Salad Ideas Meal Plan

This salad ideas meal plan is colorful salad inspiration to help you eat the rainbow this week! There is so much amazing available produce available this time of year in California, and hopefully where you live too! This meal plan takes advantage of Brussels, pomegranates, apples, citrus, avocado, beets, grapes and strawberries. I hope you enjoy any or all of these salads and have a fantastic week eating the rainbow! Click here for this week’s grocery printable! Click here for grocery shopping printable.


Salad Ideas Meal Plan

Chopped Brussels Sprout with Shallot Viniagrette

Chopped Brussels Sprouts Salad with Creamy Shallot Vinaigrette from Pinch of Yum

Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 15 minutes Total Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients: brussels sprouts, bacon, pomegranate, almonds, pecorino romano cheese, shallot, orange, lemon, salt, honey, greek yogurt, oil, water.

I weirdly love salads with brussels sprouts as their base… it is better than it sounds, I promise! Plus, there is bacon in it so you’re welcome. If you are loving Brussels sprouts this season, you might want to check out more Brussels recipes here.

Salad with Cara Cara Oranges, Avocado and Feta

Cara Cara Orange, Avocado and Feta Salad from Not Without Salt

Prep Time: 10 minutes Total Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients: cara cara oranges, romaine lettuce, endive (optional),

cara cara oranges are so amazing in general and are delicious in this salad! If you can’t find cara cara oranges any orange variety can work (I’m in love with satsuma mandarins this season, too). The combo of citrus and avocado is amazeballs.

best chopped salad

Best Chopped Salad from Cup of Jo

Prep Time: 15 minutes Total Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients: romaine, strawberries, avocados, gorgonzola, walnuts, cooked chicken, cooked bacon, apples, red onion, grapes, oranges, lemon, garlic, olive oil, red wine vinegar, honey, dijon, sea salt.

I think this may be one of my favorite salads of all time and I make it every year. If you can’t find strawberries in season where you life then just leaves those out and the salad is still amazing!

Cheddar Apple Winter Salad

Cheddar Apple Winter Salad with Balsamic Feta Vinaigrette from Bake Your Day

Prep Time: 15 minutes Total Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients feta, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, black pepper, onion powder, garlic salt, mixed greens, granny smith apples, dried cranberries, golden raisins, sharp white cheddar cheese, toasted walnuts.

I have loved the combo of cheddar and apples ever since my best friend introduced me to eating apple sauce on the side of macaroni and cheese as a kit. I prefer all cranberries and no raisins and like candied walnuts in this salad.

Goat Cheese, Asian Pear and Beet Salad

Goat Cheese, Pear & Beet Salad with Honey Vinaigrette from Joyful Healthy Eats

Prep Time: 15 minutes Total Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients: spring mix, beets, goat cheese, pecans, Asian pear, mustard, vinegar, olive oil, dried basil, honey, salt and pepper.

I’m personally a beet lover so I love this type of salad. You can use an asian pear or regular pear. I prefer white balsamic vinegar and regular dijon mustard. If you love beets you might like these beet recipes too.


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  1. These all look SO good, but that first brussel sprout one is seriously calling my name!

  2. Now this is a meal plan we could get behind. My husband only eats salads every day for lunch, no matter what.

    • Wow, I wish I liked salads as much as your husband, that’s awesome! I’m trying to get my husband and I on a similar diet!

  3. Hi there this is a great post. I love salads and I am always looking for great ways to spruce them up or try new and exciting ones. Will be sharing and linking you as part of my series on quick but tasty healthy meals

  4. These salads all look beautiful, delicious, and filling too! I especially love the first salad. Brussels sprouts + bacon is always a winning combo in my book! 🙂

    • Thanks, Marylnn. I agree, brussels sprouts and bacon is so delicious together! I’m hoping to make a pasta with that combo soon.

  5. All of these look fantastic and I am a total salad snob! Great job!

  6. A great and balanced meal plan perfect for the season! Thank you for this!!!

  7. I always welcome new salad ideas! 🙂 Love the cheddar with the apple. Yum!

  8. We eat salads all year round, so we are always looking for some new options. These all look delicious.

  9. Totally pinned this to my salads board. I always need more ideas for salad options!

  10. Such a great list of salad ideas!

  11. This is such an awesome list. When it comes to salad I have the hardest time putting them together haha! I love that this list has such a wide range of different types of salads! 🙂 Now I’ll never be bored with my salads! 😀

    • Thanks Joyce! I have struggled with making salads too- that’s why I am always looking for and sharing salad inspiration!

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