Eat healthy in 20 minutes or less with these superfast, easy main-dish salad recipes.
This has all the elegant elements of a restaurant salad―fresh-toasted walnuts, soft-cooked eggs, crumbled bacon, tangy blue cheese, and crunchy pear―but it takes just 10 minutes or so to make. A teaspoon of bacon drippings in the tarragon-Dijon vinaigrette makes it extra rich-tasting and flavorful.
Typical Cobb salads include chicken and hard-cooked eggs; this riff uses shrimp and corn.
By including a variety of ingredients, salads are often a nutritional powerhouse: This recipe provides lots of antioxidants from the grapes, healthy fats and vitamin E from the sunflower seeds and grapeseed oil, and folate and vitamin A from the arugula. A sweet mustard vinaigrette dressing matches both the peppery bitterness of the greens and the sweet juiciness of the grapes. Try this salad topped with salmon or tuna for a healthful dinner.
A bag of baby kale leaves saves the time of washing, stemming, and chopping larger leaves. Treat these small, tender leaves like baby spinach — as the base for salads or stirred into soups and stews at the end.