8 Salad Combinations You'll Actually Look Forward to Eating

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8 Salad Combinations You'll Actually Look Forward to Eating

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June 18 2021


When it comes to salad, we've got it in the bag. Use this simple formula to build a better salad—one you'll actually get excited to eat.

Base: 2 cups of greens
Protein: 2 ounces of meat or seafood or 1/3 cup beans
Fruits & Veggies (try 2 or 3): 1/4 cup each of something yellow/orange, something green, something red, or something white
Bottled Dressing: 1 to 2 tablespoons
Seasoning (try 1 or 2): 1/8 teaspoon each salt, cracked black pepper, or chili powder  
Extras (try 1 or 2): 1 ounce cheese, 1 tablespoon nuts, 1 tablespoon dried fruit, 1 tablespoon chopped fresh herbs, 2 tablespoons olives, 1/8 cup tortilla strips, 1 tablespoon toasted coconut

Try one of our test kitchen favorites below. 

  1. Steak Caprese Salad

    Salad Combo:
    Baby spinach and spring greens mix 
    Beef top sirloin steak strips
    Cherry tomatoes
    Hy-Vee Short Cuts chopped red onion 
    Mozzarella pearls basil leaves
    Bottled balsamic vinaigrette

    Also try our Grilled Sirloin with Greek Tomato and Baby Arugula Salad

  2. Prosciutto-Peach Salad

    Salad Combo:
    Butterhead lettuce  
    Fresh peach slices
    Fresh raspberries
    Burrata cheese
    Hy-Vee walnuts
    Hy-Vee raspberry vinaigrette  
    Cracked black pepper

    Also try our Grilled Peach Salad with Ham, Mozzarella and Arugula

  3. Tuna Nicoise Salad

    Salad Combo:
    Hy-Vee albacore tuna
    Tomato wedges
    Sliced Hy-Vee Short Cuts hard-boiled egg
    Fresh green beans
    Hy-Vee Short Cuts garlic potatoes 
    Red wine vinaigrette
    Salt and pepper
    Lemon wedges

    Also try our Seared Ahi Tuna with Sesame-Ginger Dressing

  4. Citrus Asian Chicken Salad

    Salad Combo:
    Hy-Vee romaine garden salad blend
    Hy-Vee rotisserie chicken slices  
    Orange slices
    Cucumber slices
    Hy-Vee Short Cuts chopped red bell peppers
    Sliced green onions
    Hy-Vee sliced almonds
    Bottled Asian toasted sesame dressing

    Also try our Asian Chicken Salad

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  5. Turkey, Bacon and Apple Salad

    Salad Combo:
    Spring greens mix
    Cubed turkey
    Hy-Vee bacon
    Hy-Vee Short Cuts apple slices
    Champagne vinaigrette
    Shaved Parmesan  
    Dried cranberries
    Mint leaves
    Also try our Bacon Walnut Apple Salad 

  6. Southwest Veggie Salad

    Salad Combo:
    Hy-Vee iceberg lettuce
    Hy-Vee black beans 
    Roasted sweet corn 
    Hy-Vee pico de gallo 
    Hy-Vee Cheddar cheese
    Hy-Vee tortilla strips 
    Hy-Vee sour cream
    Hy-Vee chili powder

    Also try our Corn Chip Chili Salad

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  7. Salmon, Berry and Spinach Salad

    Salad Combo:
    Baby spinach leaves 
    Hy-Vee Fish Market smoked sockeye salmon
    Hy-Vee Short Cuts strawberries 
    Hy-Vee Short Cuts blueberry and raspberry mix
    Goat cheese  
    Hy-Vee pecans  
    Italian parsley
    Hy-Vee honey mustard dressing
    Also try our Berry-Farro Salad with Baked Salmon

  8. Mediterranean Chickpea Salad

    Salad Combo:
    Baby kale leaves
    Hy-Vee garbanzo beans  
    Cucumber slices  
    Roasted red bell pepper strips
    Kalamata olives
    Soirée feta cheese  
    Hy-Vee Select Old World Greek dressing
    Cracked black pepper 
    Fresh basil leaves

    Also try our Mediterranean Jar Salad

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