Quick and Healthy Salad Recipes

Whether it's tossed with fresh fruit or your favorite vegetable, salads are a blank canvas for adding in healthy ingredients. Choose from one of our healthy main-dish salad recipes. They're all low in fat, full of protein, and less than 400 calories.

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    Fresh Taco Salad

    Whip up a healthy, fiesta-ready salad in less than 30 minutes. Ours features a kaleidoscope of fresh ingredients, such as jicama, corn, queso fresco, and creamy avocado. Top it all off with our garlicky cilantro-ranch dressing.

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    Shrimp and Rice Noodle Salad

    Add a little Asian flair to your dinner routine with the help of dried rice noodles, shrimp, snow pea pods, and serrano chile peppers. Coat the salad in a store-bought Asian dressing, grab your chopsticks, and enjoy.

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    Indian Garbanzo Bean Salad with Pitas

    A colorful medley of fiber-filled chickpeas, juicy red tomatoes, and other crisp veggies served with store-bought pita rounds makes a hearty, quick dinner idea. Lemon juice, high in vitamin C, brightens the flavor when infused into the cumin-citrus dressing.

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    How to Make Quick Salad Dressing

    Grab a screw-top jar and get shaking! We'll show you how to make a quick and easy homemade salad dressing using ingredients right out of your pantry.

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    Asparagus and Shrimp Salad

    Asparagus and your favorite salad greens fill this zesty shrimp salad with antioxidants and vitamins. Shrimp and veggies are tossed in a homemade orange-infused garlic dressing for a simple main-dish salad recipe under 250 calories!

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    Maple Mahi Mahi Salad

    Quick-cooking fish and a so-simple salad dressing make this protein-packed salad recipe a snap to make. While the fish cooks, you can assemble the rest of the salad fixings for a healthy dinner in 30 minutes.

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    Stone Fruit Salad with Baked Goat Cheese Coins

    Ripe, juicy peaches pack this salad with vitamin A, while rosemary-coated goat cheese provides a creamy fix of calcium. Combine vinegar, oil, mustard, and garlic in a screw-top jar to create the simple dressing to top this healthy salad.

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    Wilted Chicken Salad with Pomegranate Dressing

    Dress up your traditional chicken salad in pretty pomegranate seeds and soft spinach leaves. The two combine to create an antioxidant-rich salad that pairs wonderfully with crunchy onions and almonds.

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    Pork Tenderloin with Cucumber-Mango Salad

    Tender roasted pork rubbed with brown sugar and five-spice powder contrasts deliciously alongside a chilled mango, cucumber, and jalapeno salad.

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    Cilantro-Lime Pasta Salad

    Stir up a healthy, company-worthy salad in just 30 minutes. This whole wheat pasta salad is filled with fresh ingredients, including mango, smooth avocado, onions, and sweet peppers. For a little kick, toss and coat in our cayenne-lime dressing.

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    Pan-Seared Pork and Fried Green Tomato Salad

    Cornmeal-coated tomatoes and golden pork top this nutrient-rich watercress salad, while bottled sweet-and-sour sauce gives it a lively, simple coating.

    Editor's Tip: Like to change things up? Use bread crumbs in place of cornmeal to coat tomatoes, and replace blue cheese with shaved Parmesan cheese.

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    Mediterranean Chicken Salad with Greek Dressing

    Kalamata olives give this healthy baby greens salad a Mediterranean flair. The salad also sports fork-tender chicken, pickled veggies, and purchased Greek salad dressing for an all-in-one meal.

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    Wilted Spinach and Tilapia Salad

    Rich in iron and high in calcium, spinach makes the perfect base for this heart-healthy tilapia salad. Toss in roma tomatoes and button mushrooms for pops of fresh, juicy flavor.

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    Shrimp and Watercress Salad

    Dive into this two-step shrimp salad featuring fresh asparagus, cherry tomatoes, and watercress. The peppery, leafy green tastes delicious when balanced in flavor by bottled berry vinaigrette.

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    Sesame Chicken Salad

    In just 20 minutes, you can make a zesty dinner salad that's less than 200 calories. Ours features whole baby corn, ruby-red radishes, and savory chicken on a bed of crisp greens. For a bit of zing, toss it in a homemade orange-sesame dressing.

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    Spaghetti and Corn Relish Salad

    Sweet pepper, summer squash, cucumber, and corn straight off the cob give this multigrain pasta salad amazing summer flavor. Toss in a homemade vinegar-mustard dressing for delicious twang.

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    Gingered Beef and Broccoli Salad Bowl

    Succulent steak and crisp veggies load this healthy, five-ingredient spinach salad with flavor and nutrition. Dress it up with an easy bottled ginger vinaigrette.

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    Smoked Salmon and Melon Salad

    Layer fresh melon, blueberries, fennel, and smoked salmon in a large salad bowl to create a beautiful, healthy salad. Serve with our snappy yogurt-cardamom dressing for bursts of lemon-garlic goodness.

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    Fresh and Light Dinner Recipes

    From salads to pasta dishes, we've compiled a list of our favorite easy and light dinner recipes. These fresh recipes all make for a delicious dinner that the whole family will love.
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