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How to Add Flavor to Your Yummy Salad Recipes

Updated on January 15, 2014

Salad Ideas

Looking for some good salad recipes to add some additional flavor to your favorites? I have some here for some of the most common and popular salads including green, macaroni, tuna and potato.

I love to try out new things, so I do a lot of experimenting in the kitchen. What I have listed here are some of my family's favorites. If you have any tips to share, be sure to let me know in the comment box at the end.

It's amazing how adding an extra ingredient can really add some wonderful, additional flavor.

Image by dimnikilov at Flickr through Creative Commons licensing.

Simple Tuna Salad
Simple Tuna Salad

One of my kids loves tuna, but doesn't care much for mayonnaise. Here's a bit of an alternative which uses malt vinegar. Besides cutting down on the mayonnaise flavor, it also adds a bit of a tang to the tuna.

Image by mary_thompson at Flickr through Creative Commons licensing.

Cook Time

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 five ounce can of tuna in water
  • !/2 of one piece of green onion
  • 1 tbsp. of mayoannaise
  • 2 tsp. of malt vinegar
  • 1/2 half of one stalk of celery

Instructions

  1. Open the can of tuna and drain the water. Dice up the green onion and celery. Mix all ingredients together, then let chill in the refrigerator until cool.
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Good Macaroni Salad

Good Macaroni Salad
Good Macaroni Salad

Most people have their own basic macaroni salad recipe that they work with. It usually involves the cooked macaroni, some kind of onion, (in my case green onions,) celery and mayonnaise, with some variations being green pepper, chopped boiled eggs, pimentos, etc.

If you want to add a flavor boost, try substituting part of the mayonnaise with Ranch dressing. I personally use Hidden Valley and make my salad with 1/4 Ranch and 3/4 mayonnaise. If you would like to add some protein, cut up some slices of salami and toss them in. Salami also gives a good flavor boost.

Macaroni salad image by stu_spivack at Flickr through Creative Commons licensing.

Salad Spinner

OXO Good Grips Little Salad & Herb Spinner
OXO Good Grips Little Salad & Herb Spinner

If you're a fan of green salad, then you should have a good salad spinner. Rather than tell you how much I like this one, I'll tell you that at the time of writing this, 750 Amazon customers have rated it 5 stars.

 

Cranberry Salad Recipe

Cranberry Salad Recipe
Cranberry Salad Recipe

I used to think of cranberries as something you served at Thanksgiving or Christmas until I was recently at my in-laws house and tasted a delightful salad they made.

They took some salad greens and added some, (thawed,) frozen cranberries. The cranberries gave a nice sweet flavor to the salad. In fact, this is a great salad combination for people who want to add flavor to their salad without using salad dressing.

A variation of this is to also add some fresh sliced strawberries..

Cranberries image by Half Chinese at Flickr through Creative Commons licensing.

Recipes for Caesar Salad
Recipes for Caesar Salad

Recipes for Caesar Salad

Caesar Salad is a particular favorite in my house. Depending on my time, I either make homemade dressing or use Kraft Classic Caesar dressing.

The most popular versions of this salad are as is, or with cooked chicken. You can shake things up a bit by adding shrimp. I use the small, previously frozen shrimp as all I have to do is thaw it, drain the water from the shrimp and add it to the salad.

Another variation is to add some imitation crab meat. Of course, you can add both to turn this into a seafood Caesar Salad.

Here's a very simple Caesar Salad dressing recipe that is easy to prepare and tastes great.

Cook Time

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 head of Romaine lettuce
  • 1 cup of mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp. of crushed garlic
  • 1 tbsp. of lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. of Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp of milk
  • 1/2 cup of grated Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Caesar Salad croutons

Instructions

  1. Rinse and dry the lettuce. Chop it up. In a bowl, mix all ingredients for the salad, excluding the croutons and Parmesan cheese. Add those on top once the salad and dressing are tossed.

Salad Side Dishes

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Potato Salad with Bacon

Potato Salad with Bacon
Potato Salad with Bacon

Most likely, if you're reading this, you already have a favorite potato salad recipe. Want to jazz it up? Try adding some bacon to it.

I'm not real good at cooking bacon, so I buy Oscar Meyer fully cooked bacon. All you have to do is to heat it up in the microwave. From personal experience I have found it is better to heat the bacon up a little more than the package indicates, then have some paper towels on hand to soak up any of the grease.

Salad image by arnold inuyaki at Flickr through Creative Commons licensing.

Salad Cookbook

Salad of the Day (Williams-Sonoma): 365 Recipes for Every Day of the Year
Salad of the Day (Williams-Sonoma): 365 Recipes for Every Day of the Year

What's great about this book is that it has such a variety of salad recipes to choose from. It covers from light side salads to salads that will work for a meal. It's got something new for every day of the year.

 

What are your salad tips?

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      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      You definitely add some savory interesting flavor elements.

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      WriterJanis2 3 years ago

      @DeborahDian: Sounds very flavorful.

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      WriterJanis2 3 years ago

      @TolovajWordsmith: I agree!

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      Deborah Carr 3 years ago from Orange County, California

      I love to add all types of things to my salad ... fruit, nuts, seeds, etc.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      Always go for extra flavor!

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @takkhisa: I hope she likes it.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @Leonieaff: What an interesting idea.

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      Takkhis 4 years ago

      Thanks for sharing these salad recipes. I need to print this page and deliver it to my mom :)

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      Leonieaff 4 years ago

      You know 2-minute noodles? Cook 'em up with no flavouring and sprinkle on top of any leavy salad - looks delicious!

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @ryanagv: Bacon tastes so good!

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @PonyChitChat: Let me know if you try it.

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      Rose Jones 4 years ago

      Wow - these are truly crowd pleasers - great salads that everyone should have in their repertoire. I would add the layered salad that is so popular to this list.

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      Rose Jones 4 years ago

      Wow - these are truly crowd pleasers - great salads that everyone should have in their repertoire. I would add the layered salad that is so popular to this list.

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      ryanagv 4 years ago

      Everything with bacon is great. Already showed my wife these. Thanks for sharing.

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      cdhops 4 years ago

      Potato salad and bacon. Yummy. I hope inspire more people to enjoy salads

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      PonyChitChat 4 years ago

      The potato salad and bacon looks very very tasty :-)

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @othellos: Glad you enjoyed it.

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      othellos 4 years ago

      Very useful lens for summer time. Your recipes have this extra touch that lift up a plain salad dish. Tasteful report indeed:=)

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @Ardyn25: It's been so hot here, too. We've also been having lots of salads.

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      Ardyn25 4 years ago

      Its been so hot here we've been eating a lot of salads for meals. Thanks for some good ideas!

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @davery77: You should give it a try.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @davery77: You should give it a try.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @HappyTom LM: I'm glad you stopped by.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @DANCING COWGIRL: That's interesting. I'll have to look into that.

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      davery77 4 years ago

      The potato salad looks really tasty. I've had lots of potato salad before but never with bacon.

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      Tom Christen 4 years ago from Switzerland/Ecuador

      This Macaroni salad looks just so delicious... great lens, thank you for sharing...

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      Dancing Cowgirl Design 4 years ago from Texas

      They all sound yummy!!! I have also been seeing a lot of variation on macaroni and cheese lately. That's really my favorite.