Signature Texas Salads For A Taste Of The Open Range


Every year, about 45 million Americans decide to go on a diet. Lots of people are willing to put effort into making healthier lifestyle choices for themselves.

But healthy eating… isn’t always satisfying. Everyone knows that they should e eating more greens, but when you look at those salad ingredients in your fridge, it’s easy to feel uninspired.

Why not take some salad inspiration where bigger is better, and everything is bigger?

Try out some of these delicious Texas salads for tasty recipes that will leave you feeling fuller, happier, and a little more down-home!

Tex Mex Salad

Nothing says Texas like the beautiful meshing of American and Mexican cultures in cuisine. If you love that burrito taste, but not so much the calories. This is a fun and healthy salad to try.


  • Romaine Lettuce
  • Chopped Cherry Tomatoes
  • Minced Jalapeno
  • Mexican Mixed Cheese
  • Rinsed Black Beans
  • Chopped Cilantro
  • Grilled Chicken
  • Lime Juice
  • Garlic Powder and Cayenne Powder
  • Green Goddess Dressing


The most complicated step in this easy salad is that you need to shred the chicken. But once you’ve done that, all that’s left is to mix everything in a bowl.

We’ve intentionally left measurements out so that you can decide the ratio that will most satisfy you, but the jalapeno, cheese, lime juice, seasoning, and dressing should be used sparingly. Just a little bit will give this salad that undeniable TexMex taste.

If you’re going vegetarian, you can opt-out of using the chicken and use extra black beans and add pinto beans as a substitution. The fiber and protein from the beans will still leave you feeling full even without the meat.

Refreshing Citrus Salad

One thing about Texas? It’s hot! So they know how to beat the heat with a refreshing salad for lunch.


For the dressing:

  • 3 Tablespoons Orange Juice
  • 1 Tablespoon White Vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1/8 Teaspoon Paprika
  • Dash of Salt

For the salad:

  • Spinach
  • Spring Mix
  • Orange Sections
  • Grapefruit Sections
  • Chopped Yellow Pepper
  • Sliced Red Onion


Make the dressing and the salad separately. Chop up your salad ingredients, and then mix them all. It’s like a classic fruit salad with a twist. And the twist is that you’re getting a full serving of greens and a little kick from the paprika.

If you have time and want to add protein, this recipe goes great with thinly sliced seared steak. That’s right, you can have a steak meal and eat healthily!

Of course, some of the best salads are difficult to make at home and time-consuming to boot. So it’s always alright to choose to go out for a delicious chef-made salad. You may even find inspiration in a restaurant for the next salad you’ll make at home.

Texas Salads That Keep You Satisfied

Salads don’t have to be boring, small, or unsatisfying. These Texas Salads will leave you feeling full and delight the taste buds at the same time.

Want to find more delicious and healthy recipes? Check out more of our cooking tips!

Paul Petersen

The author Paul Petersen