25 Main Dish Salad Recipes Perfect for Fresh Weeknight Meals
Grilled Flank Steak Salad
That's right, you can have grilled steak for dinner in less than an hour! While the steak is cooking, you'll also throw some corn, bell peppers, and green onions over the fire. All that smoky flavor makes a delicious main dish salad that looks like it came from a fancy restaurant.
Barley and Edamame Salad with Red Pepper Drizzle
For a new twist on spinach salad, try this main course salad packed with whole-grain barley and edamame. The creamy avocado and crunchy almonds add texture while getting the plant-based protein count to 18 grams per serving. With a unique roasted red pepper dressing, this salad is anything but boring.
Mexican Chopped Chicken Salad with Jalapeño Dressing
When they say eat the rainbow, this main dish salad recipe definitely fits the ticket. With all of the ingredients lined up in rows, it's almost too pretty to eat. Not only does it look gorgeous, but serving on a platter lets each diner at the table build their own special salad.
Grilled Pork and Peach Salad
Picadillo-Style Chicken Taco Salad
Taco salad is a surefire summer main meal 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-inspired dinner just might win out over your usual taco night.
White Bean Tuna Salad
We're not sure what we love most about this main course 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.
Chickpea and Freekah Salad
Beef and Blue Cheese Salad with Honey-Horseradish Dressing
Beef, quinoa, cheese, fruit, and veggies in one bowl make the ultimate main course salad. The longest part of making this 25-minute meal is waiting for the quinoa to cook. So if you like to plan ahead, make a batch of the whole grain to keep in the fridge so supper salads like these come together even faster.
Quick Scallop and Noodle Salad
Craving noodles for dinner? Skip the extra carbs and dig into these fresh zucchini noodles (aka zoodles) instead. Fresh spinach, cucumber, and radishes help make this main dish salad a veggie-packed wonder. Use our Test Kitchen's tips for cooking scallops to non-rubbery perfection.
Salmon Salad with Strawberry Vinaigrette
Grilled Corn and Halloumi Salad
If you haven't had the pleasure of indulging in halloumi cheese yet, allow us to introduce you. The thick Middle Eastern cheese has a high melting point, so it's perfect for the grill. This main dish salad packs 20 grams of protein per serving, so you can definitely work this one into your meatless Monday rotation.
Papaya and Coconut Chicken Salad
This is no ordinary dinner salad. Coconut-crusted chicken breast, 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.
Smoked Chicken Salad with Broken Raspberry Vinaigrette
Grilled Watermelon-Shrimp Salad
With just a handful of ingredients, it doesn't get much easier than this yummy shrimp salad. Skewers of grilled shrimp pair beautifully with grilled watermelon over a bed of salad greens. A zesty lemon-honey dressing completes this hearty salad for dinner.
Grilled Pork and Veggie Salad
Hearts of romaine get steamy, thanks to a quick flip on the grill (trust us, it's delicious!). Pair the charred greens with pork and onions for one of the hottest main dish salads to ever grace your plate. Don't want to fire-up the grill? Use our directions for broiling the meat and veggies in the oven instead.
Summer Spaghetti Salad
Spaghetti isn’t the only noodle in this summer main meal salad. We incorporated strands of string cheese and squash spirals to make this seasonal salad as fun to make as it is to eat. For the crunchy walnut topping, try toasting them in the oven with a bit of oil and salt to really amplify the nutty flavor.
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Chicken, Tomato, and Cucumber Salad
Bulgur Salad with Chickpeas, Feta, and Mint
The next time you grab a rotisserie chicken (our favorite shortcut ingredient!) from the store, use it to make this main dish salad. It's got plenty of added fiber and protein thanks to the addition of bulgur and chickpeas. Fresh mint and parsley give your salad a bright finish.
Zesty Salmon Pasta Salad
Salmon never tasted so good! Our speedy marinade featuring soy and Asian sweet chili sauce really amps up the flavor in this main dish salad. Lasagna noodles and veggies round out the dish for the perfect one-bowl meal.
Pan-Seared Pork and Fried Green Tomato Salad
Pear and Brussels Sprouts Slaw
New Potato, Avocado, and Egg Salad
Greens and Barley Salad
This good-for-you main course 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.
Maple Mahi Mahi Salad
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. Use our tips for sectioning citrus fruit to make sure the oranges don't add any bitter flavor to your salad.