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Eating a healthy salad doesn’t mean you need to settle for a bland pile of lettuce. Here is a list of 16 colorful salad recipes that are both incredibly flavorful and filling.

With these salads, full of fresh veggies and protein, you can treat yourself to a flavorful meal without feeling overstuffed. Serve them up as a main meal, or as a side to perfectly complement a heavier dish. Enjoy!


Loaded BBQ Chicken Salad

BBQ Chicken Salad recipe

Website: Spoon Fork Bacon

This loaded BBQ Chicken Salad is full of fresh veggies that create an incredibly filling and delicious salad! The BBQ chicken and beans provide plenty of protein and flavor. Perfect for a make-ahead lunch or dinner.

Nicoise Salad with Seared Tuna

nicoise salad with seared ahi tuna recipe

Website: MK Library

The Nicoise Salad as a classic French salad, originating from the city of Nice. Served as a composed salad, or mise en place, this is the perfect opportunity to put your plating skills to the test and present your companions with a beautiful salad.

Grilled Steak Salad

grilled steak salad recipe

Website: Food Meanderings

This healthy Grilled Steak Salad with Feta and Clamato Dressing is a lighter copycat version Moxie’s Steak Salad that is Weight Watchers friendly. This healthy, meaty, filling and delicious salad is perfect as a side or stand alone meal.


Chickpea Avocado Salad

Chickpea Avocado Salad Recipe

Website: Lemon’s + Zest

There is so much color and a variety of fresh veggies in this Chickpea Avocado Salad. Packed with protein and ready in just 20 minutes, this is a perfect compliment to any meal or filling enough to be a stand-alone meal.


Shredded Chicken Salad

shredded chicken salad recipe

Website: DiabeteStrong

This tender, juicy shredded chicken cooked in the Instant Pot makes a great addition to your salad for a quick and healthy lunch or dinner. After just 15 minutes of cooking your chicken at high pressure, shred it over tossed greens and colorful veggies for this quick and simple meal.


Shrimp Cobb Salad

Shrimp Cobb Salad

Website: Ottawa Mommy Club

This Shrimp Cobb Salad is a healthy and flavorful dish that is loaded with shrimp, veggies, and topped with a delicious, lemon-based dressing. It is a must-try salad that will remind you of summer be loved by everyone!


Greek Farmer’s Salad with Watermelon

Greek Farmer's Salad with Watermelon Recipe

Website: Sense & Edibility

This colorful Greek Farmer’s Salad, traditionally made with tomatoes, gets a sweet addition of ripe watermelon. A quick and tangy lemon-herb vinaigrette ties the dish together.


Strawberry Spinach Salad

Strawberry Spinach Salad Recipe

Website: Connoiseurus Veg

This strawberry spinach salad is full of flavor and super easy to make! Refreshing and delicious, with a burst of sweetness. Serve it as a show-stealing side dish or turn it into a complete meal by adding some protein.


Teriyaki Shrimp Salad with Sesame Ginger Vinaigrette

Teriyaki Shrimp Salad with Sesame Ginger Vinaigrette Recipe

Website: Served from Scratch

Get the feeling of summer with this Teriyaki Shrimp Salad with a fresh light Sesame Ginger Vinaigrette. It’s bright, light, packed full of chopped veggies and topped with some teriyaki shrimp. Mixed with a vinaigrette flavored with sesame oil and fresh ginger, this salad hits all the flavors you want and is hearty and satisfying enough for any meal.


Thai Grilled Chicken Salad with Peanut Dressing

Thai Grilled Chicken Salad with Peanut Dressing Recipe

Website: Mae’s Menu

Enjoy all the flavors of dining out or takeout with this Thai Chicken Salad with Peanut Dressing. Sweet, spicy, sour, crunchy, salty and creamy — this refreshing salad has all the Thai flavors you know and love.


Lacinato Kale Salad with Butternut Squash & Dates

Lacinato Kale Salad with Butternut Squash & Dates Recipe

Website: Mae’s Menu

This is the perfect winter salad recipe, with butternut squash, pumpkin seeds and dates. The lacinato kale salad is healthy, sweet, crunchy, and pairs nicely with almost any main dish.


Vegan Thai Chopped Salad

Vegan Thai Chopped Salad Recipe

Website: Running on Real Food

This vegan Thai chopped salad with brown rice, tofu and peanut sauce is easy to make and highly nutritious thanks to a colorful array of fresh veggies.


Mexican Chopped Salad

Mexican Chopped Salad Recipe

Website: How Was Your Day

This Mexican Chopped Salad recipe highlights some of the best finds from your local produce stands or farmer’s market. The lettuces seem to be more tender, the corn is sweeter, and the tomatoes are just so much better when they’re grown and ripened on the vine.


Vegan Mediterranean Cucumber Salad

Vegan Mediterranean Cucumber Salad Recipe

Website: Moon and spoon and yum

A super simple and easy-to-make Mediterranean Cucumber Salad that is packed with cucumber, olives, onion, bell pepper, chickpeas, fresh herbs and an utterly delicious homemade dressing! Gluten-free and vegan. It is light, refreshing, packed with beautiful flavors and simply nice to have on hand to put on the dinner table as an unexpected and beautiful addition to mealtime.


Baby Spinach Salad with Fruit

Baby Spinach Salad with Fruits Recipe

Website: FoodHeal

This baby spinach salad with fruits is one of the simplest and most flavorful salads that you could make. It’s crunchy and has an added boost of vitamin C.


Chopped Italian Salad

Chopped Italian Salad recipe

Website: The View From Great Island

This Chopped Italian Salad is a combination of crunchy veggies and Mediterranean flavors that just can’t be beat. With radicchio, salami, peperoncini and olives, this salad is hearty and great as a meal on its own.

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