8 Delicious Salad Ideas

Heather and I have been eating a lot of salads lately, even more since she started a Beachbody challenge, and they often turn out surprisingly delicious. So we’ve been taking pictures of all the really good salads we eat and posting them on our Instagram, along with all kinds of other awesome pictures. You should check it out if you haven’t yet! Anyways, since we have so many awesome salad pictures and since they have been so popular on Instagram, I decided to collect some of my favorites and share these 8 Delicious Salad Ideas with you. Hopefully you will have some more inspiration next time you go to make a salad for yourself.


We all know that salads are healthy but most people don’t think of salad as being delicious and filling. But it can be. These ideas that I’m going to share with you were all dinners for Heather and I. As a fairly active, slim young man with a very fast metabolism, I often struggle with meals not sustaining me for very long and needing to eat constantly. Sometimes I worry that a salad just won’t be enough but I can assure you that wasn’t the case with these. I do usually increase the portion size to be a bit more than what I serve Heather. So if you find that a salad wasn’t quite enough for you you can try increasing the size a little bit next time.
This is a good bowl and tong set and your
salads will look great served in it!

The trick with these salads and, well really any food, is to start with high quality fresh ingredients. A little while back I wrote about Full Circle which is our weekly organic produce delivery service and our main source for amazing fresh produce. Check out the post here for more info including our referral code for a discount off your first order. That post is basically the predecessor to this one as it is about how we make all kinds of salads with our Full Circle produce. This ultimately led to the creation of the salad ideas featured here. If you start with good ingredients then your food is bound to be delicious and nutritious. As always, feel free to Chef Around at home and take these ideas and make them your own, using whatever ingredients or dressings you like or want to try!

8 Delicious Salad Ideas

#1 Blackened Salmon with Mango Salsa Salad

This salad was a riff on an idea that Heather found on Pinterest and it was absolutely incredible. I topped some salmon with my Homemade Taco Seasoning and baked it for a blackened salmon flavor. The salad consists of mango, red onion, cherry tomatoes, bell pepper, and parsley tossed in olive oil, lime juice, sea salt, and pepper and served over greens. You can serve the salmon hot and on the side or cold and on top of the salad. Either way will be delicious!

#2 Goat Cheese and Crispy Shallot Salad with herb crusted Pork

This is a variation on one of our all-time favorite salads using what I had on hand at the time. The basic idea for this is to use the crispy shallots that have become one of my favorite salad toppings of all time (And will most likely be a post soon!), creamy goat cheese, some kind of fruit, and some kind of meat. For this salad, I had some kiwi that I diced up and some pork chops that I crusted with herbs and spices and baked. The dressing is a mixture of olive oil, red wine vinegar, orange juice, honey, and thyme.

#3 Full Circle Power Salad

This is the salad featured on my previous post here and is a really easy and well rounded salad. The dressing is pretty much identical to the dressing from the salad above except with apple cider vinegar instead of red wine vinegar and the recipe is included in the link. For toppings this one has hard-boiled egg, avocado, bell pepper, and gruyere cheese. This gives you a great mix of healthy fats and protein to go with your veggies.

#4 BBQ Chicken Salad

This is a great salad with a southwestern feel. I was lazy for this one and didn’t make my own dressing so we used this delicious greek yogurt ranch instead. For the chicken, I just lightly brushed a couple breasts with bbq sauce and baked them. I also roasted and diced some bell pepper, there are some instructions in the post here for roasting peppers. The only other toppings were red onion and cherry tomatoes, cheddar or pepper jack cheese would also be amazing on this salad though!

#5 Salmon and Citrus Salad

As you can see in the picture, this is another salad that we used the greek yogurt ranch dressing for. The salmon is brushed with lemon juice, olive oil, dried oregano, sea salt, and black pepper and baked. The other toppings are segmented oranges, orange bell pepper, and avocado. Segmented oranges are so delicious and great for salads but they do take a bit of time and some knife skills to prepare.

#6 Summer Tri-tip Salad

Tri-tip beef roasts cooked out on the grill are a summer tradition where I grew up. So I have come to love them and equate them with summer time. For this salad, I used some of the leftover meat and thinly sliced it to top the salad. Then I added pepperoni, bell pepper, raspberries, and tomatoes and topped it with some cheddar cheese. The dressing for this salad was a simple vinaigrette made with balsamic vinegar, olive oil, sea salt and black pepper.

#7 Salmon and Crispy Shallot Salad

The crispy shallots return in this simple and healthy salad. This salad is topped with an easy herb seasoned baked salmon filet, amazing crispy shallots, tangerines, and bell peppers. Giving it a nice mix of sweet, tangy, and savory flavors and a good variety of textures. I used the same apple cider vinegar dressing from the Full Circle Power Salad above.

#8 Caprese Salad

Caprese Salad is an old classic and we even wrote a post about it here. It can be served in a number of ways though and in true salad form here it was absolutely amazing. This was one of the most addictive and tasty salads I have ever had and it was surprisingly simple. It’s just fresh mozzarella, fresh basil, and roma tomatoes served over mixed greens. I tossed the greens in olive oil, balsamic vinegar, minced garlic, sea salt and black pepper. That’s it, it’s a simple classic but it was so good that Heather and I both wanted seconds!

6 Comments Add yours

  1. Miz Helen says:

    Thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with us at Full Plate Thursday! Hope you are having a great week and come back to see us real soon.
    Miz Helen

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    1. Hello Berthold,
      Right now, our contact page can be found at https://www.chefingaround.com/p/recipes.html or you can just email us at chefingaroundblog@gmail.com. We look forward to chatting with you!

  3. Melissa says:

    Oh my goodness! These all sound so good! Giving them a try this week.

  4. We love salads and I make them alot, esp. when it gets hot outside. My fave has to be a good caprese! Visiting from Link It Up Wednesday party.

    1. Thanks for visiting Victoria! Caprese salad is definitely one of our favorites and we love to make it all the time! There’s just nothing that beats that fresh mozzarella! Hope you were inspired by these ideas.

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