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10 Gourmet chef-inspired salads

Marnely Rodriguez-Murray is the author of the food blog Cooking with Books. A graduate of The Culinary Institute of America, she has worked as an overnight bread baker in Colorado and a chocolate maker in Virginia. She currently resides ...

Tips and tricks for flavorful salads!

As the new year begins, so do our diets. But this year, consider it more of a lifestyle change, and you'll be well on your way to forming a new healthy eating habit. These gorgeous salads will pave the way for you.

Making a gourmet, chef-inspired salad at home is easy if you follow a few simple guidelines and take notes from the salads we've discovered on the internet.

  • Keep it simple. Sure Cobb salads are packed with everything you love, but sometimes less is more. Pick a few key ingredients and showcase them.
  • Be sure to have a balance of flavors. You'll want sweet, acidic and savory in each bite (depending on the salad).
  • Pair different textures. Combine a soft butter lettuce with a crunchy pistachio brittle. A hardy green like kale with a soft, runny egg on top. Textures are what make your salads interesting.
  • Eat the rainbow. A good variety of greens, root vegetables, and colorful vinaigrettes make a salad reach restaurant stature.
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Tropical scallop salad recipe

 10 Gourmet chef inspired salads

This recipe, by blogger Shanna Shad of Pineapple & Coconut, combines great textures from the scallops and mangos, topped off with a crunch from the coconut. The pop of color is also attractive.

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Caprese pasta salad recipe

 10 Gourmet chef inspired salads

Salads don't just have to feature greens. We love this salad with pasta as the base and a light dressing to balance it.

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3

Apple radish slaw recipe

 10 Gourmet chef inspired salads

This slaw is dressed in a honey lime jalapeño vinaigrette that really brings out the flavor in this salad. Blogger Liz over at The Lemon Bowl also shares some health benefits of radishes.

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4

Kale, apple and bacon salad recipe

 10 Gourmet chef inspired salads

The addition of walnuts and bacon gives this salad not only texture, but nutty and savory notes in an otherwise hardy salad.

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5

Thai cabbage salad recipe

 10 Gourmet chef inspired salads

Cabbage salads are not just for the summer months. This flavorful salad by Karen's Kitchen Stories packs a punch with added peanuts for texture and an Asian twist to the classic slaw.

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6

Endive, avocado and bacon salad recipe

 10 Gourmet chef inspired salads

We loved the chipotle ranch dressing Carolyn, blogger at All Day I Dream About Food, pairs perfectly with this salad.

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7

Strawberry avocado salad recipe

 10 Gourmet chef inspired salads

Pairing winter berries with creamy avocado makes for a great seasonal salad.

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Pomegranate citrus quinoa salad recipe

 10 Gourmet chef inspired salads

We love using whole grains as a base for a recipe, and quinoa is our favorite grain to cook up for salads.

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9

Grilled sweet potato salad recipe

 10 Gourmet chef inspired salads

Classic winter root vegetables, these sweet potatoes are cooked on the grill and packed with flavor.

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10

Skinny broccoli salad recipe

 10 Gourmet chef inspired salads

Not only is broccoli a great base for salads, but it's very filling and tasty.

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More salad recipes

Warm Thai chicken salad
Roasted beet salad with tangerine vinaigrette
Chickpea and black lentil salad with feta

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