Soups and salads are some of the easiest ways to get a quick fix of nutrition and have a little fun doing it, so it’s no surprise people simply love finding and sharing new recipes and tinkering with old ones. The possibilities are limitless.
In 2018, the Chowhound faithful shared their favorites soup and salad recipes literally *thousands* of times. So in honor of you, we’re rounding up the top 15. From a hummus-inspired cold chickpea and tahini soup to versatile Asian slaws, this list shows off Chowhound’s penchant for global foods and a staunch willingness to have fun with bold flavors.
Without further ado: The best soup and salad recipes of 2018, according to you!
OXO Good Grips Salad Spinner, Large, Clear, $28.89 on Amazon
The easiest way to clean your greens.
Fresh and Wild Mushroom Stew, New York Times
A simple and hearty side, perfect for fall this ragout gets richness from the butter and flour while classic french herbs lend layers of flavor. Perfect as a cold weather accompaniment or as a lighter main course. Try the New York Times’ Fresh and Wild Mushroom Stew recipe yourself.
Kale-Apple Coleslaw with Poppy Seed Dressing, Chowhound
A great, healthy side to serve with burgers and dogs or as a main with grilled chicken or shrimp. Try our Kale-Apple Coleslaw with Poppy Seed Dressing Recipe for yourself.
Totally Bamboo Salad Hands, Bamboo Salad Server Set, $9.95 on Amazon
Toss your salad in style.
Yam and Peanut Stew with Kale, Food52
Few soups pack as many vitamin-rich foods as this Indian-spiced hearty soup. Peanut butter and crushed peanut garnish give it a bonus boost of protein. Try Food52’s Yam and Peanut Stew with Kale recipe for yourself.
Roasted-Chickpea and Kale Salad With Sun-Dried Tomato Vinaigrette, Serious Eats
This healthy chickpea salad has some surprising flavor combos, like fresh mint and toasted pine nuts, which all come together for an unmistakably Mediterranean salad or light summer side. Perfect for a beach day or picnic, as the kale won’t wilt on a warm day or when dressed. Try Serious Eats’ Roasted-Chickpea and Kale Salad With Sun-Dried Tomato Vinaigrette recipe yourself.
Acacia Wood Salad Bowl, $9.95 on Sur La Table
Perfect for salads, snacks and more.
Cold Chickpea-Tahini Soup Recipe, New York Times
If hummus were soup, it would look and taste a little something like this. We ALL love hummus, so it’s no wonder this recipe has been shared so far and wide. Try the New York Time’s Cold Chickpea-Tahini Soup recipe yourself.
Avocado and Grapefruit Salad with Edamame, Bon Appetit
Edamame and pistachios are both great ways to add protein and texture to a salad like with this popular and simple recipe. Try Bon Appetit’s Avocado and Grapefruit Salad with Edamame recipe for yourself.
Kale and Brussels Sprout Salad, Bon Appetit
Power through the week with this healthy kale salad. Shredded brussels and kale create slaw-like vibes. Try Bon Appetit’s Kale and Brussels Sprout Salad recipe for yourself.
Slow Cooker Taco Soup, Chowhound
A truly heroic mid-week lifesaver when you’re low on extra time for complicated cooking adventures. Try our Slow Cooker Taco Soup Recipe for yourself.
Lodge 6 Quart Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven, $59.99 on Amazon
Make the best batches of soup in this Dutch oven.
Roasted Sweet Potato Salad With Chutney Vinaigrette, Serious Eats
Make a batch at the beginning of the week (undressed) and you’ll have a nutrient-packed salad that keeps in the fridge for days. Try Serious Eats’ Roasted Sweet Potato Salad With Chutney Vinaigrette recipe for yourself.
KitchenAid 3-Speed Hand Blender - Contour Silver, $41.33 on Amazon
The easiest way to blend anything.
Asian Slaw with Ginger Peanut Dressing, Serious Eats
If it’s true that we eat with our eyes, then this stunning Asian slaw should have a James Beard award by now. Try Serious Eats’ Asian Slaw with Ginger Peanut Dressing recipe for yourself.
April Bloomfield’s Steamed and Raw Radish Salad with Kimchi and Sesame, Food52
Bloomfield has emerged as one of the premier vegetarian chefs in the country and makes good use of Asian flavors in this bold salad. Try Food52’s April Bloomfield’s Steamed and Raw Radish Salad with Kimchi and Sesame recipe for yourself.
Freekeh Salad, PureWow
Freekah is as fun to make puns with as it is healthy to eat. Try PureWow’s Freekeh Salad recipe for yourself.
Arugula Salad with Shaved Parmesan and Balsamic Vinaigrette, Food Network
My most basic food rule is that if there’s shaved parmesan involved, I’m eating it! Try Food Network’s Arugula Salad with Shaved Parmesan and Balsamic Vinaigrette recipe for yourself.
Chicken Curry Soup with Coconut and Lime, Epicurious
Save a few takeout dollars and make this simple but fragrant and flavorful curry and coconut soup. Try Epicurious’ Chicken Curry Soup with Coconut and Lime recipe for yourself.
Lion’s Head Bowl, $8.00 - $12.00
The most regal way to serve soup.
Raw Asparagus Salad with Breadcrumbs, Walnuts, and Mint, Epicurious
A salad, with fresh mint and crunch from walnuts and toasted breadcrumbs, has almost a gremolata feel to it. Try Epicurious’ Raw Asparagus Salad with Breadcrumbs, Walnuts, and Mint recipe for yourself.
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