Lisa-Kristin Erdt

Editor at Kitchen Stories

When you think ‘salad’—you might be thinking of a leafy, healthy-ish dish brought together by a simple vinaigrette and some choice add-ins like nuts, cheese, or herbs. But, salads, luckily, have many guises: They can range from a fresh and easy leafy combo to a gathering-ready potato salad, they might be vegetable-forward vehicles for fun ingredients like caramelized pear or burrata, all the way over to the more dessert-y, novelty fruit salad served in a pineapple.

To make sure you’re not pigeon-holing salads, here are 50 slightly different variations to get you thinking outside the box—and put the image of salads as a bland, boring side to rest.

Of course, you don't have to choose between the many possibilities in the list below. Feel free to take inspiration and mix and match the elements you like best—just don’t forget to share your takes on the recipes in the comments below!

Fruit salad in a pineapple

Fruit salad in a pineapple

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German cabbage slaw with caraway

German cabbage slaw with caraway

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Fall salad with mustard dressing

Fall salad with mustard dressing

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German radish and pretzel salad

German radish and pretzel salad

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American potato salad

American potato salad

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Kohlrabi salad with crème fraîche dressing and croutons

Kohlrabi salad with crème fraîche dressing and croutons

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Fennel, arugula, and apple salad

Fennel, arugula, and apple salad

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Asian vegetable salad

Asian vegetable salad

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Light strawberry and asparagus salad

Light strawberry and asparagus salad

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Kale salad with spicy chickpeas

Kale salad with spicy chickpeas

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Shaved asparagus salad with honey vinaigrette

Shaved asparagus salad with honey vinaigrette

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Salad in a jar

Salad in a jar

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Classic Waldorf salad

Classic Waldorf salad

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Fattoush (Middle Eastern bread salad)

Fattoush (Middle Eastern bread salad)

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Heirloom tomato and mozzarella salad

Heirloom tomato and mozzarella salad

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Grilled watermelon salad with peach

Grilled watermelon salad with peach

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Tomato salad with basil vinaigrette

Tomato salad with basil vinaigrette

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Smashed cucumber salad

Smashed cucumber salad

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Creamy potato salad with mayonnaise

Creamy potato salad with mayonnaise

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Mango-avocado salad with lime dressing

Mango-avocado salad with lime dressing

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Russian salad

Russian salad

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Panzanella salad, dressed 3 ways

Panzanella salad, dressed 3 ways

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Napa cabbage salad with ramen noodles

Napa cabbage salad with ramen noodles

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Summer salad with blue cheese dressing

Summer salad with blue cheese dressing

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Zoodle salad with tahini dressing

Zoodle salad with tahini dressing

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Energy salad

Energy salad

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Mixed salad with balsamic honey mustard dressing

Mixed salad with balsamic honey mustard dressing

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Cobb salad

Cobb salad

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Kumquat and roasted Brussels sprout salad with avocado dressing

Kumquat and roasted Brussels sprout salad with avocado dressing

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Creamy kohlrabi, orange, and radicchio salad

Creamy kohlrabi, orange, and radicchio salad

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Green salad bowl with avocado dressing

Green salad bowl with avocado dressing

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Caramelized pear, radicchio, and blue cheese salad

Caramelized pear, radicchio, and blue cheese salad

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Mixed salad with white balsamic honey mustard dressing

Mixed salad with white balsamic honey mustard dressing

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Roasted sweet potato salad with hazelnuts, persimmon, and burrata

Roasted sweet potato salad with hazelnuts, persimmon, and burrata

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Caesar salad

Caesar salad

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Layered quinoa salad with sweet potato and feta cheese

Layered quinoa salad with sweet potato and feta cheese

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Quinoa salad with beetroot, sweet potatoes, and miso dressing

Quinoa salad with beetroot, sweet potatoes, and miso dressing

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Salad bowl with summer rolls, spicy tofu, parsnips, and orange

Salad bowl with summer rolls, spicy tofu, parsnips, and orange

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Superfood salad

Superfood salad

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Green salad with strawberry-mustard dressing

Green salad with strawberry-mustard dressing

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Herring salad

Herring salad

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Marinated shrimp and vegetable salad

Marinated shrimp and vegetable salad

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Niçoise salad with red mullet

Niçoise salad with red mullet

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Asparagus salad with lemon mustard dressing

Asparagus salad with lemon mustard dressing

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Pan-fried steak salad with Caesar dressing

Pan-fried steak salad with Caesar dressing

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Shrimp-stuffed lettuce wraps with yogurt sauce

Shrimp-stuffed lettuce wraps with yogurt sauce

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French potato and green bean salad

French potato and green bean salad

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