10 Healthy Salad Recipes


10 healthy salad recipes to enjoy all year round! 

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Happy belated Halloween – muwahaha! This is Lincoln’s best scary face. Boo!


I die.

Anyway, if you’re anything like me, you overdid it on candy this week. I mean, come on! Passing on mini Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and fun-size Laffy Taffy is just not going to happen around Halloween time. Not on my watch.

That being said, if you’re in need of a healthy meal to get back on track, an entree salad is it. Chock-full of healthy fruits, veggies, and protein, they fill you up and feeling on top. Unlike Smarties which take 2 or 3 sleeves to realize that yep, they still taste like chalk dust, and give you sugar belly. Will I ever learn?

At any rate, get back on track this weekend with any of my 10 favorite healthy salad recipes here on Iowa Girl Eats. Hope you enjoy!

BBQ Chicken Chopped Salad

BBQ Chicken Chopped Salad is definitely one of my favorite salad recipes here on IGE. Filling, full of decadent flavors, and extremely satisfying – it tastes like it came from a restaurant!

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Kale Chopped Salad with Maple-Almond Vinaigrette

Kale Chopped Salad with Maple-Almond Vinaigrette actually IS from a restaurant! Inspired by my trip to The Westside Local in Kansas City, this salad is full of different flavors and textures like dried cranberries, kale, almonds, fried shallots, and brussels sprouts, tossed in a luscious Maple-Almond Vinaigrette.

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California Cobb Salad with Tarragon Vinaigrette

The fresh flavors of the west coast shine in California Cobb Salad with Tarragon Vinaigrette. The fresh tarragon in the vinaigrette really makes the flavors pop.

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Autumn Salmon Salad with Honey-Apple Cider Vinaigrette

Another restaurant-inspired salad! Autumn Salmon Salad with Honey-Apple Cider Vinaigrette is a nod to Old Ebbit Grill’s version in Washington DC. Take advantage of in-season beets, which make this salad perfect for fall.

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Copycat Culver’s Chicken Cashew Salad

Simplicity is what makes Copycat Culver’s Chicken Cashew Salad so good. Just lettuce, tomatoes, chicken, cashews, and fresh cheddar cheese. Make sure to use freshly hand-shreded cheese for the best flavor. This salad is really good drizzled with raspberry vinaigrette.

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Chicken Fajita Sizzling Salad

Talk about an entree salad… Fresh fajita fixin’s are sauteed until sizzling then piled atop a bed of cold, crunchy lettuce in Chicken Fajita Sizzling Salad. You’ll love this combo.

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Chipotle-Mango BBQ Chicken Salad

Homemade Chipotle-Mango BBQ Sauce is what makes this chicken salad so good. It’s easy and delicious. Plus, who doesn’t like to say they made their own BBQ sauce?!

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Inner Goddess Detox Salad

A big Inner Goddess Detox Salad is always a good way to get back on track after over indulging. Chock full of good for you, detoxifying ingredients!

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Buffalo Chicken Cobb Salad with Buffalo Deviled Eggs

I could NOT love this Buffalo Chicken Cobb Salad with Buffalo Deviled Eggs more! The Buffalo Deviled Eggs really set it apart. I could eat 400.

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Avocado and Chicken Caprese Salad

I might have saved the best for last. Avocado and Chicken Caprese Salad drizzled with sweet and luscious balsamic reduction is incredibly delicious and satisfying. Fresh and incredibly easy, too!

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  1. What a precious pumpkin! So cute. The buffalo chicken salad looks like one I will definitely have to try. Yum! :)

  2. Melissa 11.01.2013

    Aww, Lincoln is absolutely adorable and all of these salads look wonderful – so colorful and fresh!

  3. Rosie 11.01.2013

    Seriously?! Still no Friday Favorites…… :(

    • Iowa Girl Eats 11.01.2013

      Hey Rosie, I’m glad you love Friday Favorites! With a new baby I have next to no extra time to surf the web so I’ve been posting Friday Favorites about every other week (the last one was last Friday.) Thanks for your understanding.

