Budget salad price: $2.28 per serving
In place of more pricey protein options like steak or salmon, this springy salad features crispy bacon and deviled eggs. Piles of fresh veggies crank up the vitamin and fiber factor for very little extra dough.
Budget salad price: $2.64 per serving
Sounds crazy; tastes crazy-amazing. This summery salad is built on a bed of grilled romaine lettuce. Lean yet juicy pork loin, tender grilled green beans, and salty feta cheese complete this warm-weather dinner winner.
Budget salad price: $2.00 per serving
A salad that preps itself in the slow cooker? It’s possible! Simmer lean ground beef, beans, salsa, and corn all day for a low-fuss, high-protein lettuce-topper that’s way more affordable than any taco salad you’ll order at a restaurant.
Budget salad price: $2.97 per serving
No more debate over which came first. In this portable mason jar meal, the grilled chicken and hard-boiled egg get mixed together for flavor harmony and ample protein (23 grams!). While we're inching close to the budget limit, this pint-sized meal is a real deal since it comes with a baguette slice on the side.
Budget salad price: $1.87 per serving
Got grains? For a budget-friendly vegetarian salad that actually satisfies, toss in a fiber-rich starch source like wheat berries, barley, quinoa, or bulgur. In addition to being nutrition powerhouses, these grains are among the best deals you'll find at the supermarket. (Each serving of wheat berries in this goat cheese-sprinkled salad will run you just 29 cents!)
Budget salad price: $2.93 per serving
Never pay $10 for a takeout lunch salad again. This well-balanced blend of red quinoa, dried fruit, fresh veggies, and leftover turkey breast is easy to prep the night ahead—and even easier to tote to school or work in an insulated lunch bag.
Budget salad price: $2.87 per serving
With 18 grams of protein and 15 grams of fiber, one bowl of this hearty whole grain salad is all the evidence you need that meatless meals can keep you full for hours. Contrast textures (like crunchy almonds with creamy avocado) and colors (via fiery red pepper dressing and stark-white goat cheese crumbles) to pump up the pleasure factor of any salad.
Budget salad price: $1.48 per serving
Keep your cool with this low-cost, no-cook tuna and bean toss. Make the most of your extra $1.52 by adding a side of Greek yogurt and berries to round out the spread—and cover nearly every nutritional base in one meal.
Budget salad price: $2.41 per serving
Braise handfuls of fresh and canned veggies in your slow cooker, then toss with bites of multigrain bread (the more stale, the better!) for a rainbow-color Mediterranean meal. Each hefty 1-⅔-cup serving offers a nice balance of fiber, protein, and healthy fats in this recipe that will keep your body and budget happy.
Budget salad price: $1.69 per serving
Celebrate fresh summer produce in this recipe of beans, greens, farro, and fresh tomatoes. While each 461-calorie salad is filling as is, the price tag of this vegetarian recipe allows for enough budget wiggle room to splurge on some cooked chicken, shrimp, or steak.
Budget salad price: $2.86 per serving
Stock up on staples like jarred artichoke hearts and refrigerated steamed lentils, then all that's left to do for this stir-and-serve salad is grab some fresh parsley, tomatoes, and cucumber at the farmers market or supermarket. For a hint of tangy, salty goodness, shower each vegetarian entree with a couple tablespoons of feta.
Tip: To cut costs even more cook dry lentils instead of purchasing precooked. Here's how to DIY.
Budget salad price: $2.50 per two-taco serving
Tired of the run-of-the-mill taco salad? Try serving a chopped bean and vegetable salad inside a $1.25 taco! A schmear of guac is the glue that holds the salad ingredients on each flour tortilla.
Budget salad price: $1.58 per serving
Step aside, stuffing. This might just be the most delicious way to put day-old bread to good use! The juicy tomatoes and red wine vinaigrette soak into every crusty corner of baguette.
Tip: This is the ultimate kitchen clean-out recipe. Fold in cubes of any leftover grilled protein for a lot more protein at a low price.
Budget salad price: $2.24 per serving
Canned tuna can be part of an elegant entree! Just consider this 20-minute salad. With fennel, mixed spring greens, tomatoes, and onions, it's just as beautiful and tasty as anything you'd find at a restaurant.
Budget salad price: $2.00 per serving
Introducing: The quintessential cold-weather salad. Loaded with naturally sweet roasted squash and beets and dressed in maple vinaigrette, this affordable salad recipe proves that eating fresh vegetables is within reach any day of the year.
Budget salad price: $1.36 per serving
No need to choose between egg salad and a Mexican-inspired meal—this 20-minute vegetarian lunch combines both in one healthy-fat-packed package. Thicken the dressing by mashing a hard-cooked egg into the citrus-mayo dressing, then spoon it over the avocado, onion, and tomato stacks.
Tip: For a gluten-free crouton, finish with chopped, toasted walnuts instead of toasted bread cubes.
Budget salad price: $2.72 per serving
Start your day on a nutritious note (or enjoy breakfast for dinner!) with fruit and veggie salad sprinkled with bagel croutons. Break open the poached eggs on top to blend the rich, runny egg yolks in with the creamy everything bagel-seasoned yogurt dressing.
Budget salad price: $1.82 per serving
Indian takeout can sometimes err on the oily, carb-heavy side (we see you, deep-fried samosas!), but this no-cook chickpea salad will convince you that Indian recipes are often full of vibrant colors, fresh flavors, and ample nutrition. A simple lemon-curry dressing coats every bite with citrusy goodness, while a side of yogurt and pita make this light meal eat like it has many more calories than its 295-per-bowl.
Budget salad price: $2.53 per serving
A recipe doesn't need to include one leaf of greens to be a "salad." This perfect-for-summer grilled corn, wild rice, and chickpea creation can be served over lettuce—but gets plenty of green goodness by way of avocado and basil.