serving.

Celery Root, also known as "Celeriac" is a root vegetable that looks much like a turnip.

This is one of those easy salad recipes that everyone will love!

Tomato Basil With Mozzarella-Caprese Salad

This is a simple yet versatile recipe. Slice Tomatoes in rounds and place on a plate or platter. Add sliced Mozzarella slices and chopped basil, drizzle with olive oil or Italian salad dressing.

Turn this into an easy salad recipe by chopping everything smaller and adding other items.

Some versatile additions include:

  • Red Onions or Shallots
  • Olives
  • Cucumber
  • Replace Mozzarella with Crumbled Feta
  • Grilled Chicken, Prawns or Flank Steak

This is a Phase II and Paleo Diet recipe, if you've added dairy to your paleo lifestyle.

Endive Salad With Warm Bacon Vinaigrette

Ingredients For Salad:

  • 2 Pounds Endive, Cleaned and Sliced
  • Cooked Diced Bacon From Dressing Recipe
  • 1/2 Cup Pecan Halves Toasted
  • 1 Navel Orange Segmented

Warm Bacon Vinaigrette Dressing:

  • 1/2 Pound Bacon, Diced
  • 2 Tbs. Champagne Vinegar
  • 1 Tbs. Meyer Lemon Juice
  • 1/4 Cup Olive Oil
  • Salt & Pepper to Taste

Directions:Cook bacon over low heat until crisp. Remove bacon from pan and set aside with salad ingredients.

In a small metal bowl, combine bacon fat, vinegar, lemon juice and oil. Whisk to emulsify and season lightly with salt and pepper. Place bowl on low heat to keep warm. Toss salad ingredients with vinaigrette. Serve immediately.

This is a Phase II and Paleo Diet recipe

Lemon Beet Salad


  • 3 Large Golden Organic Beets
  • 2 Shallots finely chopped
  • Juice of 2 Lemons
  • 6 oz. Feta Cheese
  • (I use mediterranean flavor)
  • 1/2 Cup Olive Oil
  • 1 Medium Avocado
  • 1 Tsp. Sea Salt


Steam beats for 45 minutes whole. When cool, peel and chop into small squares.

Add remaining ingredients and toss. Refrigerate until serving allow to sit at room temperature for 10-15 minutes.

Variations for easy salad recipes:

  • Pear Slices
  • Chopped Walnuts
  • Red Onions
  • Goat Cheese
  • Balsamic Vinegar
  • This is a Phase II recipe


    Chard Bacon Apple Salad


    • 4 Slices Bacon Diced
    • 1 Small Yellow Onion, halved and thinly sliced
    • 1 Organic Gala Apple, cored and diced
    • 1 Bunch (about 3/4 pound) Organic Chard, well rinsed
    • 1/4 Tsp. Sea Salt
    • 1/4 Tsp. Cracked Black Pepper


    Place a large, heavy skillet (preferably cast iron or stainless) over medium heat. Add bacon and cook, stirring frequently, until lightly browned, about 7 minutes. Remove bacon from pan with a slotted spoon and set aside. Add onion to the pan and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in apple.

    Meanwhile, cut off the stems of the chard and slice them thinly. Chop the leaves. Stir stems and leaves into the skillet along with the bacon, salt and pepper. Pour in 2 tablespoons water; cover the skillet and cook, stirring frequently, until chard is tender, about 8 more minutes. This is one of the most versatile easy salad recipes.

    This is a Phase II and Paleo Diet recipe


    Quinoa Salad


    • 3 Cups Cooked Quinoa
    • 16 oz. Feta Cheese
    • 1 15 oz. Can Garbanzo Beans sauteed in Garlic and Olive Oil
    • 1 Basket Cherry Tomatoes Sliced in Half
    • 1 15 oz. Can Black Beans
    • 3/4 Cup Chopped Basil
    • 1/2 Cup Pine Nuts
    • 6 Cloves Roasted Garlic
    • 3/4 Cup Italian Salad Dressing


    Prepare ingredients using a large bowl so you have plenty of room to mix. Add the dressing last and fold so all ingredients are coated with dressing.

    Garnish with Whole Basil Leaves and Cherry Tomatoes.

    I bring this salad to BBQ's and Garden Parties and it is loved by many. This is one of those versatile summer meals as well by adding Grilled Chicken Breasts.When purchasing Quinoa, I advise you purchase pre-rinsed. Quinoa is one of those grains (seeds) that carries Saponins, basically a phyto-chemical that protects the plant from insects but has a slight soapy taste. If you purchase Quinoa in bulk and it hasn't been rinsed, just rinse it yourself using cheese cloth in a colander.

    This is a Phase II recipe

    Cole Slaw


    • 1 Head Green Cabbage
    • (I love Napa Cabbage)
    • 1 Cup of Homemade Mayonnaise
    • 3 Cloves Fresh Garlic-chopped
    • 1 Tbs. Celery Seed
    • 1/4 Cup Raw Apple Cider Vinegar

    Directions:Shred Cabbage (the smaller the slice, the better distribution of flavor) Add remaining ingredients and refrigerate one hour before serving. Determine your preferred amount of mayonnaise at this point. You may want to add more, or add more cabbage.

    This is a Phase I recipe


    One of my favorite Cole Slaw Recipes is to add 1 8 oz. container of blue cheese crumbles, 1/2 cup chopped walnuts and 1 medium Granny Smith Apple chopped.

    You can also add celery seed.

    This is a Phase II and Paleo Diet recipe

    Seaweed Salad with Cucumber


    • 1 Oz. Wakame Seaweed
    • 1 Small Cucumber Peeled and Diced
    • 2 Tbs. Minced Shallot
    • 2 Tbs. Tamari or Soy Sauce
    • 1.5 Tbs. Rice Vinegar
    • 2 Tsp. Sesame Oil
    • 1 Tbs. Black Sesame Seed
    • Pinch of Sea Salt


    Rinse seaweed and soak in large bowl of water for 5 minutes. Pat dry, and chop or cut with kitchen scissors into small bite sized pieces. Combine all ingredients, toss and refrigerate for 10 minutes prior to serving.

    This is a nice addition to our Ceviche Shrimp. I like a seaweed salad when consuming sushi as seaweed binds to heavy metals in the body.

    Don't be afraid! I'm not an adventerous eater and this is one of those surprisingly good easy salad recipes.

    This is a Phase I recipe.

    Crispy Okra Salad

    Thank you to Jane from Sacramento Ca for your easy salad recipes!

    • Rice Bran Oil for frying
    • 1 lb. Okra, stemmed and julienned
    • 1/2 Medium Red Onion
    • 1 Medium Tomato cored, seeded and julienned
    • 1/4 Cup Chopped Fresh Cilantro Leaves
    • Juice of 1/2 Lemon
    • 2 Cloves Garlic Minced
    • 1/2 Tsp. Sea Salt


    Heat 2 inches oil to 350F. Fry the Okra in small batches so all will turn out crisp about 5-7 minutes. The seeds will swell and it will be deeply colored around the edges. Transfer each batch to drain on paper towels. Lightly saute the onion and garlic and toss all ingredients together and serve!

    This is a Phase I recipe.

    Red Leaf Salad with Champagne Vinaigrette

    Ingredients for Salad:

    • 1 Head Red Leaf Lettuce, Torn into Pieces
    • 1/2 Cup Blue Cheese Crumbles

    Ingredients for Dressing:

    • 1/2 Cup Olive Oil
    • 3 Tbs. Champagne Vinegar
    • 1 Meyer Lemon, Juiced
    • Salt & Pepper to taste

    This is a Phase II and Paleo Diet recipe.

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