Labor day is upon us, and that means the symbolic end of summer. The kids are heading back to school and the days are becoming cooler. But don’t stuff those white pants away just yet. Everyone has heard of the famous seven layered salad, but I’m sure many of you haven’t ventured into these healthier versions that are still simply divine! Here are a few recipes for the perfect layered salad that you’re guaranteed to love. They’re super easy to prepare and fit the laid back feeling of the holiday perfectly!


Healthy 7 Layer Salad: Okay cashew lovers, get ready to swoon. This 7 layered dish has creamy avocado, rich cashew cream and roasted cherry salsa! Cashew cream?! Have you heard of anything more delicious? (via Clean Cuisine and More)

2. Mexican Shrimp Cobb Salad: Shrimp, avocados, grilled corn, black bean salsa, cucumbers, tomatoes and cheese layer this beautiful salad. It’s also served with a creamy cilantro tomatillo dressing that should totally be used on any of your fiesta inspired salads! (via Skinny Taste)

fruit salad

3. Delicious Layered Fruit Salad: This recipe is sweet and sour in the perfect way. It contains all your favorite fruits and 100% of your daily value of Vitamin C! (photo credit)

4. Layered Quinoa Salad with Beet Vinaigrette: Quinoa is the it grain right now and for good reason–it is totally nutrient dense! It pairs with just about anything, but it really pairs well with hints of coconut. This recipe utilizes that flavor combo with a delicious beet dressing. Plus, have you ever seen a more beautiful food creation?! (via Family Fresh Cooking)

orange ginger dressing salad

5. Whole Foods Inspired Layered Salad with Orange Ginger Dressing: Based on the original Whole Foods salad, but now you can make it in the comfort of your own home whenever you’d like. The ginger dressing is absolutely mouthwatering! (via Oh She Glows)


6. Layered Caribbean Chicken Salad:
In 1 and 1/2 cups of this flavor packed salad, there’s only 450 calories. That may have to do with the choice to use fat free pina colada yogurt rather than a full fat dressing or the mayo found in most layered salads. I absolutely love the tropical twist! (via Pillsbury)