10 Simple Side Salads to Add Excitement to Your Dinner

5 images from 10 side salad recipes from the salttotaste blog that will liven up any dinnertime. Salads inclide little gem salad, chickpea salad, cajun sweet potato, english garden salad, sumac roasted squash and bulgur wheat

The thought of a simple side salad has never excited me before now. Much of this disparaging view of the side salad is based on its usual presentation. In most cases, a salad served alongside a meal is often some soggy lettuce, cherry, tomatoes, and cucumber. They’re great ingredients, but none make me want to throw away the frozen chips. These 10 simple side salads remain simple, but they add a layer of excitement and joy that will leave everyone feeling full.

01 Apple and Rocket Salad

Apple and Rocket are classic combinations that work together despite being so different. Apples are tart or sweet, depending on the variety, while Rocket is bitter and peppery. Together they provide the perfect counterbalance.

02 Cajun Sweet Potato Salad

This cajun sweet potato salad will have a kick to it, but the buttermilk dressing will counteract the salad’s sweetness while tempering the heat.

03 Roast Tomato & Basil Pasta

Roast Tomato & Basil Salad with Roast Tomato Dressing and Fusilli Pasta

This roast tomato and basil pasta salad may take longer than other pasta dishes, especially since it needs to be chilled, but it’s wit’s waiting for.

04 English Garden Salad

English Garden Salad with English Mustard VInaigrette topped with eggs Fresh english vegetables including apples, carrots, watercress, lettuce, fresh peas, eggs, and cheddar cheese

This English Garden salad is more than just a salad; it can be served as a light summer lunch in the garden under the sun. 

05 Roasted Chickpea Salad

This roasted chickpea salad uses canned chickpeas already soaked and cooked, removing much of the leg work. These chickpeas must be drained and patted dry before roasting to help maximise crispness.

06 Sumac Roasted Squash and Bulghar Wheat

Sumac Roasted Squash & Bulgur Wheat Salad with Preserved Beldi Lemons, Pomegranate and PArlsey

Known for its tartness, sumac contrasts nicely with sweet Butternut squash and helps balance the flavour profile of this Sumac Roasted Squash and Bulgur Wheat salad.

07 Mint and Cucumber Salad

This refreshingly easy salad makes the perfect accompaniment for summer picnics and grilled meats.

08 Cumin Dressed Rocket

Earthy Cumin and Peppery Rocket come together to make a delicious salad.

09 Little Gem Lettuce and Pickled Shallot Salad

Little Gem makes a great addition to salads as it’s mild tasting and allows other ingredients to shine.

10 Green Bean Salad

This green bean salad is simple but delicious and is a perfect side dish for grilled meat or fish.

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