Gourmet Salads

Gourmet salads encompass all salads other than green salads. Although I love leafy greens some of my favorite salads come from these recipes, in particular my carrot raisin salad recipe which was adapted from the one of the favorites I enjoyed growing up. I’m also quite fond of the corn salad, and many more for that matter. There are tasty salad recipes here that are not only healthy, but will appeal to almost everyone. Most are simple and easy to make with few ingredients.

Gourmet salads can contain a variety of ingredients, some you would never usually think of putting together. Some of these salads make their own dressing out of the ingredients and others have dressings added.

These types of salads really allow for thinking outside the box. I think most people have a favorite specialty salad from their childhood, one that they love, but others may think a little strange. That salad only seems a little strange to someone because they didn’t grow up eating that combination. At any rate I hope you will post your favorite raw version of your childhood favorite. Beets, fennel, carrots, corn, cabbage, celery, and jicama are a few of the vegetables that can be a base for specialty salads. Nuts and dried fruits seem to be present in many of the recipes below also. And there is one utilizing sprouted grain for those of you who enjoy a very hearty salad.

Something I’ve done all my life is look at dishes I have eaten and liked or recipes I have seen and thought I might like, and modified them to something I know I would really enjoy. These salads are fertile ground for this technique. You can literally look at another recipe and immediately leave out what doesn’t appeal to you, then start grabbing ingredients you do like and see how they might pair up.

Kids Love Gourmet Salads

Making salads is really fun to do with your kids to get them involved in the kitchen and learning about healthy choices. I think everybody should know how to prepare their own healthy meals and teaching kids early is one of the best things you can do for them. They’ll be eating for the rest of their lives so they may as well know how to prepare healthy foods and not rely on someone else to do it for them.

Check out all the recipes below and try the ones that appeal to you. And please come back to check out new recipes as they’re added and to post your own favorite recipes for specialty salads so everyone can enjoy them.

Share Your Favorite Gourmet Salad Recipes

Do you have a great gourmet salad recipe? One that has helped you increase energy, improve health, or eliminate weight? Perhaps one that you simply enjoy for the mouth-watering flavor? Share it here so we can all reap the health benefits and savor the goodness that you created!

Please include the ingredients and preparation instructions to be sure beginners can achieve the same results when recreating your recipe.

Gourmet Salad Recipes

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Spicy Asian Salad with Kimchi 
This is a really fabulous recipe. It’s so easy to make and has huge flavor like a gourmet dish that took hours to create. I loved it so much I made it …

Summer Slaw with Crimini Mushrooms 
This is a nice change up from the usual green salad. It’s quite filling and very juicy which I love. It’s really tasty as is, but you could put some raw …

Spicy Stuffed Tomatoes 
This is a fun recipe for special occasions or when you just feel like putting something together that looks and tastes fabulous, but without a great …

Gazpacho Salad 
This is a great summer time meal that rehydrates the body and satisfies the senses. You can add some hot peppers to spice it up or enjoy as is. A few raw …

Celery Salad 
This is one of those cool crispy salads that can be changed up to suit just about anybody’s taste. The basic dish is sliced celery, chopped flat leaf parsley, …

Spinach Salad With Cashews Avocado and Cranberries 
Prep Time: 5 mins * 4 cups baby spinach, organic * 1/3 cup raw cashews * 1/4 cup dried cranberries, organic * 1/2 avocado, organic …

Fresh Corn Salad  
A number of years ago I ate a version of this Fresh Corn Salad for weeks on end during a time when I was helping my mum sort through 35 years of possessions …

Carrot Raisin Salad 
This Carrot Raisin Salad takes me back to my youth when it was one of my favorite salads. I was always pleased to see my mum had prepared this fresh and …

Fiesta Slaw 
This is another very tasty slaw that everyone will love and only takes 15 -20 minutes to make. Clean-up about 5 minutes more. Process the napa cabbage, …

Beet Salad 
2 shredded beets finely cut beet greens (from tops) 1 cup shredded red cabbage 1 shredded carrot large handful of sunflower sprouts roughly …

