22 Salads for When You’re Too Tired to Cook but Still Trying to Be Healthy

Salad is no longer the feared, bland side dish you were forced to eat. These days, it is delicious, nutritious, and, dare I say, crave-worthy. These salads for when you’re too tired to cook are a lifesaver when you really can’t face turning on the oven for dinner.

Avocado Tuna Salad

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The fun thing about this salad is ditching the mayo and using creamy avocado instead. It is super easy, delicious, and a fun twist on an old-school classic. Get the recipe: Avocado Tuna Salad

Mango Salad

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This is an easy, fresh, and delicious mango salad recipe with a flavorful homemade dressing. Vegetables and fruit mingle for a flavor that is uniquely delicious. Get the recipe: Mango Salad

Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad

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This tasty recipe hits all the right spots. Creamy, sweet, crunchy, and super tasty, this chicken salad is an all-time fave. Get the recipe: Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad

Apple Gorgonzola Salad

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This Apple Gorgonzola Salad recipe combines mixed greens, green apples, gorgonzola cheese, and candied pecans with a wonderful champagne vinaigrette. Get the recipe: Apple Gorgonzola Salad

Cowboy Caviar Salad

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Spin the Texas caviar dip into a really yummy salad by adding rice. It features the most delicious chili maple dressing. Get the recipe: Cowboy Caviar Salad

Cucumber Chickpea Salad

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Cucumbers and chickpeas are a fantastic salad combination. Add a little red onion and feta cheese to give a little burst of flavor in every bite, and you have a salad for all occasions. Get the recipe: Cucumber Chickpea Salad

Strawberry Salad

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This summer strawberry salad is bursting with freshness from strawberries, tomatoes, basil and easy balsamic glaze. The sweetness in the juicy strawberries pairs perfectly with the greens and balsamic glaze! Top with edible flowers for a gorgeous summer plate. Get the recipe: Strawberry Salad

Lemon Basil Chicken Salad

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Such a fresh and flavorful way to use your bounty of fresh basil. This salad features fresh lemon and tender chicken, and it totally eats like a meal. Get the recipe: Lemon Basil Chicken Salad

Authentic Greek Salad

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A simple salad loaded with fresh ingredients and a pop of flavor. This Authentic Greek Salad pairs juicy tomatoes, crisp cucumbers, and savory feta cheese and rolls it into a delicious salad right out of Greece. Get the recipe: Authentic Greek Salad

Coronation Chicken Salad

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Originally served to the Queen, this flavorful chicken salad lets you eat like the royals. With its golden dressing with balanced flavors of creamy mayo, sweet preserves, and spicy curry, you will be feeling like a true aristocrat. Get the recipe: Coronation Chicken Salad

Watermelon Salad with Basil

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Watermelon Salad with Basil is filled with crunchy fruit and vegetables, fresh herbs, and delicious balsamic dressing. It’s the perfect way to change up how you eat salads.  Get the recipe: Watermelon Salad with Basil

Crunchy Detox Salad

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Tons of crisp veggies dressed in a spicy avocado sauce and mixed with sweet dates and crunchy seeds. It is a great way to kickstart a healthy eating program.Get the recipe: Crunchy Detox Salad

Dairy Free Cobb Salad

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Refreshing crunchy bursts with a savory dressing, this dairy-free cobb salad makes a tasty lunch or light dinner. This salad will win over everyone at the table, made with juicy cherry tomatoes, crisp romaine lettuce, and tangy dressing. Get the recipe: Dairy Free Cobb Salad

Chicken Taco Salad

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A quick and easy dinner salad, this recipe features chicken tenders cooked in a sauce of ranch and salsa. Enjoy with fresh greens and your favorite taco toppings. Get the recipe: Chicken Taco Salad

Southern Dill Chicken Salad

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Southern Dill Chicken Salad is a fresh burst of a high-protein experience. Made with Dill pickles, cooked, shredded chicken breast, eggs, and lots more. Your tastebuds will thank you for this delicious Southern fare. Get the recipe: Southern Dill Chicken Salad

Trail Mix Salad

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Featuring all of the things you love about trail mix – dried fruit and nuts – and spin it into a delicious salad with rice and a fresh lemony dressing. Delicious taste and texture. Get the recipe: Fruit and Nut Salad

Kung Pao Chicken Salad

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This simple salad has a ton of flavor. Enjoy the kung pao flavor you enjoy from takeout in a salad form at home! Get the recipe: Kung Pao Chicken Salad

Cilantro Three Bean Salad

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Ideal for summer meal prep, this salad tastes better and better. You cannot get enough of protein-packed beans, crunchy veggies, and a cilantro salsa dressing. Get the recipe: Cilantro Three Bean Salad

Bell Pepper Salad

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Bell Pepper Salad is crunchy, fresh and herbaceous with a bright, red wine vinaigrette dressing. It’s easy, gluten-free, and the perfect complement to your favorite main dishes. Get the recipe: Bell Pepper Salad

Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad

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So much texture and fresh flavor. This quinoa tabbouleh salad is a delicious side dish for BBQs and potlucks and a lovely light lunch or dinner. Get the recipe: Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad

Curry Chicken Salad

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Rich and creamy with hints of sweetness and spice. This curry chicken salad is packed with flavor. Get the recipe: Curry Chicken Salad

Taco Salad with Ground Beef

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Easy to make, this family fave is ready in under thirty minutes—no need to get takeout when this copycat is so much fresher and healthier. Customize with your favorite toppings. Get the recipe: Taco Salad with Ground Beef

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