If you’re trying to get your family to eat more vegetables, these creative salad recipes are a great place to start. Not only are they flavorful and unique, but they can also be prepared in mere minutes. Try one of these recipes tonight for a recipe that’s sure to garner rave reviews!
1.) Kiwi-Strawberry Spinach Salad
Combine 6 cups torn fresh spinach with 1 pint strawberries (stems removed, halved) and 2 kiwi (peeled and diced). In a blender, combine 1/8 cup canola oil, 1/8 cup raspberry vinegar, 1/8 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce, 1/8 cup sugar, and 1/8 teaspoon paprika; process for 30 seconds or until blended. Stir in 1 tablespoon poppy seeds. Pour over the salad and toss to coat. My family loves topping the salad with toasted pecans and feta cheese. It’s similar to a salad I love at a local restaurant, but I can make it at home for a fraction of the cost! For more green salad recipes, check out this link of 10 recipes from Real Simple!
2.) Colorful Corn Salad
Sauté two cups of fresh corn in butter until tender. Add garlic powder and salt to taste. Place in a bowl. Stir in 1 cup drained black beans, ½ cup chopped tomatoes, and1/2 cup chopped avocado. This creates a healthy, tasty medley that is sure to delight your family! Plus, you can easily add in different vegetables as desired. Top it with grated Parmesan cheese. This is the perfect side dish to serve alongside burgers or hotdogs. It’s also great all by itself. Plus, it’s a great way to incorporate extra veggies’ into your kids’ meals!
3.) Grapefruit Avocado Salad
I wasn’t quite sure my family would like this exotic salad when I first prepared it, but it debuted to rave reviews! It’s a fun change of pace when you’re looking for something a little fancier. To make the dressing, whisk together ¼ cup olive oil, 2 tablespoons lemon juice, 2 tablespoons orange juice, 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard, 1 garlic clove (minced), ½ teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon pepper. On four salad plates, place lettuce leaves, sections of peeled grapefruit (1/2 grapefruit per plate), red onion rings (1/4 onion per plate), and avocado (1/4 avocado per plate.) Drizzle with the dressing. This recipe serves 4, and is a great accompaniment to roasted poultry. For a variation of this recipe that uses spinach instead, check out this recipe.
4.) Colorful Cauliflower Salad
For a change-of-pace from traditional broccoli salad, try this recipe! In a large bowl, combine 6 cups fresh cauliflower, 3 chopped plum tomatoes, 1 cup thinly sliced green onions, and 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese. Add ½ cup mayonnaise; toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour. Just before serving, sprinkle with ½ cup bacon bits (cooked and crumbled.)
5.) Honey Chicken Salad
For a sweet twist on the traditional chicken salad recipe, try this tasty combination. Combine 2 cups chopped cooked chicken, 3/4 cup diced celery, 1/2 cup sweetened dried cranberries, and 1/4 cup toasted pecans. In another bowl, combine 3/4 cup mayonnaise, 1/8 cup honey, 1/8 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Add to the chicken mixture and stir gently until combined. Garnish with additional toasted pecans if desired.
Kendra Smith is a food blogger who loves trying and creating new recipes.
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