Some salads can be sad. A few leaves, a tomato, some cucumber and a lump of protein. It’s no wonder we reach for unhealthy things to add to them to make them exciting – things like croutons, bacon bits and creamy dressings – foods that basically undo the point of having a salad. But dinner salads are fabulous. Nutritious and delicious, filling salads are the way to go. If you think salads are just for sides, these recipes will change your mind.
1. Loaded Cobb Salad
You might have had experience with a traditional Cobb salad before, but nothing can prepare you for the taste sensations that this fully locked and loaded version of the classic favorite will provide for you! This might just be the ultimate salad for a tasty filling meal.
2. Roasted Tomato and Burrata Caprese Salad
This is an amazingly filling salad because you have large of amounts of the key ingredients without having to worry about a calories overload. Roasted tomatoes create a classic and irresistible flavor, and burrata is a form of buffalo mozzarella that is even more delicious and creamy than the regular! Try it for yourself, you won’t regret it.
3. Garlic Shrimp Noodle Salad
Garlic, shrimp and noodles: these three foods are absolutely a match made in heaven! Just because you are eating a salad it doesn’t mean that it has to be completely vegetarian and completely void of flavor. The garlic in this dish certainly packs a punch, and the abundance of noodles will definitely keep you fuller for longer.
4. Lime Chicken Salad with Chipotle Dressing
This dish is living proof that salads do not have to be bland and uninspiring to be healthy. This zesty lime chicken will hit all of your favorite taste buds and the kick of the chipotle dressing gives it a kind of naughty junk food type vibe, but the best part is that it is mega healthy!
5. Pepper, Artichoke and Pine Nut Salad
The sheer depth and richness of this salad makes it an immediate crowd pleaser. The variety of colors and flavors make it an exciting meal to see on your plate compared to some of the more boring, overly green salads that some people imagine when contemplating ordering a salad instead of a more fatty meal.
6. Thai Beef Salad
If you are a meat eater, then you can’t have a much better salad option that this sensation Thai beef creation. Honestly, my mouth is water as I am writing this! The fresh Asian flavors mixed with the succulent beef and crisp vegetables are enough to fill up the tummy and heart of anybody!
7. Farro and Mediterranean Chicken Salad
It is a fact known around the world that the Mediterranean diet is one of the healthiest you can follow. If you are new to Mediterranean cuisine, then what better place to start then with absolutely amazing chicken salad? There is no way in hell that this dish won’t leave you feeling full and satisfied.
8. Tuna Poke and Mango Salad
This dish might be one for the more adventurous foodies among us as it contains totally raw tuna fish, but if you can get past that fact and be brave with your food choices, this salad is honestly one of the most delicious dishes you will ever eat.
9. Chopped Greek Quinoa Salad
Another with the Mediterranean theme, this chopped Greek quinoa salad is bursting with flavor and its multiple ingredients will have your taste buds tingling and your tummy thanking you for the meal!