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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.