21 Best Paleo Salads



Salads don’t have to be boring side dishes. In fact, they can be epic, one-dish meals that are loaded with tasty vegetables, fruits, proteins, and healthy fats. These 21 Paleo salads are a best-of-the-best collection featuring pro-quality food combinations.

Rainbow Turkey Salad


This salad boasts a full spectrum of colors, from pomegranate and carrots to purple cabbage and green avocados. The more colors you have on your plate, the more nutritious your meal is, thanks to the mix of healthy ingredients!

Recipe by PaleoHacks | Rainbow Turkey Salad

Salmon and Bacon Kale Salad


This filling Paleo kale salad makes a great use of leftovers like salmon or crumbled bacon. Don’t skip the step of massaging the kale: it makes it much easier to enjoy the nutritious greens raw and also helps to release their nutrients.

Recipe by PaleoPlan | Salmon and Bacon Kale Salad

Waldorf Salad with Apple Cider Vinegar


This refreshing Waldorf salad is a summertime must, but holds up for any time of the year. Crunchy apples, hearty celery, and sweet grapes are tossed in a creamy and cool dressing for a side dish that pairs perfectly with grilled meats!

Recipe by PaleoHacks | Waldorf Salad with Apple Cider Vinegar

Peach and White Fish Salad


Baked white fish and peaches combine with greens of choice and a zingy dressing to yield a one-of-a-kind salad bowl. This dish is inexpensive, quick, and simple to prepare.

Recipe by Paleo Leap | Peach and White Fish Salad

Autumn Spinach Salad


Salad always seems like a summer meal that you eat in on a breezy patio under sunny weather. While that might be ideal, it can make a delicious cool weather meal with the right ingredients and flavors. This spinach salad is simple, with crunchy apples, and a quick maple mustard dressing that is great for a chilly night when you want something fresh and healthy. Some shredded chicken adds protein, while bacon pairs nicely with the sweetness from the apples and the dressing. This is also a great way to use up leftover chicken.

Recipe by PaleoPlan | Autumn Spinach Salad

Shrimp and Avocado Salad with Light Cilantro Dressing


The cumin in this salad is the secret to bringing out the rich flavor of the cilantro. If you don’t like cilantro, try adding dried parsley instead. The flavor is milder, but will still make the dressing equally delicious!

Recipe by PaleoHacks | Shrimp and Avocado Salad with Light Cilantro Dressing

Crispy Chicken Thai Salad


Cilantro, basil, and mint combine for a trio of herbed perfection and the crispy chicken next to the juicy sweet pineapple will create the perfect finger-licking dinner that will have you wishing for seconds.

Recipe by A Calculated Whisk | Crispy Chicken Thai Salad

Grilled Romaine Salad


Roasting a salad is a unique approach that can separate a side dish from a main meal and this one pairs delicious chicken with roasted tomatoes and Caesar dressing.

Recipe by The Domestic Man | Grilled Romaine Salad

Brussels Sprout and Apple Salad


This hearty Brussels Sprout and Apple Salad is made with shredded Brussels sprouts and chopped sweet apples that come together with a lemony poppy seed dressing. Some toasted pecans add a nutty crunch factor for the perfect salad any time of the year.

Recipe by PaleoPlan | Brussels Sprout and Apple Salad

Turkey Cobb Salad


Turkey isn’t just for the holidays! This salad pairs a classic protein with salad favorites like bacon and tomatoes with the addition of walnuts and a delicious Dijon dressing.

Recipe by PaleoHacks | Turkey Cobb Salad

Rainbow Salad with Grilled Chicken and Raspberry Walnut Dressing


This one-dish meal preps in 30 minutes, for a perfect weeknight dinner or a quick-prep lunch.

Recipe by A Calculated Whisk | Rainbow Salad with Grilled Chicken and Raspberry Walnut Dressing

Clean and Green Paleo Chicken Salad


This rich chicken salad is filled with healthy fats like avocado, egg yolks, and olives. Eat it for lunch, dinner, or a satisfying afternoon snack.

Recipe by Grass Fed Salsa | Clean and Green Paleo Chicken Salad

Sweet Mixed Greens Salad


This Sweet Mixed Greens Salad is the perfect salad to make in the heat of summer, when the strawberries are juicy and at their peak. But truly, it tastes great any time of year and is also a festive salad to serve on Christmas. Almonds and sunflower seeds provide a crunchy texture and the addition of thyme to the dressing gives this Paleo salad recipe a fresh flavor.

Recipe by PaleoPlan | Sweet Mixed Greens Salad

Orange, Avocado, and Cashew Salad


Oranges and cashews together add a zesty Asian flair to this chicken salad that keeps it anything from being same old, same old.

Recipe by PaleoPlan | Orange, Avocado, and Cashew Salad

Lobster and Mango Salad


The sweet and salty combo of this dish will make it a go-to classic for special occasions and the lobster elevates it to a gourmet dinner affair.

Recipe by Paleo Leap | Lobster and Mango Salad

Grilled Salmon with Strawberry Salsa


This super simple arugula salad is the perfect way to showcase salmon, especially next to the sweetness of fresh strawberries.

Recipe by The Roasted Root | Grilled Salmon with Strawberry Salsa

Simple Tuna Salad


It doesn’t get much easier than this simple tuna salad! Packed with protein and healthy omega-3 fatty acids, this Paleo tuna salad tastes great when eaten on its own, served upon a bed of mixed greens, or wrapped up in lettuce leaves.

Recipe by PaleoPlan | Simple Tuna Salad

Pesto Chicken Salad


No more boring chicken salad! The pesto in this dish keeps the chicken from getting dry and will have you polishing off leftovers when no one else is looking.

Recipe by Foraged Dish | Pesto Chicken Salad

Warm Breakfast Salad


Salad for breakfast? You betcha! Especially when it pairs broccoli slaw with butternut squash and a perfectly fried egg.

Recipe by Cotter Crunch | Warm Breakfast Salad

Thai Green Salad with Shrimp and Spicy Almond Dressing


This spicy Thai salad won’t disappoint if you’re looking for a fresh twist on typical salad flavors! It is bold, nutty, spicy and perfect for packing a delicious lunch on the go.

Recipe by Against All Grain | Thai Green Salad with Shrimp and Spicy Almond Dressing

Duck Salad with Balsamic Cherries


Duck breasts are reminiscent of chicken but with a richer flavor and a melt-in-your-mouth texture. If you can’t find duck breasts, you can swap in chicken.

Recipe by Eat Drink Paleo | Duck Salad with Balsamic Cherries