Unusual Salad Recipes

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This salad is fun and healthful for you to eat. It combines many healthy ingredients and is topped with chia seeds, cashews, sunflower seeds or beans. Follow the steps below and create your own version of this Unusual Salad Recipe.

Step One

Prep your ingredients by washing and slicing them into shapes. Wash the spinach and set out on a towel to dry or use a salad spinner. Arrange your ingredients on a plate. It is best to get everything ready before you begin to build your salad.These ingredients can be prepped ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator. You can use either fresh spinach or your favorite leaf lettuce.

Prep Your Veggies


Step Two

Once you have all of your ingredients prepped. Line up your plates and begin to layer your salad. Start with a generous layer of spinach. Spread the salad across the bottom of the plate.Layer Your Salad Ingredients

Step Three

On top of the layer of spinach place evenly a ring of kohlrabi, radish and red pepper. Add your lighter colors first and then accent them with your darker color ingredients.

Creating Beautiful Salads

Step Four

Continue to layer your ingredients. Carefully place your slices in artful arrangements. Notice how these ingredients are placed in a circular pattern evenly spaced. Mix the colors to create beautiful looking salads. Notice how each layer adds more beauty to the salad. Food should be a feast for the eyes and for the stomach.

Unique Salad Creations

Salad IngredientsBest Salad Ingredients Ever

  • Baby Spinach
  • Cucumbers
  • Red Pepper
  • Carrot Slices
  • Kohlrabi
  • Tomato Wedges
  • Red Cabbage
  • Boiled Egg
  • Radish

Unique Salad ToppingsUnique Salad Toppings

Besides just adding a dressing you can dress up your salad with different kinds of seeds and nuts. We added Chia Seeds and Thousand Island Dressing to one Salad and the other Salad was topped with Chia Seeds, Sunflower Seeds, Cashews and Cooked Beans.


Thousand Island Dressing IngredientsQuick and Easy Thousand Island Dressing

  • 3  T of mayo per boiled egg
  • 1 1/2 T Ketchup
  • 1/2 T Sweet Relish
  • Dice the egg
  • Add Salt and Pepper to Taste.
  • Mix all together.
  • Makes one or two servings.

Substitute your favorite brands of Relish, Ketchup and Salad Dressing.

Video: Get the Scope on Chia Seeds

Have you heard the buzz about Chia Seeds – Nature’s Superfood. In this video Nutritionist Ashley Koff explains how the Chia Seed is grown and what it can do for you. Learn about the different kinds available and the nutrition value. Chia seeds provide a lot of fiber and helps you to feel full. It makes a great topping for your salads. Ashley talks about how she carries Chia Shots when she travels and adds them to her salads. Notice how unique the salad pictured above looks when the Chia Seeds have been added.


24 thoughts on “Unusual Salad Recipes”

  1. Hey Sharon:

    I love your pictures of salad prepping and presentation. I am a salad-lover and am very much aware of how the way a salad looks just prepares your mouth for the delightful tastes. Using a mixture of very good-tasting fresh ingredients fulfills the promise of a pretty salad.

    Great work!

    • The colors and shapes of fresh ingredients created by Mother Nature create beautiful salads.

      Good to hear that you are a salad-lover. Eating salads should give you lots of energy and make you feel healthy. You can eat them anytime of the day. They can be an appetizer, main course or a desert.

  2. Thats a very pretty salad. I would be afraid to mess it up by eating it. I love salads that are filling, and this sounds pretty nice and looks very pretty. As a big plus for me – there is no meat in it. Usually I just make food for myself, I don’t go to the trouble of making things look pretty – I just throw it all together. I think something like this is great if you are having a dinner party or lunch with friends.

    • Don’t be afraid of messing up the salad by eating it. It was made to be eaten. You can make a whole meal out of a salad. Even if you are just making food for yourself take an extra minute to make it look super delicious – you deserve to have awesome food.

  3. Hi,

    That looks great. The recipe itself have a huge amount of antioxidants and nutritional benefits. The colors are so bright and my mouth started watering just looking at the images.

    Salads can taste great if we are creative about it. Salads are gross if it is monochromatic and not tasty. Taste doesn’t have to be a bunch of sauce. Ingredients adds flavors to many dishes that are healthies than empty calories.



    • Love those antioxidants and nutrition – they help you to feel good. Once you start eating for energy and health your whole world changes.

      The habit of prepping with fresh produce will make your mouth water. Hope you have a chance to enjoy an awesome salad soon.

      I agree the sauce doesn’t have to be the main ingredient.

