April 22, 2014

12 Must-Try Fresh, Colorful Salads

If you've been here before, you may have figured out I love salads. What you probably don't know is that I really, really love salads. Really. I'm way happier eating a salad for "dessert" than actual dessert. Sounds crazy, right? I can't explain it, but that's how I've always been. There's something about a big bowl of beautiful veggies I just can't resist. Since it's been such a long winter, I wanted to celebrate the weather finally getting warm enough to break out the flip-flops. (Woo!) So here's a collection of 12 healthy salad recipes to refresh and replenish you this summer. There's something for everyone, with a wide variety of chopped salads, beans salads, quinoa salads, etc. Many can even be used as a main dish. They're vegan and gluten-free, and have simple, homemade dressings for an even bigger flavor burst. Happy (almost) summer peeps! Get out and enjoy that sunshine... with a little veggie rainbow on the side ;)

1. Southwestern Chopped Salad with Creamy Cilantro-Lime Dressing

3. Cucumber Salad with tangy white wine vinegar dressing

4. Quinoa Vegetable Salad with Lemon-Basil Dressing

6. Ultimate Greek Chopped Salad

7. Rainbow Chopped Salad with Avocado Basil Dressing

8. Southwestern Black Bean Salad with Citrus Dressing

9. Quinoa Avocado Spinach Power Salad

10. Strawberry Spinach Salad with Tomato Balsamic Vinaigrette

11. Chickpea Salad

12. Balsamic Green Bean Salad (omit feta for vegan)

Plus a few more recipes I posted after this was round-up was published! :)
Blueberry-Basil Dressing on Spinach Salad
BBQ Chickpea Chopped Salad with Avocado Ranch
Wild Rice Spinach Salad with Lemon-Basil Dressing
Fiesta Bean Salad
Lentil Salad with Capers and Balsamic-Dijon Dressing

Come join me on Instagram! I love to see what you guys are cooking up! :)


  1. your salads are always so beautiful!

  2. I just found your blog on Pinterest. These salads look so yummy! I make a variation of the Quinoa Avocado salad without the dressing and with lemon instead of dressing. I'm looking forward to trying this one and several of your other salad recipes soon.

    1. Hi Pam! Thanks so much for the sweet comments - I love hearing people excited about the recipes. Your quinoa avocado salad sounds awesome with some lemon juice!! Simple, flavorful meals are the BEST! Hope you enjoy the salads you try!

  3. MMMM....these look amazing! Cannot wait to try some.

    1. Hi Jen! Thanks so much! Hope you enjoy. Thanks for stopping by :)

  4. 2 Must-Try Fresh, Colorful Salads

    Salads look gorgeous but are missing the number of servings! I need to make enough for 10 adults attending a birthday picnic.

    1. Hi BB - which ones were you interested in finding out the serving sizes for? Let me know and hopefully I can give you some guidance! :)

  5. Oh my goodness, Kaitlin! Your blog is incredible. Thank you so much for taking the time to make these gorgeous recipes and pictures. You are awesome!

    1. Aww what a sweet message - thanks so much! It makes my day to hear people enjoying the site :) Hope you find some recipes you love. Wishing you a happy new year!!


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