The 7 Days of Salads {All 7 Recipes}

by Lauren on January 16, 2012

This was such a fun series to put together and I hope you enjoyed these as much as I did.  Below is a list of the complete collection for your salad making pleasure! 


Roasted Squash and Brussels Sprouts With Quinoa, Kale and Apple with a Maple Fig Balsamic Dressing


  • 1/2 Cup Cooked Red Quinoa (can sub regular quinoa)
  • 1/2 C Butternut Squash
  • 1/2 C Brussels Sprouts, halved
  • 1 Honey Crisp Apple, chopped
  • 1/4 C Dried Cranberries
  • 2 C chopped Kale
Maple Fig Balsamic Dressing:
  • 1/2 C Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1 T Fig Butter
  • 1 T Maple Syrup
For the dressing: Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan and bring to a boil.  Let the mixture boil and reduce for 5-7 min. Set aside.
For the salad: Season the squash and sprouts with cooking spray, salt and pepper.  Roast at 400° for 20-25 min.  Combine cooked quinoa, roasted vegetables, chopped apple, cranberries and kale in a large bowl.  Pour dressing over mixture and combine.

Tempeh Taco Salad 


  • 1/2 block tempeh (crumbled)
  • 1/2 red pepper (diced)
  • 1 T hot sauce
  • 1 T cumin
  • 1 T chili powder
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • salt, pepper to taste
Directions:  Heat tempeh in a large skillet until slightly browned.  Add the red pepper and garlic and sauté for an additional 3-4 minutes.  Add the hot sauce and seasonings and let the mixture cook down.  I also add a few tablespoons of water here to let a bit of a sauce form. Cook the mixture for an additional 5-7 minutes over medium low.
Suggested Accompaniments: 
Roasted Broccoli, Roasted Squash
Suggested Toppings:
Corn Salsa, Tomato Salsa, Guacamole, Greek Yogurt, Tortilla chips

Citrus Pan Seared Salmon Salad


  • 1 salmon fillet, about 4oz (I used wild caught sockeye salmon)
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
For the Salad:
  • 2 C baby spinach
  • 1/2 grapefruit, sliced into segments
  • pan roasted asparagus
  • raspberries
  • sliced almonds
  • honey goat cheese
Heat oil in a non-stick skillet and season the fish with salt and pepper.  Pan sear the fish (about 3 min each side).  Assemble the salad ingredients while the fish is cooking.  Place cooked fish on top and dress with dressing of choice.

Mediterranean Pita Pizza Salad


  • 1 Whole Wheat Pita
  • 2 T hummus
  • 1/4 C broccoli, chopped
  • 1/2 of a zucchini, chopped
  • 2 T sun dried tomatoes
  • 3-4 sliced greek olives
  • feta
  • spinach
  • good balsamic


Place the chopped broccoli and zucchini on a baking sheet coated with olive oil and salt and pepper. Roast the vegetables in a 400* oven for 15-20 min.  Meanwhile, spread hummus over pita and place in the oven for 10min.  Once the vegetables are tender and slightly roasted, take out the pita and veggies and begin to assemble your pizza.  Top with vegetables, olives, sun dried tomatoes and feta.  Place spinach on a plate or bowl and drizzle with balsamic.  Top with your pizza.

My Favorite Greek Salad

  • Romaine and Baby Spinach
  • Roasted Eggplant and Broccoli
  • Sun dried Tomatoes
  • Greek Olives
  • Feta Cheese
  • Sun dried Tomato Chicken Sausage
  • Hummus and Balsamic
Some of my salads have been sweet and some of them have been savory. This one is definitely on the high end of savory.  The deep salty flavors of feta, olives and sun dried tomatoes are strong but wonderful.  And there is nothing more satisfying that roasted vegetables and hummus.

Thai Chicken Salad

For The Chicken:

  • 1 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Peanut Sauce (I used store bought but you could easily make your own)
For The Salad:
  • Romaine and Spinach
  • Cucumber (thinly sliced)
  • 1/2 Sliced Red Pepper
  • Steamed Asparagus
  • Broccoli Slaw
  • Pineapple
Roast the chicken breast in a 400 degree oven for 35-40 min.  When cooked through, remove from the oven and shred.  Place into a large bowl and add salt, pepper, and peanut sauce. Assemble the salad and top with warm shredded chicken.

Asian Salmon Salad

  • Romaine
  • Zucchini
  • Clementine (or mandrin oranges)
  • Edamame
  • Roasted Asparagus
  • Feta
  • Almonds
  • Salmon Burger
  • Thai Peanut Dressing

11 thoughts on “The 7 Days of Salads {All 7 Recipes}”

  1. Jordan says:

    These all look incredible. I can’t wait to make some of them. I am a big salad fan 🙂

  2. chelsea says:

    Mmmmm! I just had lunch but these look DELICIOUS

  3. Your salads are the bomb. Loved this series!

  4. these are all so yummy! my favorite is the mediterranean pita pizza salad. i looooove sun dried tomatoes!

  5. I just want to make all of them! Haha 😀

  6. Starred for future use! All look SO good!

  7. Jill says:

    Okay….i seriously wish i could eat with you 24-7…i feel things would normalize for me!
    Its like i’m always overdosing on olive oil, avocado, grains, eggs, anything..oye…just found these new tortillas that are a new obsession with olive oil and if i needed a new food obsession, ha…

    i like the idea of eating 3x a day…but then i am so programmed to eat 6x a day. Its like I’m afraid to do something different. My late-night snacking (including the indulgent chocolate) is likely a big problem…grr..

    All of these look terrific. They’d all be great with warm bread on the side. And awesome photography.

  8. EricA says:

    So fun! The pita salad is my fav! Hope youre having a good day!!

  9. All these salads look amazing! I was so excited this weekend when I found the Annie’s Balsamic Dressing! I can’t wait to give it a try! I think I want to first try it with grilled shrimp and some sliced pears….yummy 🙂

  10. Emily says:

    All of these recipes sound so delicious! (And they’re pretty too, which is an added bonus) I’m planning to make the pita pizza salad this week- I can’t wait!

  11. Oh my gosh! It’s like Christmas in a bowl!

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