America's Favorite Salads

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America's Favorite Salads

Make salads that are truly worth remembering for your next meal. Read on to discover recipes for the ten most popular salads in America.

Image Credit: Waldorf Astoria New York

Cobb Salad

Here is the salad as originally conceived by (or served to, depending on which stories you believe) Bob Cobb, a star employee who later became president of the now-defunct Brown Derby restaurants in Los Angeles.

The Ultimate Cobb Salad Recipe

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Crab Louis

Martha Stewart offers her take on this West Coast classic.

The Crab Louis Recipe

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Caesar Salad

Viviane Bauquet Farre, author of the blog Food and Style, offers an updated, lightened version of the venerated classic salad recipe.

The Caesar Salad with Chili Spiced Croutons Recipe

Image Credit: Viviane Bauquet Farre

Caprese Salad

The sheer simplicity of this traditional Italian salad is what makes it a classic — there's nothing to distract from the simple, refreshing flavor of ripe tomatoes at their best.

The Caprese Salad Recipe

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Wedge Salad

This is a staple of steakhouse dinners, and no roundup of classic American salad recipes would be complete without a wedge salad.

The Little Alley's Wedge Salad Recipe

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Greek Salad

Sometimes, the classics are the best, and this simple salad of tomatoes, cucumbers, red onion, feta, and Kalamata olives is one of many traditional ways to start a delicious Greek meal.

The Classic Greek Salad Recipe

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Niçoise Salad

Viviane Bauquet Farre, author of Food and Style, offers her refreshing take on classic Niçoise salad.

The Niçoise Salad with Grilled Vegetables and Basil-Mustard Vinaigrette Recipe

Image Credit: Viviane Bauquet Farre

Waldorf Salad

Here is David Garcelon's updated, lightened take on the iconic salad from the place that started it all — Garcelon is the culinary director at the Waldorf Astoria New York.

The Waldorf Salad Recipe

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Italian Salad

Sopressata, pepperoni, prosciutto, sharp provolone… wait is this a salad? Yes it is, an Italian deli classic. (There are a few leaves in there, too — some arugula, anyone?)

The Insalata Italiana Recipe

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Fruit Salad

Pack fruit salad this along with some sandwiches for a quick and easy picnic.

The Fruit Salad with Herb Syrup Recipe

Image Credit: Stephen Danelian


For some people, salads are just go-to options at lunch or dinner when it's crunch time — quick, healthy options when nothing else comes to mind at the moment. For others, they're just speed bumps on the way to something greater — a perfect roast chicken, a juicy grilled steak, or a mouthwatering rack of ribs — palate-cleansers, appetizers, but nothing memorable. Just some greens with some kind of vinaigrette and maybe a few other vegetables thrown in for good measure.

America's Favorite Salads

But salad can be so much more than just an afterthought. With a little love, you can make some truly exciting salads, and where better to start than with the culinary greats — iconic American salad recipes.

Check out the slideshow above to see what salads have been deemed American Favorites.

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