Healthy Cooking Salad Recipes

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Apple Fennel Salad

My wife has never been a big fan of fennel, but it's always been a favorite of mine. I was able to successfully sneak it into this salad, and ever since she has given me the green light on dishes with fennel. If you can't find preserved lemon, simply omit it from the recipe. — Jason Purkey, Ocean City, Maryland
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Brown Rice Salad

Brown Rice Salad

Brown Rice Salad

Bottled salad dressing gives just the right amount of punch to this cold rice and bean salad that's perfect for warm summer picnics. —Rosemarie Bush of Bangor, Pennsylvania

Simple Italian Salad

Simple Italian Salad

Simple Italian Salad

Homemade croutons star in this easy Italian salad, filled with grape tomatoes, olives and pepperoncinis. "I like to serve it with fresh Italian or focaccia bread," Nancy Granaman suggests from Burlington, Iowa.

Citrus-Marmalade Vinaigrette

Citrus-Marmalade Vinaigrette

Citrus-Marmalade Vinaigrette

Add this fresh-tasting splash of citrus to a wide variety of salad mixings. —Sarah C. Vasques, Milford, New Hampshire

Nectarine Arugula Salad

Nectarine Arugula Salad

Nectarine Arugula Salad

"Here’s a summer salad that brightens any supper," promises Arlington, Virginia’s Christine Laba. Her homemade dressing with a hint of berries is perfect with arugula, nectarines and blue cheese.

Dijon Four-Bean Salad

Dijon Four-Bean Salad

Dijon Four-Bean Salad

Karen Riordan of Fern Creek, Kentucky dresses up traditional bean salad with a tangy Dijon mustard vinaigrette. "I'm a busy home-schooling mom, so I love how easy this colorful side dish is to prepare," Karen says. It's also perfect for picnics or potlucks.

Shrimp Spinach Salad

Shrimp Spinach Salad

Shrimp Spinach Salad

Shrimp and garlic are sauteed in butter then set atop a bed of spinach. Almonds, tomatoes and a squeeze of lemon finish off this beauty. Perfecto! Jamie Larson — Dodge Center, Minnesota

Cranberry Blue Cheese Salad

Cranberry Blue Cheese Salad

Cranberry Blue Cheese Salad

For a light, refreshing first course, Lori McLaughlin of Pittsford, New York turns to this fruity salad. Sweet apple, dried cranberries, blue cheese and a vinaigrette dressing give it a subtle punch of flavor.

Carrot Apple Salad

Carrot Apple Salad

Carrot Apple Salad

Deciding to start eating healthy, I took a classic carrot and raisin salad recipe and lightened it up, then added apples for extra flavor. I took this dish to a weight-loss group meeting...and they loved it! —Kim Jones of Collinsville, Illinois

Curried Broccoli Salad

Curried Broccoli Salad

Curried Broccoli Salad

We love this salad's crunch and color. It has the right combination of spices and a hint of sweetness from coconut and dried cranberries. This is one of our favorite end-of-garden recipes. -Nancy Fleming of Rainier, Washington

Cottage Cheese Cantaloupe Salad

Cottage Cheese Cantaloupe Salad

Cottage Cheese Cantaloupe Salad

You can easily wedge this pretty melon salad into any meal plan. Margaret Wagner Allen of Abingdon, Virginia shares the recipe for this refreshing side that's perfect for a light luncheon. For variety, she suggests drizzling a little reduced-fat French salad dressing over the sweet combination of cantaloupe, cottage cheese, granola, raisins and nuts.

Israeli Pepper Tomato Salad

Israeli Pepper Tomato Salad

Israeli Pepper Tomato Salad

"This Israeli salad, which is traditionally eaten at breakfast, lends itself to endless variety...you can add foods like olives, beets or potatoes," says Sandy Long of Lees Summit, Missouri
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