30 Days of Healthier Salads That Make a Meal In April | foodiecrush.com

Happy April, friends!

We’re proud to bring you our fourth installment to our 31 Days Series (you can check out the first one herethe second one here, and the third one here). This month is all about big, bountiful salads—you know, the kind that stick to your ribs and are hardy enough to make a meal of.

We’re craving healthy foods, but ones with substance and staying power, because we don’t want to be hungry two hours later and find ourselves tucking into a bowl of cereal at 10 o’clock at night.

We’ve all been there.

These salads are colorful, healthy, filling, and easy to prepare. We can’t guarantee they’ll help you fit into last summer’s shorts by the end of the month, but we promise they’ll definitely help!

Here’s how to make meal planning your salads a snap.

First, download this free printable weekly meal planner/to-do list to fill in, tape to the fridge, take to the grocery store, or use for reference next year when you can’t remember what the heck were your fave recipes from this one.

And then sign up for your free weekly meal plan and prep list here.

All right already, let’s dive into these salad bowls!

Mango Mandarin Sesame Shrimp Salad from lecremedelacrumb.com on foodiecrush.com

April 1: Mango Mandarin Sesame Shrimp Salad

from Creme de la Crumb

Crunchy, cool, savory, and sweet, this bold and colorful salad is far from boring. Bonus? It comes together in just 30 minutes!

Honey Mustard Chicken Chopped Salad from howsweeteats.com on foodiecrush.com

April 2: Honey Mustard Chicken Chopped Salad

from How Sweet It Is

Ahhh, the allure of the chopped salad. There’s just something so satisfying about neatly sectioning each ingredient into its own little corner of the bowl, only to then messily toss them all together. This one has all the right flavors and textures.

Vietnamese Curry Chicken and Rice Noodle Salad Bowl from foodiecrush.com on foodiecrush.com

April 3: Vietnamese Curry Chicken and Rice Noodle Salad Bowl

from FoodieCrush

Okay, so technically there’s not any actual lettuce in this salad, but that’s just a minor, detail. With crunchy carrots, cool cucumber, and crisp red bell pepper, there’s enough healthy veggies hanging out in this yummy and refreshing bowl to deem it worthy of its salad classification.

Deluxe Turkey Burger Salad from foxeslovelemons.com on foodiecrush.com

April 4: Deluxe Turkey Burger Salad

from Foxes Love Lemons

Where’s the bun? Who cares. This burger-salad mashup is light, healthy, and filling, and features the best tangy, creamy sun dried tomato dressing.

Roasted Sweet Potato and Chickpea Salad from minimalistbaker.com on foodiecrush.com

April 5: Roasted Sweet Potato & Chickpea Salad

from Minimalist Baker

The roasted, spiced masala chickpeas are reason enough to fall in love with this salad, but throw in some roasted sweet potatoes and a 3-ingredient tahini dressing, and you’ve got yourself one stellar bowl of leafy greens.

Falafel Salad Bowl from theviewfromgreatisland.com on foodiecrush.com

April 6: Falafel Salad Bowl

from The View from Great Island

This fully-loaded Mediterranean salad hits all the right notes in the flavor department, mainly thanks to an addictive feta dip and a tangy tahini sauce. It’s vegetarian, but the hearty falafel patties make it completely filling.

Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad with Red Cabbage and Apple from foodnessgracious.com on foodiecrush.com

April 7: Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad with Red Cabbage and Apple

from Foodness Gracious

Hail Caesar! After trying this recipe, we’re wondering why we never ate Caesar salad this way before. The crisp, tart apple, crunchy almonds, and red cabbage are welcome additions, as is the waistline-friendly dressing.

Salmon Cobb Salad with Spinach and Feta from diethood.com on foodiecrush.com

April 8: Salmon Cobb Salad with Spinach and Feta

from Diethood

Who doesn’t love a good cobb salad? Baked salmon steps in for the turkey, and healthy spinach, avocado, feta, and a zippy lemon-mustard dressing all add a nice twist to the original.

Hawaiian Chicken Salad from recipetineats.com on foodiecrush.com

April 9: Hawaiian Chicken Salad

from RecipeTin Eats

With tropical flavors of coconut rice, chicken marinated in coconut and pineapple, and a cilantro lime dressing, this vibrant salad transports us to the breezy beaches of Hawaii with each bite.

