My 10 Must-Have Salads

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October 3, 2022
Carole Jones
Are you enjoying the endless supply of holiday treats as much as I am?  They are everywhere I look right now and I LOVE IT!!  Personally, I am only half way done with my own holiday baking so there are still some of my favorite treats yet on the horizon.  Score!  If you need a few new killer Christmas cookies to add to your supply, don’t miss My 10 Must-Have Christmas Cookie post.  I guarantee each and every one of those decadent treats will become a family favorite!
Now, I hate to be the bearer of bad, yet obvious, news but in just a few more days, we are going to be working really hard to work off all those extra holiday treats.  I know, I know.  You hate me right now for reminding you, but stay with me just a minute longer.  I come bearing these 10 outstanding salad recipes that will make you love me again.  I think you will agree that if we all have to eat salads, shouldn’t they taste dang fantastic?!?
Thai Chicken Salad with Spicy peanut sauce

1.  Thai Chicken Salad with Spicy Peanut Sauce – this is the salad to end all salads.  If you only try one, it has to be this one!

Cranberry pecan chicken salad
2.  Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad – this is my copy cat version of the same salad at TGIFridays.  (Don’t tell them, but I like mine better!)
Avocado Chicken and bacon pasta salad
 3.  Avocado Chicken and Bacon Pasta Salad – This is the only pasta salad I make anymore because all others were such a let-down.  Make it with whole grain pasta and it is healthy heaven!
Southwestern Bean Barley salad
4.  Southwestern Bean, Barley and Jicama Salad– I adore this salad because southwestern flavors are my favorite and this one is packed with them.  Nothing boring here!
strawberry spinach salad with grilled chicken and poppyseed dressing
5.  Strawberry Spinach Salad with Grilled Chicken –  This spinach salad has a sweet poppyseed dressing that pairs perfectly with the fruit and salty almonds!
Roasted Chicken Salad
6.  Roasted Chicken Salad – If you don’t think you like chicken salad, you must try this one and I will convert you over to the delicious side of chicken salad.  Big chunks of moist, slow roasted chicken makes this stellar!
chicken avocado pear salad
7.  Chicken Avocado and Pear Salad – I was a bit skeptical the first time I made this salad, but it is a regular on my menu rotation.  It is so delicious!
Thai cole slaw
8.  Thai Cole Slaw – I love any cole slaw but sometime I get tired of the heavy mayo based dressings so this is my new favorite.  Sweet, sour, salty and spicy!
homemade garlic balsamic vinaigrette

9.  Garlic Balsamic Vinaigrette – I know, this isn’t a “salad” but I would be doing you a massive injustice if I didn’t include this dressing recipe.  It will take any boring old salad and make it outstanding!

10.  Broccoli and Cauliflower Salad – My sweet hubby of 21 years might divorce me if I didn’t include his favorite salad in this collection.  I love it as well, but he love loves it.

My 10 favorite salads

Carole Jones

Carole Jones is an Arizona-based cookbook author & food blogger. She's authored The 30 Minute Cooking From Frozen Cookbook and the self-published Take 5: Chicken e-cookbook. For the past 15 years, Carole has shared her culinary adventures cooking and baking for her six brutally honest children here on My Kitchen Escapades. Hot, crusty bread is Carole's love language, but her two adorable grandchildren are a close second. Yes, second. Don't judge.

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MCS Gal
10 years ago

These salads look great. A nice change from all the sweets.

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