Let’s face it… it’s pretty easy to get into a salad rut. Whether you pack the same bowl of greens every day or stop by the same corner store for a Caesar salad twice a week, the routine can get a little boring, no matter how much you love your go-to bowl.
Luckily, there are tons of ways to switch things up without straying too far from your typical shopping list. Add some pasta, use your salad as a filling for bacon cups, or turn it into a dip. It’ll have you looking at that old wedge in a whole new light. Scroll down for more ways to turn your favorite classics into healthy salad recipes.
You know and love Cobb salad for its hard-boiled eggs, avocado, and bacon, but did you know it tastes just as stellar in dip form? This dish is fun to make for parties and equally as great to have on hand for an afternoon snack. It swaps out croutons for a dip necessity—tortilla chips!
Part of the reason caprese salads are so great is that they’re so easy to make: Layer or stack tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil and you’re pretty much good to go. This recipe is almost as simple, but it throws in freshly cooked asparagus. The bright green stalk will liven up your dinner salad in no time.
Pasta salad, meet Caesar salad. Instead of getting slathered in all of the mayo, like some pasta salads, this recipe gets its creaminess from a DIY Caesar sauce. It brings together plain yogurt with Dijon, lemon juice, garlic, and a sprinkle of Parmesan, and mixes it in with lettuce, chicken, and fusilli pasta. Put this on your summer BBQ list.
How fun are these?! If you’re all about a fresh Greek salad, this sushi recipe gives you a whole new way to enjoy it. The “sushi” is actually rolled up cucumber slices with Greek salad staples like feta and onion inside. We’re not opposed to throwing some olives in there too.
You had us at bacon cups. Don’t worry—they’re actually super simple to pull together and instantly make a boring salad seem waaay more exciting (no offense, Caesar!). The presentation is just so dang cute. Inside, you’ve got the Caesar staples: romaine, Parmesan, and croutons, which we might swap out for sunflower seeds or another nut.
Give a classic wedge salad a Tex-Mex update with a heaping scoop of pico de gallo, bacon, and ground beef seasoned in spices. If you’re eating Paleo, make sure to get an approved taco seasoning and dairy-free ranch (or make your own with blogger’s ranch recipe).
We love a good Cobb, but if we’re not careful, it can turn into a meal that’s way closer to a Big Mac than we’d like. This Asian-style recipe lightens things up, keeping the hard-boiled eggs and avocado and adding in mandarin oranges, shredded carrots, and shredded chicken in place of bacon and cheese.