  4. Hi Sharon, what a yummy looking salad. The beautiful thing about salad is that everyone can add vegetables they like or substitute individual ones. I love avocado and red onion so I put those ones in my salad as often as I can. Also, sweetcorn is nice with the bright yellow color. Your thousand islands dressing sounds delicious. Will definitely try it out. I think I need to eat more salad from now on. 🙂 You have inspired me.

    • Mix and match your veggies to create one of a kind salads that suit your tastes. I like avocado also, and must start adding more of them to my salads.

      Love the idea of sweet corn. Fresh sweet corn raw or slightly cooked would be an awesome addition.

  5. This is probably the first time I see a salad dish being presented so nicely on a plate instead of a bowl. In my home, we usually throw everything into a salad bowl, mix and it’s ready to serve.

    I never actually thought that they could look so lovely and appetizing. It would be great to make this for the kids to encourage them to eat more greens. Thanks for sharing this wonderful idea.

    • Sometimes we make our salads in a bowl for large parties. But, most to the time we eat them as the main course.

      Kids love to help make them because they can play with their food and they are fun to eat.

      There are endless possibilities to creating a salad and each one is unique.

  6. OMG the first photo of the salad is a work of art. If I could wake up to that every morning I would be a happy girl.
    Normally I would say ‘minus the tomatoes’ but I’ve been training my taste buds to not mind them. I’ve always hated tomatoes and now they aren’t as bad!
    Even with all my laziness, I have to make this soon. My boyfriend would love to try this also. He loves salad.

    • The beauty of nature shines in a salad making them look like works of art. There are so many different colors and shapes to work with.

      Be creative with your salads and enjoy many meals together with your boyfriend.

  7. My salads normally consist of the basics such as tomato, cucumber and lettuce. But now, I’m looking to become a little more creative with salads 🙂

    Thanks for sharing your steps, the different salad ingredients to use and especially the toppings + homemade dressing because my salads can now have a bit more of a kick and excitement!

    I’m very intrigued by Chia seeds as well. 🙂


    • There are so many interesting ingredients that you can add to salads that can turn them from a side dish into a main course.

      My favorite dressing is homemade Thousand Island Dressing, it is a recipe passed along from my Mother-in-law. It has more flavor than the store brands and is easy to make.

  8. Wow, this is probably the first site I’ll bookmark for later. I love the way you go over the recipes and items. I run a fitness site and these recipes look awesome!

    You’re doing great. Just keep the recipes and ingredients described in a simple way and people will keep coming back!

    • Thank You for stopping by. Fitness and nutrition go hand-in-hand. Along with any good fitness program, a person also needs to eat for optimal fitness. Hope you incorporate a few nutritious salads into your weekly menu plan.

  9. Oh.. I’m feeling hungry now just reading this post. The salad looks delicious and the range of colours is so appealing. Chia Seeds are a favourite of mine as well as Linseed so I add them in to my meals when I can. I love your use of photos for each stage. If you could add one extra ingredient to the salad what would it be? Sammi

    • The one extra ingredient that I would add is a little love. When cooking food if you put forth good intentions and blessings for the food that you prepare, I think it makes food taste better.

      Taking a few extra seconds to enhance the presentation of your food makes it more appetizing. I haven’t tried the Linseed so I am going to put that on my list.

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  11. Ive changed my diet up recently and I know because of my busy schedule and /or laziness I dont enjoy cooking a lot and salads have definiately been something ive considered getting into. This is a great site thta has a lot of unique combinations that ill be looking at me in the future.

  12. I love the fact that you break down your steps in such good detail. The photos really help add a visual element to your topic. Personally, I’m not the biggest salad eater, partly because of time limitations, but also a bigger part is that I simply am tired of the plain lettuce with a salad dressing over top. This article helped expand my horizon and helped me come up with some new interesting ideas.


    • In the past we felt that we didn’t have time to make a salad. But now, it has become a habit and have found that if we have all of the ingredients needed in our refrigerator it is easy. The benefit of feeling healthier is worth the effort. Hope that the next time you prepare a salad you get a little creative and have a chance to taste the difference.

  13. What a great read and a great article on diverse and spectacular salad choices – really opened my eyes up to the possibilites here!
    I especially liked the kohlrabi, radish and red pepper ring that seemed to bump up the overall diverse taste of your dish. You’ve got some really interesting recipes here – I’ve bookmarked you 🙂

    • Thanks for bookmarking the site. We will be adding a lot of new salads for you to try. Eating nutritious food is one of the most important things we can do to stay healthy.


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