Become a Member

Get access to more than 30 brands, premium video, exclusive content, events, mapping, and more.

Already have an account? Sign In

Become a Member

Get access to more than 30 brands, premium video, exclusive content, events, mapping, and more.

Already have an account? Sign In

Brands

Make-Ahead

Next-Level Salads

Time to tap into your kitchen creativity! Our matrix of options will help you build a new dream salad every day of the week.

Get access to everything we publish when you sign up for Outside+.

Everyone has their go-to salad combo that gets them through workday lunches and dinnertime dilemmas. But salads have so much flavor and texture potential – why settle for anything less than a killer combination of veg, proteins, crunchy toppings and dressing?

If you enjoy going beyond the recipe and flexing your creative muscles, check out our mix-and-match salad matrix below. Simply pick an option from each row to create a perfect medley every time. If you’re more of a recipe person, that’s fine, too. We’ve test-driven four delicious salad combinations made from components in the chart so you can just toss and dig in.

Mix and match salad matrix
LEAF ILLUSTRATION BY PENSIRI/SHUTTERSTOCK.COM, CHICKPEA ILLUSTRATION BY GZP_DESIGN/SHUTTERSTOCK.COM, CARROT ILLUSTRATION BY SOPONYONO/SHUTTERSTOCK.COM, ROASTED VEGETABLE ILLUSTRATION BY RUNGROTE/SHUTTERSTOCK.COM, APPLE ILLUSTRATION BY MICHAEL BEETLOV/SHUTTERSTOCK.COM, DRESSING ILLUSTRATION BY FEJAS/SHUTTERSTOCK.COM, CASHEW ILLUSTRATION BY AMORNISM/SHUTTERSTOCK.COM, CHEESE ILLUSTRATION BY BLACKAKALIKO/SHUTTERSTOCK.COM

Prefer to use test kitchen–developed recipes rather than create your own? The recipes in this feature have all been tested until perfect – and we’re salad aficionados with sky-high standards!

Salads

Dressings

Toppers

Next-level Salads - Toppers and Dressings
Photo by Crayola England