On a balmy summer's day, a salad tastes its best. Make sure your salads are far from boring by following one of the recipes below.


Using chicken as the focus of your salad will help to make it both filling and wholesome. 

Walnuts and black grapes will give life to your lettuce leaves when you follow Delia Smith's Chicken Waldorf Salad recipe, while this Chicken Caeser salad recipe from the Hairy Bikers uses light ingredients but without compromising on taste.

This Sweet Chilli Chicken Salad recipe from Tesco will add a kick to your lunch, or for an evening meal, make this Warm Chicken & Avocado Salad.


Some of the most classic salad dishes don't need meat to deliver on taste. 

A classic Greek Salad, with its delicious black olives and feta cheese, is hard to beat - Nigella Lawson advocates steeping the onions in her Greek Salad recipe and Rick Stein advocates using oregano in his recipe, while The Guardian dedicated an entire article to the various components of the dish.

Another winning dish is the Mozzarella and Tomato salad, also known as a Caprese Salad. This dish only requires three ingredients - tomatoes, mozzarella and fresh basil - so make sure to use quality ingredients for the best flavours.

Finish with olive oil, ground black pepper and balsamic vinegar, to taste. 


Tuna nicoise is probably the first salad which springs to mind, but why not try a twist on this idea with Jamie Oliver's Salmon Nicoise?

Prawns might make you think of a retro prawn cocktail, but try this Spinach, Avocado & Prawn Salad or Prawn and Mango Salad - both featuring lime juice and chilli, they each deliver just the right amount of kick.


Pasta will help keep you full, particularly if you use wholewheat.

This Sicilian Pasta Salad features just six ingredients, while this Deli Pasta Salad features prosciutto or salami with tasty sundried tomatoes.

This pasta salad will work well as a side dish to a main meal.


The NHS recommends beans as a cheap, low-fat source of protein, fibre, vitamins and minerals, and they count towards your five-a-day.

So try a bean salad for a change - this recipe features cannellini, kidney and garbanzo beans, while this recipe marries up prawns and cannellini beans.

Alternatively, use black beans for this chimichurri salad.