Celery, Herb & Olive Salad Not rated yet
I love the crunchy texture and salty balance of flavors in this salad. Celery contains many minerals that help keep the body in balance and provide …

Sweet & Sour Slaw  Not rated yet
Sweet & Sour Slaw is a great tasting slaw that will dazzle your friends and family. It can be a side dish to compliment others or served as main course, …

Parsnips and Greens Not rated yet
Parsnips and Greens is a really good recipe when tender sweet parsnips are available at the markets or from your garden. It’s a great change up from the …

Tahini Lime Coleslaw Not rated yet
I made this for dinner the other night and it was delicious...I ate the whole thing. Ingredients: 1 head green cabbage (approx 3.5 pounds) 1 bunch …

Holiday Slaw Not rated yet
This salad looks festive and the holiday colors will brighten up any holiday spread. It takes a short while to prepare and is very satifying. Ingredients: …

Carrot Salad Not rated yet
3 Bunches of carrots ½ bunch flat leaf parsley large handful of raisins 2 cups fresh peas juice of 1 lemon This is a takeoff on one of …

Helen's Raw Breakfast Not rated yet
Simple, well balanced, and quite tasty. Several large double handfuls of spring lettuce mix 1 orange peeled and cut into bite size pieces 1 banana …

Cruciferous Medley Not rated yet
This is a quick and easy meal yet very satisfying. It fills you up and will keep well in fridge for your lunch the next day. Simply run everything through …

Spinach & Sundried Tomato Salad Not rated yet
This is a super tasty salad, bursting with flavor, and so juicy and moist. 1 pound of fresh spinach large handful of sprouts (I used an alfalfa fennel …

Winter Cabbage Slaw Not rated yet
This is a quick and easy salad to make and it’s really juicy which I love. Ingredients: ½ head napa cabbage finely sliced 1 large carrot grated …

Sprouted Oat Salad Not rated yet
This is a tasty savory salad that is low fat, but also has the calories to carry you to the next meal. No fruit and no added fat. If you’re on a high …

Summer Corn Salad Not rated yet
Romaine (one small-medium head or half a large head) Corn (kernals from one cob) Red pepper (one medium, de-seeded and chopped) Avocado (half …

Watermellon and Fennel Salad Not rated yet
1 small seedless watermellon 1/2 large fennel bulb large handful of arugula (rocket) 1/2 half head of romaine lettuce Dice the watermelon or …

Quintessence's Caesar salad Not rated yet
This was my first RAW gourmet dish. Me and my friend Elin were totally stoked discovering RAW food when we visited NYC last june. We tried a lot of places, …

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Yucatan Salad Not rated yet
1 head purple cabbage (preferably organic) 3 medium carrots 1 big bunch cilantro 1 medium cucumber avocado 1 medium jicama For the …

Cabbage and Cinnamon Salad with Coconut Not rated yet
2 cups shredded cabbage 1 diced Bell Pepper 2 slices of onion diced 2 medium sized diced tomatoes 1/4 tsp cinnamon powder 1/8 tsp sea salt …

Fennel Salad Not rated yet
This is really a refreshing salad no matter what time of year it is. It’s fresh crisp cool taste is an ideal way to start out a meal. 1 large fennel …

Thai Cucumber Salad Not rated yet
I like to use Armenian or Asian cucumbers that have a softer skin and fruit than the cucumber we generally see in the market, but those will do especially …

Sprout Salad Not rated yet
¼ cup sprouted lentils ¼ cup sprouted chick peas ¼ cup sprouted peas 1 handful each of mung bean, alfalfa, sunflower (greens), and fenugreek …

Raw Corn salad Not rated yet
Four ears of fresh corn on the cob Half a bunch of celery Red bell pepper Half a bunch of radishes One small to medium avocado Juice of …

Heirloom tomato salad Not rated yet
A selection of heirloom tomatoes (flexible portions). I like the sweeter ones like the purple cherokee, golden and pineapple ones. Fresh basil …

Green Salad with Cukes and Mangoes Not rated yet
Romaine lettuce (2-3 hearts, or half a large head) Cucumber (2-3 baby, or half large) Mango (2-3 ataulfo, or 1-2 larger variety) Tomato (3-4 medium) …

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