14 Salad Recipes That Are Anything But Boring

Celebrate the new season by making one of these quick and healthy salads that are packed with nutrients and plenty of flavour.

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recipe lentil hummus salad
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Hearty Lentil & Hummus Salad

Creamy chickpea hummus, flame-licked vegetables and punchy herbs help turn this into a dinner-worthy salad that you’ll actually be excited to eat.

Get the salad recipe: Lentil Hummus Salad

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Beet, Cherry & Lentil Salad

Lentils, like all pulses, are an inexpensive and easy way to fill your belly any day of the week, and they could not be simpler to cook. Not to mention, unlike so many other superfoods, cooking those tiny legumes actually helps enhance the absorption of calcium, iron and zinc.

Get the salad recipe: Beet, Cherry & Lentil Salad

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Buttery Avocado & Cucumber Salad

The perfect no-lettuce salad for any time of the year.

Get the salad recipe: Miso, Cucumber, Avocado, & Toasted Sesame Salad

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Cauliflower Couscous Salad
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Brown Butter & Orange Cauli-Couscous Salad

Butter transforms humdrum couscous and its doppelgänger, cauli-couscous, into an tasteful side with jewel-like beets, juicy oranges and tangy goat cheese.

Get the recipe: Brown Butter & Orange Cauli-Couscous Salad

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Ontario Nectarine Salad with Minted Chili Dressing

A variety of garden greens makes this salad interesting both in texture and colour. When mixed with fresh nectarines and finished with a zesty dressing, it comes alive and tickles the senses.

Get the salad recipe: Ontario Nectarine Salad with Minted Chili Dressing

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Grilled Asian Salad

This simple salad requires very little cooking time on the grill, as the vegetables have great flavour and texture.

Get the salad recipe: Grilled Asian Salad

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Melissa Greer

Roasted Squash & Lentils

Make your salad a meal to remember with ingredients that will fuel you all afternoon long.

Get the salad recipe: Roasted Squash & Lentils

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New Potato Salad

A new potato salad with a creamy dressing is always a winner, and the version here, with cucumber, green onions and fresh herbs, is sure to become a firm favourite. Potatoes are full of goodness, particularly if the skins are left on.

Get the recipe: New Potato Salad

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Melissa Greer

Sunchoke, Brussels Sprouts and Pear Salad with Crispy Kasha

With about 100 calories per cup and an impressive amount of iron, sunchokes are a low-calorie swap for potatoes or root vegetables. Most impressively, they’re one of the top sources of inulin fibre, a unique prebiotic that helps feed and nourish our healthy gut bacteria.

Get the salad recipe: Sunchoke, Brussels Sprouts and Pear Salad with Crispy Kasha

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Fig and Prosciutto Salad with Orange Vinaigrette

This salad goes perfectly with buttered hazelnut or walnut bread.

Get the salad recipe: Fig and Prosciutto Salad with Orange Vinaigrette

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Indonesian Rainbow Salad With Chicken And Peanut Dressing

Eating a rainbow of veggies has never been so good. Enter our Indonesian rainbow salad. The chicken is satisfying and the peanut dressing is indulgent.

Get the salad recipe: Indonesian Rainbow Salad With Chicken And Peanut Dressing

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Avocado Salad With Lemon-Herb Shrimp

Tiny salad shrimp from the Gulf of St. Lawrence are wonderful in salads. They are widely available and, since they come cooked, are very convenient. If you’re on the West Coast, use cooked BC spot prawns instead.

Get the salad recipe: Avocado Salad with Lemon-Herb Shrimp

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Salade Niçoise With Hot-Smoked Trout

Cooked and lightly smoked, hot-smoked fish is a delicious way to eat Ontario-raised trout. It flakes beautifully and works well in this classic French dish. If you can’t find trout, use any hot-smoked fish.

Get the salad recipe: Salade Niçoise With Hot-Smoked Trout

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Lentil-Spinach Salad With Feta and Grapes

Canada produces most of the world’s lentils. They are so versatile and take well to all kinds of flavours—especially vinegar—which makes them a perfect addition to any salad.

Get the salad recipe: Lentil-Spinach Salad With Feta and Grapes

Next, check out our best recipes for energy bites, balls, and bars.

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