Chopped Thai Salad with Sesame Garlic Dressing from pinchofyum.com on foodiecrush.com

April 10: Chopped Thai Salad with Sesame Garlic Dressing

from Pinch of Yum

This crunchy chopped salad is full of dark, leafy kale, edamame, bell pepper, carrots, cilantro, green onions, and cashews, and features the most addictive sesame garlic dressing. It’s vegetarian, but steak, chicken, or tofu would be fabulous in this, if you wanted some protein.

Parmesan Crusted Chicken Caprese Salad from andiemitchell.com on foodiecrush.com

April 11: Parmesan Crusted Chicken Caprese Salad

from Andie Mitchell

Juicy tomatoes, creamy mozzarella, and fresh basil make a pretty sublime trifecta, and this salad celebrates those flavors we look forward to every summer. Add some crispy parmesan crusted chicken, spicy arugula, and bitter radicchio to the mix, and you’ve got a winner of a salad.

Blackened Shrimp, Asparagus and Avocado Salad from cafedelites.com on foodiecrush.com

April 12: Blackened Shrimp, Asparagus and Avocado Salad

from Cafe Delites

This salad is low-fat and low in carbs, but not low in flavor. Spicy, blackened shrimp and asparagus, avocado, red onion, and basil all tango with crisp romaine lettuce, and a zesty lemon-yogurt dressing ties everything together.

Italian Chopped Salad with Marinated Chickpeas from foodiecrush.com on foodiecrush.com

April 13: Italian Chopped Salad with Marinated Chickpeas

from FoodieCrush

Could we offer you a salad you can’t refuse? Inspired by the legendary chopped salad at La Scala, in Beverly Hills, this one is super crave-worthy, and is singing with the best Italian flavors.

BLT Salmon Salad with Creamy Avocado Green Goddess Dressing from heatherchristo.com on foodiecrush.com

April 14: BLT Salmon Salad with Creamy Avocado Green Goddess Dressing

from Heather Christo

This salad totally had us at “creamy avocado green goddess dressing,” but peppery arugula, juicy tomatoes, thick-cut bacon, and flakey salmon flaky salmon are also some of our favorite things.

French Bistro Brunch Salad with a Poached Egg and Broiled Cherry Tomatoes from healthyseasonalrecipes.com on foodiecrush.com

April 15: French Bistro Brunch Salad with a Poached Egg and Broiled Cherry Tomatoes

from Healthy Seasonal Recipes

Who doesn’t love breakfast for dinner? This brunch-inspired salad is classy and irresistibly yummy.

Southwest Chicken Salad with Avocado Lime Dressing from reciperunner.com on foodiecrush.com

April 16: Southwest Chicken Salad with Avocado Lime Dressing

from Recipe Runner

This hearty salad is packed awesome flavors and crunchy textures from radishes, tortilla chips, and spicy toasted pepitas. Oh, and the light and creamy Greek yogurt-based dressing has queso fresco, avocado, and lime in it — need we really say more?


Quinoa and Kale Protein Power Salad from foodiecrush.com on foodiecrush.com

April 17: Quinoa and Kale Protein Power Salad

from FoodieCrush

Packed with fresh, good-for-you ingredients, Mediterranean-inspired salad is a lovely trifecta of savory, sweet, and crunchy. It may be vegetarian, but with its protein-rich quinoa and chickpeas, it’s plenty filling.

Teriyaki Chicken Salad with Pineapple Sesame Dressing from carlsbadcravings.com on foodiecrush.com

April 18: Teriyaki Chicken Salad with Pineapple Sesame Dressing

from Carlsbad Cravings

Sweet, sticky teriyaki chicken and toasted macadamia nuts and coconut, and a wealth of crisp veggies make this rainbow salad full of amazing flavors and textures. The real showstopper though? Three words, pineapple. sesame. dressing.

Roasted Spring Vegetable Cobb Salad from thecandidappetite.com on foodiecrush.com

April 19: Roasted Spring Vegetable Cobb Salad

from The Candid Appetite

Featuring a colorful array of roasted veggies on a bed of silky butter lettuce, this cobb salad is all gussied up for spring. The vegetables are plentiful and hearty, so you won’t even miss the meat. Oh, and don’t even get us started on that garlic-butter dressing.

