ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

5 Easy Salad Meal Ideas

Updated on September 3, 2019
ramonabeckbritman profile image

I'm Ramona. I have been cooking for over 20 years. Sometimes I like to make and eat salads. It's a nice change in between cooking.

Salad makes the perfect side dish for dinner?

Leafy salads are a good choice and go with any meal.

They are quick and easy to prepare and best of all they do not need a stove! Not to mention how Healthy they are. You can eat as much as you want. The varieties are endless.

Sometimes chicken wings or Steak and Salad is enough. You won't need potatoes or noodles. There are many things you can do with Lettuce. Salads don't just have to be side dishes either. They can be the main course, depending on how you prepare them. Adding fruits and raw or cooked vegetables can be some choices.

Lettuce becomes salad as soon as you add Vinaigrette & other dressings

Sometimes just a plain, green, leafy salad will do the trick. Just add a nice Vinaigrette over it and you will be on your way.

Add extra flavor with some chopped onions , garlic or fresh shredded Parmesan cheese..

Any kind of Lettuce is fine except "iceberg" it really has no nutritious value and doesn't taste well by itself. It contains a lot of water and has virtually no flavor. But that's my opinion. It is good to use on hamburgers and other sandwiches.

I personally enjoy Romaine, Arugula, Oak Leaf, Butter Lettuce, Spring cuts and such. These types of lettuce hold dressings better too.

1) Chicken, Beef, Apples, Beets, Avocado, Red Oranges, Toasted Almonds And Cranberries


Ingredients For a Simple And Tangy Vinaigrette

  • 1/2 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 lemon juice, squeezed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder, or fresh garlic finely chopped
  • 1-1/4 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2-3 tablespoons vinegar, Your choice ( Red wine, apple cider, white vinegar) maybe a little extra


  1. Dump the onions in a large salad bowl
  2. Add the lettuce and toss
  3. Drizzle the olive oil all over the lettuce - toss evenly
  4. Sprinkle half the salt and garlic - toss
  5. Squeeze the lemon juice around the salad - toss
  6. Sprinkle remaining salt and garlic on salad - toss
  7. Add all of the Vinegar - toss
  8. Taste a piece of lettuce to insure flavor is to your standards. Add more vinegar, lemon juice or salt if any one of those are needed.

2) Avocado, Peaches, Apples, Raspberries, Blackberries And Shaved Parmesan Cheese


Salad Side Toppings

If you prefer more than just leafy lettuce then add Pears, Celery, shredded Carrots, red Onions, Tomatoes, pickled red Beets, Oranges, Almonds, Parmesan cheese.

Feta Cheese is a crumbly, strong tasting cheese and goes well on salads. Adding a few thin slices of red onions, your favorite dressing, a few sprigs of spring lettuce.

The list is endless when it comes to salad toppings.

Salad should always be tossed not stirred.

This keeps the salad from wilting, bruising and going limp thus distributing the vinaigrette evenly.

3) Chicken, Cranberries, Almonds With Colorful Oranges


Using a lettuce spinner saves a lot of time. Always wash lettuce in cold water to keep it crisp.

Gourmia GSA9240 Jumbo Salad Spinner - Manual Lettuce Dryer With Crank Handle & Locking Lid, BPA Free and Top Rack Dishwasher Safe,(5L)
Gourmia GSA9240 Jumbo Salad Spinner - Manual Lettuce Dryer With Crank Handle & Locking Lid, BPA Free and Top Rack Dishwasher Safe,(5L)
Spin lettuce dry to keep it crisp. The drier the lettuce is it will hold the salad dressing of your choice better. The lettuce will be less soggy, less mess. For extra precaution be sure to wash any lettuce that are in those ready-made bags. Just empty one bag into the lettuce spinner, run water and spin.

My Lettuce Spinner has served me well

4) Bacon - Spinach Salad with Scallops and Butternut Squash


5) Backed Chicken Legs, Raspberries, Pears, Peaches, Shaved Parmesan Cheese


What's on Plates 1 through 5

    • Plate #1

    Mixed salad with almonds, cranberries, Parmesan Cheese

    Chicken, Beef strips, Avocado slices

    red oranges, pears

    • Plate #2

    Mixed salad topped with, shaved Parmesan Cheese

    Avocado slices, Peach slices, Raspberries,

    Blackberries, Pears, Olives

    • Plate #3

    Mixed Salad with almonds and Cranberries

    Grilled Chicken , Oranges - Red and Orange

    • Plate #4

    Raw baby Spinach with red onions and bacon bits

    Butternut Squash and Scallops

    • Plate #5

    Mixed salad with pecans, raisins and shaved Parmesan Cheese

    Olives, Blackberries, Raspberries

    Peaches and Pears

Nutritional value of Lettuce

Calcium, Phosphorus, Magnesium
Vitamin-C, K and Folate
Green Leaf
Calcium, Phosphorus, Magnesium
Vitamin-A, C, K, B-6, Riboflavin, Iron, Potassium
Butter Lettuce also includes Bibb and Boston varieties
Calcium, Riboflavin, Magnesium, Phosphorus
Vitamin-A, C, K, B-6, Folate, Iron

There are 5-8 calories in one cup of these lettuces.

Please Rate These Salad Plate Ideas

5 stars from 1 rating of Are These Salad Plates 5 Star Worthy?

© 2014 Ramona

Do You Have A Favorite Salad?

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)