Using ingredients you likely have on hand already, these entrée salads are easy, quick, and delicious. Many of these recipes call for homemade dressings that push the ingredient list over five items, but you can use a bottled dressing with similar flavors instead to save time and effort.
This salad is a model of nutrition. The greens and onion provide a variety of vitamins and minerals, the pecans add healthy
fats, and the chicken is a great source of lean protein, all with less than 300 calories per serving. Açai dressing is rich
in antioxidants, but so is any bottled berry dressing.
With orzo pasta as a base, this salad makes for a hearty, filling meal that highlights the fresh flavors of asparagus and
raw onion. If you use a bottled dressing, add a little dried dill to it, as the flavor is great with salmon.
It doesn't get any more classic (or easier) than this salad. Bottled Caesar dressing is easy to find, but homemade is something everyone should try at least once. It's used here as both dressing and basting sauce for the chicken.
A mix of tastes and textures is key to this salad; it has sweet beets, crunchy pine nuts, bitter arugula, meaty roast beef,
and creamy-and-tangy goat cheese. There's so much flavor in the salad that a quick toss with plain olive oil can replace the
This unusual yet delicious combination of flavors makes a good substitute for traditional pasta salad at your next cookout.
The salad itself couldn't be much simpler―chicken (use leftovers if you've got 'em), lettuce, tomato, and bacon―but it yields
tons of flavor. The unique and exotic dressing is worth the effort, but bottled ranch or blue cheese are fine too.
Most stone fruits pair well with pork, so if you have peaches, plums, or apricots on hand, use them instead of the nectarines.
The sweet-and-sour flavor of balsamic vinaigrette matches the fruit well, while the salty bits of feta provide contrast.
This dish combines the best parts of a steak house dinner―the simple salad with creamy dressing and the steak―into one easy
meal. Since the beef will be served relatively unadorned, use the highest quality you can and don't cook it beyond medium.
Leftover chicken, pasta, or any cooked green vegetable can go into this salad, making it a great fridge-clearer. Pungent blue
cheese breathes new life into the rest of the ingredients. But even if you start from scratch, it's superfast and supereasy
The tart-and-sweet flavor combination in grapefruit matches the tender salmon's sweetness and elevates its flavor. Blood orange
juice gives the dressing intense orange flavor, but any citrusy vinaigrette will do.