4 Easy Vegetable Salad Recipes

Updated on November 10, 2019
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Margie's been an online writer for several years. Her articles focus on great Southern-style recipes for any occasion.

Who doesn't appreciate a delicious salad filled with their favorite vegetables? I am nuts about an avocado in my salad and I really love cheese too! Hope you find a favorite recipe you will enjoy many times!

Scrumptious Salads to Choose From!

  1. Basic Salad Fixin'
  2. Layered Salad
  3. Marinated Cucumber and Onion Salad
  4. Fried Okra Salad

1. Basic Salad Fixins'


We eat a salad with almost every meal at our house. I have started using Romaine lettuce hearts; they come in packages of three or six. When you just buy the single Romaine lettuce, many of the outside leaves are unusable.
Use the lettuce that you prefer. So with that said here is my salad makings!

Basic Ingredients, Then Add Toppings and Add-Ins

  • 1 Romaine lettuce heart or your favorite
  • 1 cup baby spinach leaves or spring greens
  • 4 medium diced tomatoes
  • 1 small cucumber
  • red onion rings or green onions
  • red or green bell pepper rings

Add Your Favorite Items!

Toss well, feel free to add or delete any items you do not like, mix and match until you build your favorite salad.

Top with your favorite dressing. Many times I just salt and pepper mine, or leave it naked and dig in!


Sundflower Seeds
Roasted corn
Boiled eggs, sliced or diced
Raw squash, sliced
Cabbage, shredded
Carrots, shredded
Dried fruit
Celery, sliced
Avocado, sliced or diced
Radishes, sliced
Mushrooms, sliced
Beans, drained
Meat, any type

2. Layered Salad Recipe


A layered salad in my mind is the king of salads. It has all the things we love in one bowl.
It's layered with spinach, lettuce, boiled eggs, onions, green peas, celery, bell peppers, mushrooms, cheese, bacon, avocado and frosted with a dressing.
Wow so yummy! Allow for overnight refrigeration before serving.

A Beautiful Wood Salad Bowl and Tongs

This is a gorgeous wood bowl that I have served salad in with my family for several years! I love the classy look, not the same as all other salad bowls with a straight edge. You can get this wood salad bowl on Amazon for not very much and it makes a great gift too!

Ingredients For Layered Salad

  • ½ head lettuce (I like Romaine, use any kind you like.)
  • bunch fresh spinach
  • 4 hard-boiled eggs, grated
  • 1 bunch green onions, chopped (tops too)
  • 1-16 ounces can green peas, drained
  • ½ cup celery, chopped
  • ½ cup bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 cup fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 ½ cups cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • Salt and black pepper
  • 1 cup Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
  • 10 slices bacon of crisp-cooked, drained and crumbled

Ingredients for Dressing

  • 1 ½ cups mayonnaise
  • 1 ½ cups sour cream
  • avocado (garnish)

Instructions For Making Layered Salad

1. Okay, we are ready to layer, get a large glass bowl.
2. Wash, drain and tear the lettuce and spinach into pieces.
3. In a very large glass bowl, layer half of the lettuce, eggs, onions, peas, spinach, celery, bell pepper, mushrooms, cheddar cheese, and bacon.
4. Sprinkle with one teaspoon sugar, salt, and black pepper.
5. Mix the dressing, mayonnaise and sour cream, frost with half of the dressing.
6. Repeat the layers sprinkle with remaining teaspoon sugar, salt, and black pepper.
7. Frost with the remaining dressing.
8. Sprinkle with the Monterey's Jack cheese, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
9. Before, serving garnish with avocado slices.

Tip From Margie Lynn

  • If you desire, you may add a layer of chopped tomatoes.

3. Marinated Cucumber And Onion Salad Recipe


Red Onion Slices


Cucumber and onions go together so deliciously. We go through many onions in our kitchen.
This is a delicious marinated salad and a great way to use an abundance of cucumbers this summer.

Ingredients for Cucumber and Onion Salad

  • 3 large cucumbers, thinly sliced
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh dill
  • 1/2 cup red onion, thinly sliced

Instructions for Making Cucumber and Onion Salad

  1. Slice the cucumber in a large bowl, add the salt and toss.
  2. Cover the bowl with a plate, laying directly on cucumbers, weight down the plate with one pound can.
  3. Set for two hours, drain and rinse well.
  4. In the serving bowl add the lemon juice, oil, sugar, and the dill mix.
  5. Mix in the cucumbers and red onions, place in a refrigerator overnight. Serve cold or at room temperature.

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Video For Making Fried Okra Salad Recipe

4. Fried Okra Salad Recipe

Fried okra salad is a great recipe to use this summer when you have okra ready in your garden or you can buy it at the supermarket.

The crispy fried okra adds a crunch to this delightful salad. It is so easy to make and the salad bowl will be empty and be asking for more!

Add your favorite meat, like fried chicken and corn on the cob for a delicious meal!

Ingredients For Fried Okra Salad

  • 4 to 6 cups fried okra
  • 6 slices crisp fried bacon, crumbled
  • 2 bunches green onions, chopped
  • 1 large or 2 medium tomatoes, diced
  • 1 large green bell pepper, chopped
  • ½ cup oil
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • ¼ cup vinegar

Instructions for Making Fried Okra Salad

  1. Fry the okra in cornmeal batter, as usual, drain on paper towels.
  2. Mix these ingredients for the dressing together and shake making sure sugar dissolves.
  • ¼ cup vinegar
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • ½ cup oil
  1. Add to cooled okra, bacon, green onions, bell pepper, and tomatoes.
  2. Pour vinegar, oil and sugar dressing over okra mixture, stir and serve immediately.

Serves 8-10.

Questions & Answers

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        12 months ago

        yackkkk disgusting

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        Jill Spencer 

        20 months ago from United States

        Now that the weather's hot, these salads would really hit the spot for dinner or to take to a picnic. The fried okra salad is a new one to me. Amazing recipes!

      • Margie Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

        Margie's Southern Kitchen 

        22 months ago from the USA

        Audrey, glad I posted something you like! Have a wonderful day!

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        Audrey Hunt 

        22 months ago from Idyllwild Ca.

        I'm with FlourishAnyway - going to try the layered salad! So glad you add sunflower seeds to this recipe. I love these seeds and sprinkle a handful on just about everything.

        Thank you, Margie.


      • Margie Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

        Margie's Southern Kitchen 

        22 months ago from the USA

        You a very welcome! The layered salad is so yummy, I am sure you would like it! We love salads!

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        22 months ago from USA

        I’d like to try that layered salad! Thanks for presenting this information. Everyone needs more vegetables in their lives


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