Use this list of salads as your reference for when you’re serving up a curry dish.
You know what goes well with curry?
And we’ve got the 28 best ones right here, so you can make sure your next dinner party is a hit.
From Caesar salad to pasta salad and even potato salad, there’s something for everyone on this list!
So go ahead and give them a try—you’ll be glad you did.
What Salad Goes with Curry Dishes?
There are many salads that go well with curry dishes. A cucumber salad, for example, works well because the cucumbers are crunchy and cool and are a great way to balance out the warm spices of a curry dish. A tomato salad also works well with curries because the tomatoes add a nice acidity that can help cut through some of the richness of a curry.
Here are 28 salads that go well with curry dishes:
This is a simple salad that pairs well with just about any type of curry.
It’s also easy to make—just slice up some cucumbers and tomatoes (or use cherry tomatoes), sprinkle on some salt, pepper and lemon juice, then toss together!
If you’re looking for something a little more filling, this one will hit the spot!
Just grate some carrots into ribbons, add raisins and cilantro, then toss with olive oil, vinegar and salt/pepper to taste.
3. Potato Salad
This one isn’t exactly a traditional salad but instead an American classic side dish!
You’ll need potatoes (of course), hard-boiled eggs (optional), mayonnaise (a lot), mustard (optional), pickles (optional) and green onion tops (optional).
4. Corn Salad
This salad pairs well with both sweet and spicy curries because it has a bit of crunchiness from the corn kernels and texture from the black beans—which also add some protein.
To make this salad, start by boiling your corn kernels until they’re soft enough to eat but still have a bit of crunchiness left.
Then add a handful of cherry tomatoes (cut in half), black beans, diced red onion, chopped cilantro and parsley leaves (or any other herbs you like) then toss together until everything is evenly distributed throughout the mixture.
You can also add salt and pepper along with any other seasonings like garlic powder or dried oregano if desired!
Spinach salads are great because you can make them ahead of time and they’ll keep for days without getting soggy or wilting away into nothingness.
They’re also super versatile in terms of what kind of dressing you can use for them; if you want something lighter and more refreshing, try using yogurt-based dressings like tzatziki or raita; if you want something more traditional Western style, try using vinaigrettes or even mayonnaise-based dressings like ranch!
6. Beet Salad
A beet salad might sound weird at first sight—but don’t knock it until you try it!
These beautiful vegetables work really well when paired with Indian-inspired curries because they’re so spicy themselves.
This light and crunchy salad is a great way to add fiber to your diet while enjoying the sweet and savory flavors of your favorite curry dish.
Just toss together bean sprouts, carrots, radishes and cucumbers with a dressing made from soy sauce, vinegar and sesame oil for an easy side dish that goes great with any kind of curry!
If you’re looking for something a little different, try a cabbage salad.
It’s made with carrots and red cabbage, but you can use any kind of cabbage you like best!
Just chop up the veggies into bite-size pieces and mix them together with mayonnaise, vinegar, mustard powder and salt & pepper until they’re well combined.
Then refrigerate for 30 minutes before serving so the flavors have time to blend together nicely!
9. Radish Salad
Radishes are great for adding crunchy texture to any salad (and they pair really well with spicy foods).
If you have a spicy curry dish waiting on the table, this is one way to add some freshness and crunch without overwhelming your mouth!
This salad is healthy, crunchy and fresh—it’s perfect for pairing with heavier curries like masala or madras sauce.
Just blanch your green beans for about 5 minutes, then toss them with olive oil, salt and pepper before serving!
11. Broccoli Salad
Broccoli salad pairs well with mild curries like korma or madras.
You can make this salad using just about any vegetable you want—broccoli, carrots, cauliflower or even raisins!
Just chop them up into bite-sized pieces and toss them in mayonnaise dressing sprinkled with lime juice, salt and pepper.
The flavors will meld together for a delicious meal!
12. Fruit Salad
Fruit salads are another great choice for a curry accompaniment because they have a lot of flavor and texture contrast between the soft fruit and crunchy nuts or crispy lettuce leaves.
If you want to add some color to your plate, try mixing together red apples, kiwi slices, orange segments, blueberries and strawberries!
13. Greek Salad
Greek salad is an excellent companion for mild curries like tikka masala or korma because the feta cheese adds a nice tangy flavor that brings out the spices in the curry.
You can also add olives if you’re looking for something extra salty!
Pasta salad is an excellent choice for pairing with more hearty curries like vindaloo or rogan josh.
Since pasta absorbs dressing really easily, it’s important to dress the pasta right before serving—otherwise you’ll have soggy pasta!
To make your own dressing, whisk together olive oil, red wine vinegar (or apple cider vinegar), salt, pepper and garlic powder until thoroughly combined—then add in any other ingredients like spinach or tomato chunks last minute so they don’t get completely wilted by the time you’re ready to eat!
15. Egg Salad (cold)
Egg salad is another great option for pairing with curry because it’s mild enough that it won’t overpower the flavor of your curry dish.