      • Brenda 11.03.2013

        You rock! just do the Friday Favorites when you can. We can fill those days with our own Pinterest searches. That is fun too. Being a mom is way important. You can’t get these days back. enjoy!

      • melissa 11.03.2013

        haha, you would think Rosie pays you for friday favorites or something…. and this is coming from a reader who LOVES those. ;) you are doin just perfect lady! take care of that little man

  4. gah, he is adorable! and, yes i need some salads in my life asap.

  5. Your little guy couldn’t get any cuter! Love that BBQ chicken chopped salad!

  6. C. 11.01.2013

    Oh I hear ya, I seriously need this today too. I picked up a bag of the EXTRA mini pumpkin Reese’s, but still ate way too many. I couldn’t stop from the cuteness!

  7. Cindy 11.01.2013

    Thank you for the motivation to eat something healthy this weekend! I definitely over-did it with Halloween candy last night. We had 11 (yep, ELEVEN!) trick-or-treaters last night and of course, I purchased two giant bags of candy in preparation!

  8. Lincoln is too cute to possibly be scary ;)

  9. Trisha 11.01.2013

    Yes. It’s salad time for sure. The days between Halloween and Thanksgiving are always my most successful for eating healthy. I’m planning to work my way through this pile of Almond Joy & Heath bars (because kids don’t like coconut and toffee, right?!) over the weekend, while loading up on as many veggie as possible otherwise.

  10. Tracy 11.01.2013

    Happy 1st Halloween little pumpkin!

    We had a really low number of trick or treaters this year! Why?? So much leftover candy! Thanks for the salad refresher!

    Have a great weekend :)

  11. Erin H. 11.01.2013

    Thanks for sharing this list! I needed some new ideas for salads. These look amazing!

  12. Amy 11.01.2013

    Lincoln—what a cute punkin:)
    Love these salads…….YUM….it’s so good to add protein—I need a good variety to enjoy them—thx!

  13. victoria 11.01.2013

    Adorable baby boy on the cutest blanket! Would you mind sharing the brand of the blanket? I am a giraffe loving grandma-to-be come January and would love to find one :)

  14. Anne [A Squared] 11.01.2013

    These salads look amazing– and like exactly what I need post-Halloween and pre-Thanksgiving!

  15. Jaime D 11.01.2013

    Oh my goodness!! That picture of Lincoln is beyond adorable!!! Great post!! I have a 7 month old and I’m amazed with how frequently you are posting post baby! Lucky us :)

  16. That “scary” face??? SO cute!!!

    You have such a knack for making amazing salads! Love all these ideas!

  17. Kristi 11.02.2013

    That picture. It made my morning.

  18. Brenda 11.02.2013

    i miss you Friday favorites too. busy new mom, though, i get it.

  19. Erin 11.02.2013

    Awww that precious pumpkin! Love all these salad recipes; Happy ‘belated’ Halloween!

  20. Awwww, his scary face is precious. Could it be any cuter?! And seriously, I love ALL of these salads, especially the chipotle, mango BBQ chicken salad – YUM!

  21. Your apple cider vinaigrette looks amazing!

  22. Yum so many great salad ideas to try out! I’ve been loving salads for lunch lately so need to give some of these new ideas a try :)

  23. Kim L 11.03.2013

    Oh my! He is so beyond cute I don’t even know what to say :) And those salads look really yummy…a sure sign I too have overdone my candy intake :)

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    So many salad recipes. It’s really awesome. I’ll share it on Facebook :)

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  30. Stephanie 08.10.2014

    Thanks so much for these yummy salad recipes!! Just what I was searching for. Feeling a little carb loaded these days, trying to cut back and add more veg! Your son is so cute it’s ridiculous! Congrats!! :)

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