This salad's got plenty of bite!
Here's a combo for people who like their greens and mix-ins spicy.
Start with arugula
This peppery green makes an assertive salad base.
Keep it going with radish & red onion
Pungent veggie mix ins build on arugula's strong flavor.
Balance it with grilled steak
Beef's rich flavor and smooth texture complement the sharp-tasting ingredients.
Accent it with crispy noodles
The crunch adds texture for more "bite."
Bring it all together with Worcestershire sauce & olive oil dressing
This spicy, briny mix works both sides of the dish's flavor profile -- and brings out the best in all ingredients.
If you love piquant mix-ins like radish and red onion, try adding or swapping in these: Pickled jalapeños, brined olives, brined mushrooms, chopped scallions
This salad's got simplicity!
With just a few ingredients, each taste comes through distinctly.
Start with romaine
Its mildness lets other flavors shine.
Accent it with fresh cracked pepper
It's a subtle seasoning, so it adds just the right touch of heat.
Balance it with parmesan
This rich, smooth cheese contrasts with romaine's low-key flavor.
Bring it all together with lemon juice vinaigrette
A slightly tart oil-based dressing like this one is all you need to integrate the dish. A stronger one would overwhelm the other ingredients.
If you like mild, crunchy greens like romaine try these: Bibb lettuce, Belgian endive, red-leaf lettuce, bok choy
This salad's got exciting accents!
With subtle basic ingredients, the sprinkling of cheese takes center stage.
Start with spinach
Raw spinach makes a mild base.
Keep it going with hard-cooked egg
This bland but hearty protein blends with the simple flavor of the dark green veggie.
Accent it with parmesan and artichoke hearts
Parmesan's attention-getting saltiness works to heighten the other flavors. Artichoke hearts elevates excitement.
Bring it all together with balsamic vinaigrette
This salad has a lot going on, so a lightly sweet dressing brings out the best in all of the contrasting ingredients.
You're a fan of parmesan? Give these strong cheeses a whirl: Blue, feta, pecorino-romano, grana padano
This salad's got international flavor!
Assertive Asian notes perk up a variety of crunchy textures.
Start with bean sprouts, carrots & scallions
The dish is built on plenty of crunch.
Balance it with chicken & rice noodles
This neutral meat and starch won't compete with pack-a-punch ingredients.
Accent it with cilantro & basil
Herbs like these add exotic zestiness.
Also add peanuts
Their richness gives another dimension to the crunch factor.
Bring it together with ginger-soy dressing
A sweet-and-salty combo is the classic finishing touch for an Asian-style salad.
You can get nutty crunch by swapping in one of these: Cashews, almonds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds
This salad's got substance and style!
Here, the combination is hearty and filling, with plenty of flair.
Start with whole wheat pasta
A whole grain base provides a simple background for stronger flavors.
Keep it going with tuna
Like the pasta, it's both substantial and mild.
Accent it with parsley
A bright-tasting herb like this one perks up a dish.
Also add olives
This mix-in adds rich saltiness.
Bring it all together with red wine vinaigrette
A bright and tangy dressing increases the overall amount of flavor.
If you like earthy, satisfying whole wheat pasta, you could swap in: Barley, brown rice, quinoa, wild rice
This one's got all-American appeal!
Old-time ranch dressing pulls together well-loved foods.
Start with iceberg & green-leaf lettuce
These mild favorites are salad’s version of comfort food.
Keep with going with turkey
Poultry offers another simple, familiar flavor.
Accent it with carrots & raisins
Sweet mix-ins add to the hometown feel.
Also add sunflower seeds
Create crunch with this ingredient.
Bring it all together with ranch dressing
The rich tanginess complements the sweetness, while the creaminess balances out the crunch.
Like carrots and raisins, these are naturally sweet mix-ins: Corn kernels, chopped dried dates, chopped dried figs, peas