Without these easy salad recipes, I would be lost!

In a crazy and often hectic world, cooking can sometimes become a challenge. These easy salad recipes can be a life-saving solution to the age-old question "what's for dinner?"

And since many of these recipes utilize ingredients most of us tend to keep at home, the answer can be served on a plate in no time at all!

Often served as side dishes or antipasti - Italian-style salads can and DO easily make a meal.

I can't remember how many times a simple cucumber salad made it's way to the center of our kitchen table during the hot summer months.

And although we always had a stock of cucumbers from our yearly garden, you don't have to pick your own veggies to make this dish a part of your culinary repertoire.

easy salad recipe, green salad, romaine lettuce

Another simple, yet satisfying "main course" is a cold pasta salad. Best when tossed with a fresh, homemade Italian dressing and lots of colorful vegetables, it can be prepared well ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator to keep cool.

But if you're looking for a real "side" salad, my absolute FAVORITE is my mom's Italian potato salad.

It is also served cold, so it can be prepared ahead of time. And the best part is there is no mayonnaise involved so the usual calories associated with a "potato salad" are nixed. You can (almost) eat as much of this guilt-free side dish as you like!

Heck, make it a meal .... I do ;-)

More Italian Easy Salad Recipes

caprese salad

Caprese Salad - A light, yet satisfying salad that can be served with or before the main meal.

Cucumber Salad

Cucumber Salad - The perfect summer salad, especially if you use cucumbers grown in your own garden!

Green Salad

Green Salad Recipe - Everyone loves a simple green salad recipe. This one is crunchy and delicious.

Macedonia Fruit Salad

Macedonia Fruit Salad - One of my favorites. This recipe tastes best when you use in-season and ripened fruits to create it.

Italian Potato Salad

Italian Potato Salad - Not your typical Potato Salad recipe, the Italian version is far healthier and tastes great!

Cold Pasta Salad

Cold Pasta Salad - This cold pasta salad recipe packs up nicely so it can be made and chilled hours in advance. Take it on your next picnic or barbecue!

Tomato Salad

Tasty Tomato Salad - Make this as a light accompaniment or just as a light meal. Don't forget the Italian bread when serving this salad, the juices are the best part!