9 Praise-Worthy Salads To Lighten Up Your Easter Spread

Shrimp Cobb Salad with Bacon Dressing
Photo: Photo: Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Missie Neville Crawford; Food Styling: Torie Cox

When you've got a big Easter meal to prepare, the last thing you want to worry about is tossing together the greens. But we're here to prove that, just like that Honey-Glazed Ham, the salad can be a show-stopper in its own right. In true Southern style, we've done our Easter salads up with all the appropriate bells and whistles. That means homemade, ranch-inspired Buttermilk Dressing, peak-season heirloom tomatoes dusted with salt, and cobb salad tossed in an addictively salty bacon dressing. All of these salads are quick and easy to prepare, but they are by no means simple. A great salad is multi-dimensional, with various flavors and textures that balance sweet and savory. We love unexpected combinations like clementines and collard greens or watermelon and tomato. By the time Easter rolls around, the Southern heat has already started to crank up, so we've also included a few refreshing fruit salads to round out your meal.

01 of 09

Fresh Fruit Salad

Fresh Fruit Salad
Jen Causey

Recipe: Fresh Fruit Salad

This recipe calls for a variety of fruits and berries, but feel free to use whatever you have on hand. Just don't forget the orange juice-honey dressing!

02 of 09

Herbed Cucumber-and-Tomato Salad

Herbed Cucumber-and-Tomato Salad
Greg DuPree

Recipe: Herbed Cucumber-and-Tomato Salad

This rustic salad combines large chunks of tomato and cucumber with a smattering of fresh herbs.

03 of 09

Shrimp Cobb Salad with Bacon Dressing

Shrimp Cobb Salad with Bacon Dressing
Photo: Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Missie Neville Crawford; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Recipe: Shrimp Cobb Salad with Bacon Dressing

Piled high with shrimp, hard-boiled eggs, avocado, red onion, blue cheese, and much more, this salad exudes elegance and abundance.

04 of 09

Best Waldorf Salad

Waldorf Chicken Salad
Photo: Jennifer Davick

Recipe: Best Waldorf Salad

With apples, grapes, pecans, and a no-fuss mayonnaise dressing, this salad is as simple and classic as it is delicious.

05 of 09

Watermelon, Cucumber, and Feta Salad

Watermelon Salad
Hector Manuel Sanchez; Prop Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller; Food Styling: Katelyn Hardwick

Recipe: Watermelon, Cucumber, and Feta Salad

Keep your Easter spread light, bright, and refreshing with the help of this fruity Watermelon Salad.

06 of 09

Beet, Fennel, and Apple Salad

Beet, Fennel, and Apple Salad
Photo: Hector Manuel Sanchez; Prop Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller; Food Styling: William Smith

Recipe: Beet, Fennel, and Apple Salad

Bright pink and yellow beets will bring a welcome pop of color to your Easter tablescape.

07 of 09

Tomato, Peach, and Corn Salad

Tomato, Peach, and Corn Salad
Photo: Greg DuPree; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke; Food Styling: Cat Steele

Recipe: Tomato, Peach, and Corn Salad

In the South, we love our peaches, and we'll do our best to incorporate them into every course of the meal, including the salad.

08 of 09

Chicken Salad-Stuffed Tomatoes

Chicken Salad-Stuffed Tomatoes
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Kathleen Varner; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Recipe: Chicken Salad-Stuffed Tomatoes

These pre-portioned cups of chicken salad are playful, whimsical, and oh-so-satisfying.

09 of 09

Marinated Watermelon Tomato Salad

Marinated Watermelon Tomato Salad
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Recipe: Marinated Watermelon Tomato Salad

Soak your fruit in a sharp, tangy lime-ginger-mint vinaigrette to infuse it with maximum flavor.

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