May is National Salad (and Hamburger) Month!

It may sound like an odd juxtaposition, but it is possible to include both well-dressed greens and meat in your healthy-eating repertoire.

When composing your salad, ditch the chemical-laden bottled dressings and make your own. For a better burger choose grass-fed beef or lamb to maximize antioxidants and healthy fats. We’ve gathered some of our favorite recipes for both from the Experience Life archives. Enjoy!

Dress Up Your Salad: Salad Dressings

Eight easy and healthy salad dressings you can make at home.

 Let There Be Salad

There’s no end to the creative and delicious things you can do with packaged salad greens — if you use your imagination.

Healthy Salad Dressings (Slideshow)

Use these healthy dressings to create tasty salads all summer long.

Salad Tools (Slideshow)

Salads are a great addition to any meal. Use these great tools to make your prepping a even easier.

Show Me How: Homemade Salad Dressings With Betsy Nelson (Video)

Homemade-Salad-Dressings-Video

Quick and easy tips to make your own French vinaigrette at home.

Upgrade Your Lunch: A Salad Reborn

Turn your predictable salads into healthy, energizing meals.

Thai-Inspired Bok Choy and Pineapple Salad

This fresh summer salad can be prepped the day before, but toss the salad ingredients with the dressing right before serving for the freshest taste. Try adding 1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper for more color. If you can’t find Thai basil, use regular basil. If you don’t care for fish sauce, substitute tamari or soy sauce.

Turkish Chopped Salad Recipe

Make this recipe your own! Add other raw veggies like slivered red cabbage, fennel, or a few hot peppers. Toss in green olives instead of black, or roasted red peppers instead of raw.

Winter Citrus Salad With Parsley, Fennel and Walnut

Recipe excerpted from The Healthy Hedonist Holidays by Myra Kornfeld (Simon & Schuster, 2007).

Watercress, Citrus, and Avocado Salad 

Change up this classic salad by trying other combinations: dandelion greens with a balsamic and dried-cherry vinaigrette, or arugula with a warm pancetta dressing and shaved Parmesan. For a heartier salad, add diced smoked turkey or chicken, or a crumble of cooked bacon.

Brussels Sprouts and Apple Salad

This recipe is terrific with a variety of other dressings, including raspberry vinaigrette. To save on preparation time, you can thinly slice or shred the sprouts in a food processor instead of pulling apart individual leaves.

More Salad Recipes

Hamburger Goodness

What’s the Beef?

A whopper of a question. And the answer food writer Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl offers makes a strong case for knowing your rancher and farmer.

Grass-Fed Goodness: Beef

High in antioxidants, essential fatty acids, vitamins and minerals, meat from pasture-fed cattle is a nourishing delicacy.

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