Side salads are simple to make and healthy to eat. Pair these salads with your favorite protein at dinner, or enjoy as a mid-day snack.
Cost per serving: 77¢
This light and flavorful Carrot, Beet and Ginger Salad is the perfect side dish at a cookout. Be aware: If you're grating beets on a box grater, it can be a messy business. Be sure to wear an apron.
See recipe: Carrot, Beet and Ginger Salad
Cost per serving: $1.27
This quick side comes together in less than 20 minutes. When preparing the peas, stay on your toes—peas cook rather quickly and for this salad, they need a bit of a bite. To avoid turning them into a mushy mess, blanch for just three minutes and then immediately plunge into a large bowl of ice water.
See recipe: Three-Pea Salad
Cost per serving: 86¢
No matter what you’re serving on Christmas, these green beans make a nice, light accompaniment and will cost you less than $1 a serving.
See recipe: Green Bean Salad with Melted Red Onions
Cost per serving: $2.01
This healthy and hearty take on salad will have your guests finishing their veggies and racing back for seconds!
See recipe: Chunky Vegetable Salad
Cost per serving: 92¢
Get a head start by making the components of this salad a day in advance. Prepare the dressing, cover and chill; shake well before drizzling on the salad. Boil, peel and cut the sweet potatoes; cover and chill in a separate bowl. Slice the scallions and celery; cover and chill.
See recipe: Sweet Potato Salad
Cost per serving: $1.85
This light-tasting spinach salad gets its great fall flavor from oven roasted carrots and pecans, which can be made ahead to save time.
See recipe: Spinach, Roasted Carrot and Radicchio Salad
Cost per serving: 60¢
Beat the summer heat with this quick, inexpensive salad. Combine fresh dill, cucumber slices and red onion. Add olive oil, salt and pepper—and you’ll be ready to serve it in just 10 minutes!
See recipe: Cucumber Salad
Cost per serving: 96¢
Jicama is a crunchy root vegetable, popular in Mexican cooking. If you can’t find it or don’t care for it, use strips of celery instead. You also can use diced Granny Smith apple instead of mango for variety.
See recipe: Jicama, Radish and Mango Salad
Cost per serving: 98¢
To save time, make the salad and dressing in advance. Store them separately and toss right before serving to maintain crispness.
See recipe: Celery-Fennel Salad with Olives
Cost per serving: 55¢
You can make this simple salad the morning of the party but to avoid soggy almonds, pack the salad and almonds separately. Then, just before serving, toss the almonds with the rest of the ingredients for a satisfying crunch.
Cost per serving: 95¢
No summer potluck is complete without potato salad, and the red potatoes add a shot of color to this flavorful recipe.
See recipe: Creamy Red Potato Salad
Whip up this fresh, healthy side salad for less than $1 per serving.
See recipe: Two-Bean Salad
To take this from a side salad to main dish, add some grilled chicken. For extra flavor make sure the outside gets a little charred.
See Recipe: Grilled Caesar Salad