Just mix cooked eggs with mayonnaise and seasonings like salt and pepper until you have something spreadable – then spread it on bread for sandwiches or eat by itself!
You can also add chopped celery or bell peppers if you want more crunch!
This is another great one for when you want something light yet filling after a big meal.
Tuna fish salad tastes delicious as-is, but if you want to kick it up a notch add some chili powder or even some cilantro!
17. Avocado Salad
This is another simple salad that pairs well with just about any type of curry dish.
Slice up an avocado into thin slices, then add some onion (thinly sliced), tomato (chopped), salt and pepper along with some lemon juice or vinegar for dressing!
This is an easy summertime favorite that pairs well with just about any type of curry dish!
Simply top sliced avocado halves with diced tomatoes, onions and cilantro leaves; then drizzle on lime juice before serving (or use as a chip dip).
19. Edamame Salad
An edamame salad is made with soybeans that have been boiled until tender but still retain their shape.
They’re great on their own or added to other dishes like this one!
Just boil your edamames in water until they’re tender (about 10 minutes), drain them, toss them in some soy sauce then serve alongside your curry dish for an extra boost of protein! You can also add other vegetables like carrots or bell peppers if you want more greens in there too!
20. Tabbouleh Salad
Tabbouleh makes for a great pairing with Indian curries because it’s got plenty of fresh herbs (which go really well with Indian flavors) and crunchy textures that help cut through the spiciness of the curries.
Plus, tabbouleh is super easy to make: just combine chopped parsley, mint leaves, scallions or green onions (or a combination thereof) with bulgur wheat, lemon juice and olive oil or soy sauce!
You can serve this cold or at room temperature—either way will taste great with your favorite curry dish!
21. Quinoa Salad
This is another simple salad that goes well with almost any type of curry dish.
Just cook up some quinoa (following the instructions on the box), add some chopped veggies like carrots or bell peppers if you want extra crunchy texture and color contrast in your dish!
Then add some other fresh ingredients like basil or cilantro for freshness or mint leaves for an aromatic flavor boost.
If you’re looking for something filling yet light, this is the one for you!
The chicken will help keep you full longer while the dressing keeps things interesting.
Just cook up some chicken breast (seasoned however you like), chop it up into cubes and toss together with your favorite greens (we’re partial to spinach).
In this recipe we combine fresh spinach leaves with thinly sliced apples, crumbled goat cheese and dried cranberries for a sweet and tart flavor combination that goes perfectly with curries like chicken tikka masala or lamb vindaloo.
You can also add other ingredients like pine nuts or walnuts if you want to add some crunchy texture to it!
This is another great option for any type of curry dish because it’s hearty enough to stand up to the spices without getting overwhelmed by them.
To make this salad, boil cauliflower florets until tender, then drain and rinse under cold water until cool enough to handle before roughly chopping them into small pieces.
Combine the chopped cauliflower with olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper in a large bowl until combined well before covering loosely with plastic wrap and refrigerating for at least 30 minutes before serving!
This is a unique take on cabbage slaw that’s great for people who want something more interesting than traditional coleslaw but don’t want anything too spicy or exotic.
To make it, simply shred some cabbage, add some carrots and bell peppers, then stir in some soy sauce, fish sauce (optional), lime juice and sugar until well combined—add more or less according to taste!
26. Fattoush Salad
Fattoush is an Arabic salad made with pita bread pieces mixed in with cucumber, tomato slices and mint leaves along with olive oil dressing—it’s perfect for pairing with any kind of Middle Eastern dish like shawarma or hummus!
27. Arugula Salad
Arugula is a peppery green that has a slightly bitter taste which makes it an excellent choice for pairing with spicy foods like curry.
This salad is quick and easy, too—just wash your arugula thoroughly then toss it with some olive oil, lemon juice and salt/pepper!
This recipe is super versatile—you can use any kind of noodle you like or have on hand (soba works great too!).
The dressing is made from an easy mix of soy sauce, lime juice and garlic; simply whisk it together until combined then toss with your noodles and veggies for a fresh twist on this classic dish.
28 Salads That Go Well with Curry Dishes
- Cucumber and Tomato Salad
- Carrot and Raisin Salad
- Potato Salad
- Corn Salad
- Spinach Salad
- Beet Salad
- Bean Sprout Salad
- Cabbage Salad
- Radish Salad
- Green Bean Salad
- Broccoli Salad
- Fruit Salad
- Greek Salad
- Pasta Salad (cold)
- Egg Salad (cold)
- Tuna Fish Salad (cold)
- Avocado Salad
- Tomato Avocado Salad
- Edamame Salad
- Tabbouleh Salad
- Quinoa Salad
- Curried Chicken Salad
- Green Apple Salad
- Cauliflower Rice Salad
- Thai Style Cabbage Slaw
- Fattoush Salad
- Arugula Salad
- Asian Noodle Salad
- Pick your favorite salad from this list to serve with your curry dinner.
- Prepare the ingredients according to the recipe.
- Be ready to munch in no time!