Many people believe that in order to make a salad tasty, they must load it with cheese, croutons, and heavy dressings. But that’s just not the case. If the ingredients are fresh and delicious to begin with, little or no dressings are needed. And when they are? Paleo dressings are simple to make, and free from dairy and refined sugars. A great salad consists of a variety of different textures – crunchy, crisp, and soft.
The same goes for flavors! Remember that veggies don’t have to be cooked and when you’re in need of some extra protein, nuts make a great go-to ingredient. As for fruit, well, fruit salad isn’t the only kind of salad it goes in. We’ve pulled some of our favorite paleo salad recipes from the web to give you some ideas. Enjoy!
Chow-Worthy Paleo Salad Recipes
Raw broccoli is the yummiest, crunchiest thing. And soooo nutritious. The cranberries and the carrots set each other off nicely, and the ham provides all the protein you need.
Christmas lovers will enjoy this tasty reminder of the holiday season. But don’t worry, it’s a healthy, paleo reminder! The pecans add some extra protein as well as a good dose of crunch.
There’s something comfort food-y about this salad that we can’t quite put our finger on. Perhaps it’s the luxuriousness of the avocado or the absence of leafy greens. Whatever it is, it makes for a downright tasty lunch. The chicken pairs so well with the sweetness of the apple, and there’s a decent variety of textures in there too.
Seven ingredients are all you need for this simple but delicious salad, and that includes salt and pepper! There’s plenty of protein to be found here, from both the chicken and the nuts, and the avocado serves as both a main salad component and a dressing, of sorts. Wrap in the mixture in the lettuce leaves and you’re good to go!
Another simple recipe, but flavorful nonetheless. Packed with cilantro, onion, and lime, this salad packs quite a punch, and is full of goodness too. Between the protein-packed chicken and the filling avocado, you won’t feel hungry for quite some time.
Over here, taco lovers! This is a great way of making tacos paleo friendly – eat them as a salad. This salad is packed with spices and flavor, and makes for a fresh, summer meal. And if the rest of your family don’t eat paleo, they can have theirs in taco shells.
Who misses BLT sandwiches? It’s the perfect combination of flavors. And adding in some extra meat can only make it better. This is a simple salad to make too, and you’ll likely have most of the ingredients already in the refrigerator.
Ah, salad you can eat with your hands. Healthy finger foods don’t come around often! This fruity, flavorful recipe has plenty of sweet and a hint of spice, which pairs perfectly with light, refreshing lettuce leaves.
Now this one caught our eye because it just sounded so…different! There are a few ingredients that you wouldn’t automatically pair together, but you know what? It works. Salty, bitter, and sweet make for an interesting taste experience not to be missed!
Okay, so we know that sprouts aren’t the most popular vegetable but give them a chance here. Their bitter taste really sets off the sweetness of the apples and grapes – plus they’re sooooo good for you! The recipe also includes a yummy honey and mustard vinaigrette.
This four ingredient salad really does keep things simple. So does the accompanying dressing. The two combined make for a refreshing, summery salad, which is also pretty pleasing to look at! Enjoy outside in the sun!
This stuff tastes as good as it looks. And look at it. This colorful salad has some added kick to it, in the form of chilli oil and Sriracha, and you can increase this to taste. Perfect for spice lovers who want health and flavor in the same dish!
Simple yet effective, this colourful salad is packed with protein and comes with plenty of crunch too. The dressing is delicious and sets off the flavors perfectly – it’s a great dressing for other salads too! Enjoy!
Caesar salad is not known for being the healthiest salad in the world. In fact, it’s mostly known its crunchy croutons and creamy dressing! But that doesn’t mean it has to be off the paleo menu. Nutritious pine nuts replace the croutons for crunch and the dressing is made the paleo way – no dairy and no sugar!
A treat that most meat-eaters love, steak is always on the menu for paleo eaters. This recipe is pretty simple, so as to let the steak have its limelight, and is a combination of simple, fresh flavors and delicious, healthy greens. Yum.
Have you got yourself a spiralizer yet? Spiralizers turn boring old veggies into pretty, thin spirals, perfect for using in salads or as pasta and noodle substitutes. This spiralized salad is a great vegan-friendly salad. Remember to add plenty of seeds for protein!
Thai food offers some of the most delicious flavors available to us, which work perfectly in salads. This salad is perfect for adding something a little different to your lunch menu, and is tasty and nutritious. This will soon become a firm favorite!
The best things in life are often the simplest. That goes for food too. This egg mayonnaise salad is nutritious, filling, and full of protein, so it will set you up well for the afternoon ahead. It’s also super tasty!
This vibrant, spicy salad is the perfect lunch or mid-week dinner. It’s tasty, filling, and easy to put together. Lamb isn’t a meat you often find in salads but that doesn’t mean it isn’t really really good! The Cajun spice adds a nice kick too.
There aren’t many things better for you than a plate of dark, leafy greens. Throw on some seasoning and some chopped nuts and you’ve got yourself a delicious, nutritious salad. Perfect for vegans!
Who said vegan food was boring? There are so many flavors in play here, and yet they work together wonderfully. The squash is spiralized so it looks like a plate of noodles, and it’s just as delicious!