Steak Salad with Miso Vinaigrette from simplyrecipes.com on foodiecrush.com

April 20: Steak Salad with Miso Vinaigrette

from Simply Recipes

In this simple salad, tender, juicy steak, and sweet apples, carrots, and radishes sit atop a bed of greens. A sweet and savory miso vinaigrette packs an umami-punch and rounds everything out.

Chicken Kale Waldorf Salad with Avocado & Goat Cheese from ambitiouskitchen.com on foodiecrush.com

April 21: Chicken Kale Waldorf Salad with Avocado and Goat Cheese

from Ambitious Kitchen

This is pretty much the lunch (or dinner) salad of our dreams. Toasted walnuts, tart dried cranberries, and apple, creamy goat cheese, grapes, avocado, and a light balsamic vinaigrette blow the original Waldorf Salad out of the hotel.

Salad Nicosie from wildgreensandsardines.com on foodiecrush.com

April 22: Salad Nicoise

from Wild Greens and Sardines

We can’t help but feel très French when eating this salad. There’s just something very sophisticated about it, and this recipe in particular is quite the showstopper.

Roasted Cauliflower, Feta, and Orzo Salad from twopeasandtheirpod.com on foodiecrush.com

April 23: Roasted Cauliflower, Feta, and Orzo Salad

from Two Peas and Their Pod

Roasted cauliflower, dried cherries, red onion, orzo, feta, and spinach, tossed with a honey-lemon vinaigrette, make this salad pretty darn irresistible.

Cilantro Lime Chicken Salad + Mango Avocado Salsa from cafedelites.com on foodiecrush.com

April 24: Cilantro Lime Chicken Salad + Mango Avocado Salsa

from Cafe Delites

Mango salsa combined with the most irresistible sweet and zesty cilantro-lime marinade (which conveniently doubles as a dressing), make this refreshing salad taste just like summer!

Chicken, Bacon and Avocado Chopped Salad from gimmesomeoven.com on foodiecrush.com

April 25: Chicken, Bacon and Avocado Chopped Salad

from Gimme Some Oven

Feta, chicken, bacon, avocado, tomatoes, red onion, romaine, and blue cheese all get tossed with a zesty red wine vinaigrette in this simple chopped salad. We’re convinced we could eat this one every day.

Mexican Fattoush Salad from climbinggriermountain.com on foodiecrush.com

April 26: Mexican Fattoush Salad

from Climbing Grier Mountain

The star of this Middle Eastern-Mexican mashup is homemade spicy baked pita chips (which we can’t stop eating), but it also includes a roster of other awesome ingredients, like queso fresco, grilled corn, and fresh dill and cilantro. It’s one heck of a hybrid!

Cherry Chicken Salad with a Creamy Poppy Seed Vinaigrette from spoonforkbacon.com on foodiecrush.com

April 27: Cherry Chicken Salad with a Creamy Poppy Seed Vinaigrette

from Spoon Fork Bacon

There’s a lot of healthy deliciousness going on in this springy salad, which features the most irresistible poppy seed vinaigrette!

Crunchy Taco Kale Salad from howsweeteats.com on foodiecrush.com

April 28: Crunchy Taco Kale Salad

from How Sweet It Is

Here, the boring old iceberg lettuce taco salad gets an exciting makeover. Loaded with healthy ingredients, and yummy flavors and crunch, it features a chipotle lime avocado dressing that we want to pour on everything.

Spring Greens Salad with Fennel, Radish, & Miso-Buttermilk Dressing from bojongourmet.com on foodiecrush.com

April 29: Spring Greens Salad with Fennel, Radish, & Miso-Buttermilk Dressing

from The Bojon Gourmet

This salad is the loveliest expression of spring. With a colorful array of fresh, crisp veggies, crusty sourdough croutons, hard-boiled eggs, and a creamy, tangy buttermilk-miso dressing that is to die for, this one’s a keeper.

BBQ Chicken Chopped Salad from foodiecrush.com on foodiecrush.com

April 30: BBQ Chicken Chopped Salad

from FoodieCrush

Inspired by the CPK Original BBQ Chicken Chopped Salad, this one has all of the awesome flavors, but isn’t a hidden calorie bomb. No one should have to work their salad off on the treadmill.



This recipe round-up was curated  and written by FoodieCrush contributor Hayley Putnam of Seven Day Weekend. Follow her foodie tastes and other flights of fancy on Pinterest and Instagram.


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