Dinner salads, the underrated stars of the mealtime show, are about to steal the spotlight. There is no need for fancy ingredients or intricate techniques; these recipes are all about big flavors without the hassle. There are so many great salads that take center stage at dinnertime, proving they’re anything but boring. Whether you’re looking for a quick and weekday meal or aiming to impress with a vibrant salad at your next dinner gathering, we’ve got you covered. From hearty protein-packed options to refreshing veggie delights, these dinner salad recipes are here to make your evening meals both wholesome and exciting. Grab your fork, and let’s turn your dinner routine into a salad celebration! Salads never go out of season.
Sweet Potato Kale Salad
Craving something healthy and delicious? Look no further than this sweet potato kale salad! This dish is packed with nutrient-rich ingredients like sweet potatoes, kale, and crispy chickpeas, making it the perfect choice for those looking to fuel their bodies with wholesome goodness.
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Italian Tuna White Bean Salad
Simple ingredients combine to make this Tuscan classic. Juicy fresh tuna pairs with beans for a Tuscan tuna white bean salad everyone will enjoy. It makes a tasty meal, whatever the season.
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Radicchio Endive Chicken Salad
This radicchio endive chicken salad with creamy honey mustard dressing is fresh and filling with enough protein to sustain you and wholesome, nutritious vegetables. It is a great choice if you are looking for a simple radicchio salad to make for dinner.
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Air Fryer Blackened Chicken Caesar Salad
How good does a blackened chicken Caesar salad sound right now? Imagine this easy salad recipe on your table this evening. This is a great air fryer blackened chicken recipe with air fryer homemade croutons and the best homemade Caesar dressing.
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Sesame Avocado Asian Chicken Salad With Honey Ginger Dressing
Asian chicken salad with honey ginger dressing can be made anytime throughout the year. Cabbage chicken salad is not only really tasty, but it’s also easy to throw together. It’s full of wholesome ingredients like avocado, carrots, edamame beans, almonds, green onions, and cilantro.
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A good recipe for Cobb salad is always worth getting excited about. It looks so pretty on the plate with all the ingredients arranged in rows. I love to make this recipe using leftover ham and serve it with a dairy-free ranch dressing.
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Panzanella, also known as panmolle, is a classic Italian salad made with salad vegetables and bread. It’s traditionally prepared using stale bread that is rehydrated in a tomato juice, red wine vinegar, and olive oil dressing. If you’re looking for backyard picnic party ideas, this rustic Tuscan salad will really hit the spot.
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Savoury Steak And Squash Salad
If you’re looking for something different to make for dinner, why not try a steak and squash salad? This savoury salad has a wonderful apple maple dressing as a nod to the fall season, while squash and cranberries also play their part. This is one of the best fall salads!
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Quinoa Salad with Turmeric Tahini Dressing
Need help staying on the right track? Make this Quinoa Salad with Turmeric Tahini and nutritious eating will be easy. This delicious dish is filled with seasonal greens and topped with a delicious creamy tahini dressing.
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Lentil Salad With Tuna
This Lentil Salad with Tuna packs a protein punch that will keep you satisfied until dinner! It’s full of Spring goodies like carrots and kale. Dress it with a simple lemon and olive oil dressing and you are good to go.
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Greek Pasta Salad
This Greek Pasta Salad will easily become your favorite summer side dish. It’s full of summer’s seasonal bounty. Bring it to your next barbecue and watch it disappear.
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Warm Kale Salad With Prosciutto And Manchego
Warm Kale Salad with Prosciutto and Manchego is a warm and cozy salad that highlights some seriously delicious flavors from the pears, sharp Manchego cheese, and salty prosciutto. It’s a great wholesome dish that will fill you up for any meal.
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Mandarin Orange Salad (With Chicken)
Mandarin Orange Salad with Chicken is sweet, yummy, and full of fresh flavor. With the bursting tastes of red pomegranate, cherry tomatoes, and mandarin oranges, you’ll be sure to wow your guests with this colorful salad.
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Garlic Lemon Pepper Shrimp Salad
What’s better than a quick and tasty salad for lunch? Well, how about an amazingly delicious garlic lemon pepper shrimp salad! Made with snap peas, asparagus, garlic, mixed greens and more, it’s a super antioxidant protein-packed green salad.
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Strawberry Chicken Salad With Poppy Seed Dressing
This strawberry chicken salad is the perfect filling meal! Fresh strawberries, pineapple, and tender chicken are served over romaine and topped with pistachios, goat cheese, and a simple homemade poppy seed dressing. This salad bursts with juicy, sweet flavors!
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Bay Scallop Corn Salad
This bay scallop corn salad is served with a savory tart cherry granola over a bed of baby kale with cherry dijon dressing. Eating well never looked so good!
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Easy Mediterranean White Bean Salad
This Mediterranean white bean salad is fresh, bright, light, and comes together in minutes. A one-bowl filling recipe, perfect as a side or to bring to barbecues!
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Colorful Cobb Salad
Oh my goodness, this colorful Cobb salad recipe is fantastic! It’s the perfect hearty, filling lunch with rich bacon, creamy avocado, bright tomatoes, and more. Not only does it taste delicious, but it’s pretty too!
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Salpicón de Pollo
Salpicón de pollo is a traditional Mexican salad made with cooked and shredded chicken, typically mixed with a variety of vegetables and herbs. “Salpicón” refers to a mixture or medley of ingredients.
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Autumn Cabbage Salad
This Autumn cabbage salad makes a delicious and very filling meal. Celebrate fall with something other than pumpkin! Apples and caraway seeds are the main flavors involved in this very hearty salad.
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Thai Glass Noodle Salad
Yum Woon Sen (Thai Glass Noodle Salad) is a deliciously vibrant, refreshing, and tangy dish that’s made using mung bean glass noodles, garlic shrimp, and fresh vegetables! They’re all then tossed in a delicious and simple garlicky fish sauce dressing that has the most perfectly balanced sweet, savory, and tart flavors.
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Fresh, stunning, and full of flavor, Nigerian salad is always a hit at home and at parties. And while there are many Nigerian mouthwatering recipes, this easy Nigerian salad may very well be your absolute favorite.
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Big Mac Salad
This recipe for big mac salad is made with crunchy lettuce, tomatoes, onion, ground beef, shredded cheddar cheese, and of course, the salad dressing for big mac salad that’s made with a mixture of mayo, ketchup, and pickles. It’s a delicious and nutritious way to enjoy ALL the flavors of the classic big mac.
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Veggie Shawarma Salad
This flavor-packed veggie shawarma salad puts a twist on the traditional Middle Eastern dish by replacing the meat with colorful vegetables for a 100% plant-based meal. Seasoned cauliflower, green beans, and chickpeas are the heart of this dish, with a delicious homemade garlic aioli sauce to top it off.
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Roasted Butternut Squash, Black Bean And Quinoa Salad
This Roasted Butternut Squash, Black Bean, And Quinoa Salad is one of the easiest, most flavorful fall salad recipes, full of nutrients and wholesome ingredients. Served warm or cold, this delicious salad is also a great make-ahead lunch for work or back to school.
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Warm Farro + Kale Salad With Orange-Miso Dressing
This simple filling Farro and Kale salad is an easy meal to put together. Roast the sweet potatoes, cook the farro, then saute together.
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Mediterranean Black Bean Salad
This colorful and refreshing Mediterranean black bean salad drizzled with a zesty cilantro lime dressing is quick to assemble. It’s customizable and can be served as a salad or as a salsa dip with tortilla chips, making it a perfect light lunch or side dish any day of the week!
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