This roundup of 32 salads that make a meal features substantial salads with staying power that you can eat for lunch or dinner.
Man do I love a big, bountiful salad. You know, the kind that sticks to your ribs and is hearty enough to make a meal of? The kind of salad with substance and staying power, so you aren’t hungry two hours later and find yourself in a late night pantry raid you’ll regret later. These salads are colorful, healthy, filling, and easy to prepare. So grab a fork and get those greens!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
from Life Made Sweeter
This fully-loaded Mediterranean salad hits all the right notes in the flavor department, thanks in large part to a tangy tahini dressing. It’s vegetarian, but the hearty falafel patties make it completely filling.
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.
from The View from Great Island
Who doesn’t love a good cobb salad? Baked salmon steps in for the turkey, topping a bed of crisp mixed lettuces, blue cheese, tomatoes, bacon, avocado, red onion, jammy egg, and a zippy balsamic vinaigrette all add a nice twist to the original.
from RecipeTin Eats
With tropical flavors of coconut rice, chicken marinated in coconut and pineapple, and a cilantro lime dressing, this vibrant salad will transport you to the breezy beaches of Hawaii with each bite.
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.
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.
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.
Could Ie 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.
from Heather Christo
This salad totally had me at “creamy avocado green goddess dressing,” but peppery arugula, juicy tomatoes, thick-cut bacon, and flakey salmon flaky salmon are also some of my favorite things.
from Healthy Seasonal Recipes
Who doesn’t love breakfast for dinner? This brunch-inspired salad is classy and irresistibly yummy.
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 I really say more?
Packed with fresh, good-for-you ingredients, this 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.
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.
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 me started on that garlic-butter dressing.
from Ambitious Kitchen
This crunchy cabbage-based salad features a rainbow of healthy veggies, marinated and grilled chicken, and a homemade spicy Greek yogurt ranch dressing for a flavor-packed and filling meal.
from Healthy Seasonal Recipes
This is pretty much the lunch (or dinner) salad of my dreams. Poached chicken breast, toasted walnuts, celery, apple, and a creamy Greek yogurt dressing blow the original Waldorf Salad out of the hotel.
22. Nicoise Salad
This classic Nicoise salad is light, fresh, and colorful, and the perfect dish to make easy spring or summer lunches or brunch.
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.
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!
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. I’m convinced I could eat this one every day.
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!
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!
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 I want to pour on everything.
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.
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.
Slay your work week with this protein-packed salad kale and quinoa salad with baked garlic shrimp. Hearty and nutritious, with pops of antioxidant sweetness, it puts all things super into the epitome of a super, superfood salad.
32. Thai Quinoa Salad
This easy Thai quinoa salad combines protein-rich grains with healthy nutrients from fresh veggies, for a lime-infused flavor bomb with crunch in each bite.
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32 Salads That Make a Meal | Italian Chopped Salad with Marinated Chickpeas
- ¼ cup DeLallo extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 1 small clove garlic , pressed
- 1 teaspoon dry mustard
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1 15 ounce can of chickpeas , drained
- 4 cups romaine lettuce , chopped
- 4 cups iceberg lettuce , chopped
- 1 package DeLallo SaladSavors® Sharp flavor , with Asiago cheese, marinated artichoke hearts and sun-dried tomatoes
- 3 ounces Calabrese salami , or pepperoni, thinly sliced
- Combine the olive oil, red wine vinegar, garlic and dry mustard in a small jar and season with a pinch of kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. Shake the dressing well.
- Place the chickpeas in a bowl and pour 1-2 tablespoons of the dressing on the chickpeas to marinated for 30 minutes and reserve the rest for later.
- Add the chopped lettuces to a large bowl. Chop the DeLallo SaladSavors™ artichoke hearts and sun dried tomatoes into bite size pieces. Add to the lettuces with the sliced Calabrese and half of the Asiago cheese. Add the chickpeas in the dressing to the lettuce mixture then pour about half of the reserved dressing over the lettuces and toss to coat. Add more dressing if desired.
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