These tasty and easy green salad recipes are so versatile! They pair with just about any main dish, from pasta to pizza to salmon to chili.

Best green salad recipes

It’s deceptively difficult to find good side salad recipes. Right? Alex and I often want to accessorize our meal with a side salad. But what green salad recipes are the right fit? Browsing for recipes online can take too long; it feels like you’re in a bargain store trying to comb through sweaters to find the just right thing to wear.

So, we’ve decided to take the guess work out for you! We’ve put together a list of our top green salad recipes that make the perfect side salad for just about anything. While the vibe of some of these is stronger than others, most of them will work no matter whether you’re pairing salmon or pizza.

Ready to get to the recipes? (And you’re welcome.)

And now…our best green salad recipes!

More salads

Want a few more salad dressings? Try our How to Make Healthy Salad Dressing. And, here are a few more of our best salad recipes we’d recommend:

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How to make chopped salad

Chopped Green Salad Recipe

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x


This chopped green salad will amaze everyone around the table! Homemade Italian dressing, crunchy veggies and Parmesan cheese combine into one extraordinary side salad.


  • 1 recipe Homemade Italian Dressing
  • 1 Romaine heart (3 cups)
  • 5 cups leafy lettuce
  • 1 large shallot
  • 1 English cucumber (2 cups chopped)
  • ½ cup cherry tomatoes
  • ½ cup ripe green olives, halved
  • ½ cup jarred sliced pepperoncini
  • ¼ cup Parmesan shavings or shreds, plus more to serve
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes, optional


  1. Make the Homemade Italian Dressing.
  2. Chop romaine and lettuce. Thinly slice the shallot. Peel and chop cucumber. Slice tomatoes and olives in half.
  3. Mix together all the ingredients for the salad, including the dressing, and toss to combine. If making in advance, refrigerate the components separately; bring the dressing to room temperature before serving.
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Raw
  • Cuisine: Italian

Keywords: Green Salad Recipes

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Sonja & Alex

Meet Sonja and Alex Overhiser: Husband and wife. Expert home cooks. Authors of recipes you'll want to make again and again.

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  1. I love your collection of green salad. For a salad addict, that’s me, this post lifted my spirits! I would try at least 7 of them! I will start with the spinach and apple! Thanks.

  2. Great.. Something quick that I can grab at midnight without cooking much. As a person who doesn’t regularly eat salads, and who is allergic to all vegetables, this is a great on- the-go meal. thanks

  3. A popular salad recipe in my family includes pepperoncini, and this is one of the first salad recipes I’ve seen including this unpopular vegetable! Pepperoncini is one of my favourite vegetables and I’m thrilled to share it with everyone!