Five Ingredient Salad Recipes

Pasta Salad

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Main dish salads are such a nice choice for summer dining and entertaining. When the ingredient list uses just five products, you'll be in and out of the kitchen in no time! These five-ingredient salad recipes are super quick and easy.

As always, when you're using just a few ingredients, they need to be the best possible quality you can find. And since you're only using a few ingredients, you can afford to splurge and buy the best.

You can, of course, add as many ingredients you like to these easy and delicious recipes. Just think of flavor, texture, and color combinations and add, for instance, mushrooms and red bell peppers to the Rice and Shrimp Salad, or add cherry tomatoes and sliced yellow summer squash to the Spinach, Chicken, and Bacon Salad. Use your imagination!

Serve these easy salads with crackers, bakery breads, or quick breads and bread treatments you make yourself. If you're grilling the meat or vegetables for the salad, use the grill to make grilled breads as well.

Five Ingredient Salad Recipes

  • Pasta Cabbage Salad
    Red cabbage is an ideal salad ingredient during the summer; it's fresh and crisp and keeps its texture even when enveloped in creamy salad dressing.
  • Antipasto Salad
    Salami is tossed with Muenster cheese and mixed salad greens with a spicy garlic dressing in this easy main dish salad recipe.
  • Steak and Antipasto Salad
    Serve this wonderful salad, with its tender grilled steak, with breadsticks for a nice meal perfect for entertaining.
  • Shrimp Tomato Rice Salad
    Add some chopped bell peppers to this simple and flavorful salad for even more crunch and flavor.
  • Tex Mex Chicken Salad
    You could serve this spicy salad in tostada shells with some lettuce if you'd like, but it's also perfect just by itself.
  • Ranch Ham Salad
    This super simple salad takes leftover ham to new levels of deliciousness. You can eat it immediately or make it in the morning to let it marinate until lunch or dinner.