National Salad Month is in May and we’re celebrating with some of our favorite salad recipes from across the web.  Often dished up before dinner, a robust and satisfying salad can also be served as a family meal by itself.  Made from a variety of leafy greens, vegetables, pastas, legumes, eggs, grains, fruits, or meat, salads are generally tossed in a dressing or vinaigrette and can be served hot and cold.

I have found when attempting to get my children excited about eating salads, if I use certain ingredients such as bacon or fruit as components of the salad, they are generally more enthusiastic about eating it.  Having my kids in the kitchen helping me prep the elements of a salad is a great learning opportunity for them to get excited about cooking and eating healthy.

One of our most favorite salad ingredients we like to make are these baked homemade croutons.  The most difficult part is preventing my kids from eating them all as a snack before they ever make it into the salad.

Without further ado, here are ten family favorite salads from across the blogosphere that are perfect for tonight’s dinner.

Roasted Beet and Wilted Greens Salad by Lemons and Lavender

Greek Salad by The Pioneer Woman

Spring Crab Salad by Knitting a Life

Red Quinoa Salad with Citrus Curry Dressing by Smith Bites

Grilled Chicken Cobb Salad by The Peche

Black Bean Salad Boats by She Wears Many Hats

Red Cabbage and Chicken Asian Salad by Kalyn’s Kitchen

Southwest Quinoa Salad by My Kitchen Addiction

Kiwi Strawberry Spinach Salad by Savoring The Thyme

Grilled Steak and Goat Cheese Salad by Victory or Death in the Kitchen

Don’t forget these other great salad recipes within the PBS Parents Kitchen Explorers archives.

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  • http://www.thescramble.com Aviva Goldfarb

    Thanks for sharing all these fantastic salad ideas, Alice! My greens are coming up in the veggie garden and I’ve been looking for new ideas.

  • http://www.elanaspantry.com Elana

    These look delicious and healthy!

  • Nicole

    My kids actually like salads. Happy to have these to add to my recipe collection.

  • http://www.kalynskitchen.com Kalynskitchen

    What a great collection of tasty salads! Thanks for including one of my salad recipes.

  • http://savoringthethyme.com Jennifer (Savor)

    Thank You for spotlighting my salad as well – great round-up!

  • Susan

    They all look so delicious! Great collection of recipes.

  • http://www.howcanigetpregnant.org/ Angie

    OOOH! That crab salad is the PERFECT thing for summer. I love ceviche, but obviously the kids would never eat it. I think the crab salad may be a nice compramise, especially with some nice citrus to compliment that mango. Bravo! Can’t wait for more.

  • Cynthia

    Lately I have been making Thai summer rolls with fillings of a large lettuce leaf rolled with julienned carrots, celery, snow pea shoots and long rice soaked in hot water or udon or somen noodles and shrimp or crab or a slice of deli ham laid onto the lettuce leaf and all rolled together in the rehydrated summer roll wrapper. Make an authentic dipping sauce from a Thai recipe.

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