15 Healthy Chopped Salad Recipes that Are Anything but Boring

Southwest-Style Salad with Pickled Jalapeno Dressing on white plates
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Healthy salads can be bursting with flavor, color, and texture as these recipes prove. Filled with tasty ingredients and bold flavors, these chopped salad recipes are great for lunch, dinner, or any time you need a veggie boost. The quick salad recipes won't slow you down, either. Bonus: Most of them are ready in 30 minutes or less.

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Steak Salad with White Beans and Peppers

Steak Salad with White Beans Peppers and Greek Yogurt Ranch Dressing
Jacob Fox

Instead of potatoes on the side, dress up tonight's steak dinner by serving it with a showstopper chopped salad. Navy beans, sweet piquanté peppers, and a mix of lettuce and arugula make a tasty salad that's way more interesting and flavorful than a plain baked potato. Plus, the Greek yogurt-ranch dressing keeps the calorie count low (under 500), while still getting a whopping 35 grams of protein from the steak and beans.

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Mexican Chopped Chicken Salad with Jalapeño Dressing

Mexican Chopped Salad with Jalapeño Dressing
Jason Donnelly

This Mexican chopped salad has all your favorite taco ingredients, plus a few tasty extras. Romaine lettuce, chicken, avocado, and grape tomatoes might be common additions to your taco bar, but this salad recipe mixes it up with hominy and mango slices. Serve with a spicy homemade jalapeño dressing, queso fresco, and crispy pumpkin seeds to make it really stand out.

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Kale Falafel Salad with Toasted Pine Nuts

Kale Falafel Salad with Toasted Pine Nuts and Hummus
Carson Downing

Got a few leftover veggies hanging around? This recipe is a great way to use them up. Toss your spare red onion, fresh herbs, and spinach into this easy delicious kale salad for a tasty lunch or dinner. To speed this recipe along, you can use frozen falafel or, if you're feeling ambitious, make your own!

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French Chopped Salad

French Chopped Salad
Karla Conrad

We can't promise that making this fresh chopped salad will turn you into a French chef, but it will bring a taste of France to your kitchen. Packed with fresh ingredients like green beans, romaine lettuce, and English cucumbers, this salad gets better with each bite. Top it off with a French-inspired homemade vinaigrette with Champagne vinegar, honey, and fresh tarragon.

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Greek-Inspired Quinoa Salad with Lemon-Feta Dressing

Greek-Inspired Quinoa Salad with Lemon-Feta Dressing
Carson Downing

Here's a protein-packed chopped salad recipe that doesn't include any meat. Chickpeas and quinoa help bring the protein count to 15 grams per serving. Finish with pita chips for extra crunch and a drizzle of quality olive oil to bring everything together.

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Winter Bulgur Salad with Olive Dressing

Winter Bulgur Salad with Olive Dressing
Andy Lyons

This healthy chopped salad recipe starts with bulgur and ends with homemade olive dressing and crumbles of feta cheese. In between, mix in fresh veggies like cauliflower, chicories, and chopped celery. To make this salad super enticing, layer the ingredients in a trifle bowl so you can see each veggie.

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Spicy Salad with Roasted Veggies

Spicy Salad with Roasted Veggies
Carson Downing

Prepare for an explosion of flavor! This hearty chopped salad recipe features roasted sweet potatoes, carrots, and delicata squash. Tossed in a fresh, slightly spicy dressing (thanks to the nutty homemade suya spice blend), you'll be coming back for second helpings.

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Mexican Edamame and Couscous Salad

Mexican Edamame and Couscous Salad
Jason Donnelly

This chop salad recipe will have you excited to make a salad for dinner (or lunch). This vibrant, healthy Mexican salad recipe takes only 30 minutes to make, but it's packed with good-for-you ingredients like couscous, black beans, and tons of fresh veggies. Shake together a simple cilantro dressing to drizzle on top, and this Mexican recipe will taste even better than takeout.

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Farro, Chickpeas, and Greens

Farro, Chickpeas, and Greens
Andy Lyons

Utilizing plant-based ingredients such as chickpeas and farro bulk up this easy vegetarian salad's nutritional value with 16 grams of protein per serving. You'll also get a healthy dose of fiber. The vinaigrette is made with some lemon juice, garlic, and olive oil for a simple dressing that really helps meld the flavors together.

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Chopped Chef's Salad

Chopped Chef’s Salad
Karla Conrad

It's good to have a delicious chef's salad recipe in your repertoire, so keep this one handy. It's a simple salad recipe, but fresh ingredients like chopped cucumbers, tomatoes, and romaine make it a tasty treat. And thanks to chopped turkey breast (use leftovers if you have them!) and hard-cooked eggs, it's 21 grams of protein to keep you going for hours.

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Southwest-Style Salad with Pickled Jalapeño Dressing

Southwest-Style Salad with Pickled Jalapeño Dressing
Brie Passano

This Southwest-style chopped salad is loaded with so many delicious ingredients you just might lose track of the lettuce. Spicy chicken, red cabbage, avocado, corn, and grape tomatoes are just a few. And instead of croutons, keep the Southwest theme going by sprinkling your salad with broken tortilla chips.

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Chopped Green Salad

Chopped Green Salad
Andy Lyons

This easy chopped salad recipe is loaded with greens such as spinach, cucumbers, broccoli, green beans, and edamame. That's a ton of veggies, but they're so tasty, especially with a fresh herb dressing. You'll get a generous helping of vitamins A and K here as well as calcium. We also snuck a serving of fruit into this salad while sticking to the "green" theme by mixing in green grapes.

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Fresh Taco Salad

This zesty taco salad recipe has a hint of heat thanks to fresh jalapeño pepper slices sprinkled throughout. Of course, that's not the only attraction. It also has fresh corn, tomatoes, avocado, and black beans on a bed of mixed salad greens. If you want this salad to be a more filling meal, try adding some cooked chicken breast to it! Drizzle everything with cilantro ranch dressing, then dive in fork-first.

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Chopped Holiday Salad

Chopped Holiday Salad
Sang An Photography

This fresh chopped salad recipe is certainly special enough to serve during the holidays, but there's also no reason why you can't make it all year-round. The ingredients (green peppers, cucumber, rsed radicchio, and radishes) make it a festive and healthy holiday treat for less than 200 calories per serving. For the best flavors, make this salad ahead of time (up to 24 hours), then let the veggies soak in the dressing in the fridge.

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Grilled Watermelon Salad

Grilled Watermelon Salad
Jason Donnelly

If you haven't had melon in a salad before, you should definitely give it a shot. Grilling slices of watermelon add a nice charred flavor to the fruit in this chopped salad featuring healthy quinoa, romaine, avocado, and freshly-pickled radish. The honey-lime dressing is the perfect sweet and tangy finish to this summer salad.

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