Main-Dish Salads

Say so long to side-dish salads and hello to hearty main-dish salad recipes! Made with good-for-you ingredients plus fun toss-ins such as avocado and roasted squash, these main-dish salads are anything but a side note. Best of all, they each have 10 or more grams of protein—so you know they're dinner-worthy.

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    Grilled Steak Salad with Fresh Horseradish Dressing

    That's right, you can have grilled steak for dinner in less than 45 minutes! While the steak is cooking, add the finishing touches to a veggie-filled salad for a hearty, delish weeknight dinner. 

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    Barley and Edamame Salad with Red Pepper Drizzle

    For a new twist on spinach salad, try this recipe packed with barley and edamame. With a unique roasted red pepper dressing, this salad is anything but boring.

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    Mexican Chopped Chicken Salad with Jalapeno Dressing

    With all of the ingredients lined up in rows, this zesty salad is almost too pretty to eat. Not only does it look gorgeous, but serving on a platter lets each diner at the table build his own special salad!

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    Cobb Salad Grilled Chicken

    You can never go wrong with a classic Cobb salad. Even when you add grilled chicken breast to this one, it will still only take you 50 minutes to throw together.

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    Picadillo-Style Chicken Taco Salad

    Taco salad is a surefire supper star, and the fact that this loaded salad only takes 30 minutes to make is just an added bonus. Top plenty of shredded lettuce with ground chicken, tomatoes, and crushed tostado shells, and this Mexican dinner just might win out over your usual taco night.

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    White Bean Tuna Salad

    We're not sure what we love most about this salad: the yummy combination of cannellini beans, tuna, and arugula, or the fact that it only takes 20 minutes to prepare. Either way, it's our go-to choice for an easy and well-balanced dinner!

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    Smoked Chicken Salad with Broken Raspberry Vinaigrette

    Think raspberries and greens are an odd couple? Think again! Fresh raspberries help make a mouthwatering vinaigrette for dressing this smoked chicken salad, and sprinkling a few on top at the end adds a delicious burst of freshness.

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    Chickpea and Freekah Salad

    Don't stress about dinner tonight—you can make this main-dish salad up to 4 hours ahead of time. With chickpeas, freekah, and avocado, this salad is sure to hold off hunger for hours.

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    Delicata Squash Salad with Pork Medallions

    Bacon, pork tenderloin, and satisfying squash make spinach a mere afterthought (a very nutritious afterthought!) in this main-dish salad recipe.

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    Quick Scallop and Noodle Salad

    Craving noodles for dinner? Skip the extra carbs and dig in to these zoodles instead. Fresh spinach, cucumber, and radishes help make this salad a veggie-packed meal.

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    Tuscan Tuna Salad

    This so-easy salad requires no cooking and is ready in just 10 minutes. Tuna and cannellini beans pack this salad with protein, while arugula and cherry tomatoes crank up the vitamins.

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    Power Kale Salad

    Packed with baked chicken breast, orange slices, kale, and pears, this salad is sure to be a satisfying meal. With 35 grams of protein, a serving will definitely make you feel powerful.

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    Papaya and Coconut Chicken Salad

    This is no ordinary salad. Coconut-crusted chicken, blueberries, and papaya give this salad more than a touch of sweetness. But it's not all sweet in this salad—cayenne pepper adds a hint of heat.

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    Shrimp and Quinoa Salad

    With just five ingredients, it doesn't get much easier than this yummy shrimp salad. Combine grilled shrimp with quinoa, oranges, and spinach, then drizzle with dressing for a hearty and healthy meal.

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    Pecan and Collard Chicken Salad

    Chiffonade your way to ribbons upon ribbons of gorgeous greens. Sided with orange slices, bacon, and seasoned chicken, this salad won't be ready to eat until you snap an Insta first.

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    Grilled Pork and Veggie Salad

    Hearts of romaine get steamy, thanks to a quick flip on the grill. Pair the charred greens with pork and onions for one of the hottest salads to ever grace your plate.

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    Summer Spaghetti Salad

    Spaghetti isn’t the only noodle in this summer salad. String cheese and squash spirals make this seasonal salad as fun to make as it is to eat!

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    Chicken and Winter Greens Salad

    No iceberg lettuce here. Turn to radicchio, endive, and kale for a hearty (and colorful) base, then shake it up with our secret Dijon-balsamic dressing.

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    Farro and Fruit Salad

    Blueberries, salty pistachios, and pearly farro—could this salad get any better? Drizzle it with lemon vinaigrette for the freshest finish your salad has ever had.

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    Sprouts, Avocado, and Apple Salad

    Avocado? You don’t even have to ask. The trendy veggie joins crisp apples and lemon-drizzled sprouts for a surprisingly delish mix. Did we mention there are pumpkin seeds?

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    Zesty Salmon Pasta Salad

    Salmon never tasted so good thanks to a speedy marinade featuring soy and Asian sweet chili sauce. Lasagna noodles and veggies round out the salad.

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    Pickled Cantaloupe Salad

    Don't let the cantaloupe fool you: This vegetarian salad isn't all sweet. Pickled in apple cider vinegar and paired with spicy-hot serrano peppers, it's the dinner salad you never expected.

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    Pear and Brussels Sprouts Slaw

    Pears and sprouts: an unlikely duo we can't help but love. Combine with dates, walnuts, and a sprinkling of Parm for sweetness, crunch, and salty tang.

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    New Potato, Avocado, and Egg Salad

    Potato salad meets Cobb salad in this summer-inspired stunner. Mix red potatoes, avocado slices, and tomatoes in a creamy mayonnaise dressing, then serve over lettuce with hard-cooked eggs for a hearty and delicious meal.

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    Greens and Barley Salad

    This good-for-you salad is about the veggies, but it also has plenty of barley to keep your stomach from growling later. If you want this salad to look even more enticing, slice the carrots into ribbons instead of the usual sticks or cubes.

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    Chicken, Tomato, and Cucumber Dinner Salad

    It might be missing traditional greens, but that doesn't make this dinner salad any less good (or good for you!). Skillet-cooking chicken tenders helps you get this meal on the table fast, while fresh tomatoes and cucumbers add a veggie boost.

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    Maple Mahi Mahi Salad

    Make your fish dinner even healthier by serving your seafood with a bright green salad. For your next catch of the day, pair mouthwatering mahi mahi with edamame, napa cabbage, and pea pods.

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    Spinach Salad with Chicken and Herb-Toasted Walnuts

    This salad starts with plenty of fresh spinach and ends with orange slices, jicama, and a sprinkle of blue cheese. Dressed with a zippy homemade vinaigrette, you'll have no problem convincing even your pickiest eater to finish her spinach.

  • Next Slideshow Grain Salads

    Grain Salads

    Quinoa, couscous, barley, bulgur, and other grains are the perfect base for a salad that is packed full of flavor and nutrients. Our grain salads capture the essence of each grain and capitalize on their health benefits to ensure a well-rounded dish. Try one of our grain salad recipes for dinner tonight!
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