Change your weeknight dinner routine and jazz up lunch with these protein-packed salads: Combine favorite ingredients in fresh ways for satisfying meals that hit the spot.
This main course salad is an ideal lunch or light supper option. Plums would be a delicious substitute for the apricots.
View Recipe: Arugula Salad with Chicken and Apricots
Serve this main-dish salad over fresh spinach. Regular spinach is the least expensive option, but you'll have to remove the
stems. If time is your main concern, buy baby spinach.
View Recipe: Easy Grilled Chicken Salad
Spice up that leftover rotisserie chicken with this fresh and light noodle dish. To ensure the noodles get soft, soak them
in the hottest water you can get from your tap. The salad is moderately spicy; reduce the chile paste by 1 teaspoon or omit
it for a milder dish.
View Recipe: Chicken and Glass Noodle Salad
Pair this simple, no-cook meal with toasted buttery baguette slices.
View Recipe: Chicken and Strawberry Salad
This hearty combination won’t leave your stomach rumbling. Yogurt in the marinade tempers the heat from the Sriracha and keeps
this dish family-friendly.
View Recipe: Chicken Dinner Salad
If you have longed for the perfect low-fat chicken salad recipe, look no further. Poaching the chicken keeps it moist and
succulent, so you'll need less dressing to bind the salad.
View Recipe: Creamy Chicken Salad
You can enjoy this crunchy classic without having to worry about the hight-fat in its dressing. This lighter salad dressing
mimics the flavor of a typical Caesar but in a vinaigrette form.
View Recipe: Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad
The sweetness of pineapple and orange juice both complement and balance the spicy ingredients in this salad. Be sure to wear
gloves when working with habanero peppers.
View Recipe: Grilled Chicken and Spinach Salad with Spicy Pineapple Dressing
Fresh peaches and goat cheese headline this simple no-cook salad recipe. The 8-ingredient vinaigrette, made with pantry staples,
takes minutes to make and is a delicious complement to the other ingredients in the salad. Use a store-bought rotisserie chicken
to save time in the kitchen. Serve with herbed bread.
View Recipe: Roast Chicken Salad with Peaches, Goat Cheese, and Pecans
This version of a Cobb salad combines south-of-the-border flavors with the turkey and bacon that are traditionally in a Cobb.
View Recipe: Southwestern Cobb Salad
Once thought to be a delicacy, shitake mushrooms offer a smoky taste to any dish. Sautéing them with grilled chicken is a
great idea for this stir-fry salad.
View Recipe: Teriyaki Mushroom, Spinach, and Chicken Salad
Consider this a tropical version of a creamy chicken salad: The dressing is a warm, decadent mix of coconut milk and peanut
View Recipe: Thai Chicken Salad with Peanut Dressing
Deli meats help turn a salad into a main dish with minimal effort.
View Recipe: Turkey and Romaine Salad
Pork cooks quickly in the broiler, making this meal a clear choice for busy weeknight dinners.
View Recipe: Pork and Noodle Salad
Pork has a natural affinity for fruit, and grilling the pineapple intensifies its sweet flavor.
View Recipe: Pork, Pineapple, and Anaheim Chile Salad with Avocado
Enjoy fall flavors with this salad. The sweetness of the pear and the tang from the cranberries and cranberry juice complement
each other nicely.
View Recipe: Pork Tenderloin, Pear, and Cranberry Salad
Serve this light main-course salad with a hunk of crusty baguette and a glass of chilled Riesling. Choose ripe, juicy peaches,
and leave the peel on for more texture. Ricotta salata is a milky, mild, slightly salty cheese that’s easy to crumble; you
can substitute feta or goat cheese.
View Recipe: Prosciutto, Peach, and Sweet Lettuce Salad
Crisp flatbread can round out this satisfying salad supper. You can also serve the seasoned pork as an entrée without the
salad, if you wish.
View Recipe: Spinach Salad with Spiced Pork and Ginger Dressing
Fresh mint and cilantro balance out the spicy red pepper in this Asian-fusion salad.
View Recipe: Vietnamese Salad
A loaf of whole-grain or sesame seed bread completes the dinner. Blue cheese balances the sweetness of the pears and raisins;
choose a premium variety such as Maytag for more intensity.
View Recipe: Warm Spinach Salad with Pork and Pears
Lean sirloin steak sits atop a bed of fresh veggies for an easy weeknight main-dish salad. Top with crumbles of rich blue
cheese to bring out the bold flavors in the homemade vinaigrette.
View Recipe: Barbecue Sirloin and Blue Cheese Salad
Turn yesterday’s steak into tonight’s dinner with this Asian-inspired meal. Substitute top sirloin, strip steak, or flank steak if tri-tip steak isn’t available, and slice thinly instead of into cubes.
Think salads aren't filling? Then you haven't tried this one packed with rice noodles, fresh vegetables, and tender steak.
View Recipe: Fiery Beef and Rice Noodle Salad
Combine the comforting flavors of steak and cheese with fresh summer greens and fruit for a filling salad that's less than
View Recipe: Flank Steak Salad with Plums and Blue Cheese
Skip the grated cheese and croutons and serve an Asian-inspired salad with homemade seven-ingredient vinaigrette. Serve with
soba noodles, followed by dessert.
View Recipe: Ginger Beef Salad with Miso Vinaigrette
The sharp cheese, peppery arugula and tangy Dijon dressing accentuate the flavors of the flat-iron steak in this superfast
View Recipe: Grilled Steak with Baby Arugula and Parmesan Salad
Turn up the heat with tonight’s omnivorous dinner. Serrano pepper adds just the right spice factor to this Asian cuisine.
View Recipe: Spicy Beef and Tofu Salad
This slightly spicy, easy recipe is perfect for a quick dinner. If you are a Sriracha fanatic or already have Asian sauces
and spices on hand, this recipe is perfect for you. Serve with fruit salad – think kiwi, pineapple and mango.
View Recipe: Soba Noodles with Chicken and Vegetables
The sweet melon and smoky prosciutto intertwine in this hearty dish to delight the taste buds. It’s substantial enough to
be the main course or as the side dish to a lighter entrée.
View Recipe: Prosciutto and Melon Pasta Salad
This refreshing dish is substantial, healthy, and great cold or warm. Pack it for lunch with some crunchy crackers.
View Recipe: Lemony Orzo-Veggie Salad with Chicken
Dazzle up your leftover chicken with this easy salad. The fig vinegar takes this dressing to a spectacular, unique level,
but if you can’t find it, you can substitute white wine vinegar.
View Recipe: Chicken and Wild Rice Salad with Almonds