Dinner Salads with Poultry and Meats

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.

Arugula Salad with Chicken and Apricots

Arugula Salad with Chicken and Apricots

This main course salad is an ideal lunch or light supper option. Plums would be a delicious substitute for the apricots.

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Easy Grilled Chicken Salad

Easy Grilled Chicken Salad

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.

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Chicken and Glass Noodle Salad

Chicken and Glass Noodle 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.

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Chicken and Strawberry Salad

Chicken and Strawberry Salad

Pair this simple, no-cook meal with toasted buttery baguette slices.

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Chicken Dinner Salad

Chicken Dinner 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.

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Creamy Chicken Salad

Creamy Chicken 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.

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Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad

Grilled Chicken Caesar 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.

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Grilled Chicken and Spinach Salad with Spicy Pineapple Dressing

Grilled Chicken and Spinach Salad with Spicy Pineapple Dressing

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.

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Roast Chicken Salad with Peaches, Goat Cheese, and Pecans

Roast Chicken Salad with Peaches, Goat Cheese, and Pecans

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.

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Southwestern Cobb Salad

Southwestern Cobb Salad

This version of a Cobb salad combines south-of-the-border flavors with the turkey and bacon that are traditionally in a Cobb.

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Teriyaki Mushroom, Spinach, and Chicken Salad

Teriyaki Mushroom, Spinach, and Chicken 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. 

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Thai Chicken Salad with Peanut Dressing

Thai Chicken Salad with Peanut Dressing

Consider this a tropical version of a creamy chicken salad: The dressing is a warm, decadent mix of coconut milk and peanut butter.

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Turkey and Romaine Salad

Turkey and Romaine Salad

Deli meats help turn a salad into a main dish with minimal effort.

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Pork and Noodle Salad

Pork and Noodle Salad

Pork cooks quickly in the broiler, making this meal a clear choice for busy weeknight dinners.

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Pork, Pineapple, and Anaheim Chile Salad with Avocado

Pork, Pineapple, and Anaheim Chile Salad with Avocado

Pork has a natural affinity for fruit, and grilling the pineapple intensifies its sweet flavor.

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Pork Tenderloin, Pear, and Cranberry Salad

Pork Tenderloin, Pear, and Cranberry Salad

Enjoy fall flavors with this salad. The sweetness of the pear and the tang from the cranberries and cranberry juice complement each other nicely.

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Prosciutto, Peach, and Sweet Lettuce Salad

Prosciutto, Peach, and Sweet Lettuce 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.

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Spinach Salad with Spiced Pork and Ginger Dressing

Spinach Salad with Spiced Pork and Ginger Dressing

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.

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Vietnamese Salad

Vietnamese Salad

Fresh mint and cilantro balance out the spicy red pepper in this Asian-fusion salad.

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Warm Spinach Salad with Pork and Pears

Warm Spinach Salad with Pork and Pears  

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.

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Barbecue Sirloin and Blue Cheese Salad

Barbecue Sirloin and Blue Cheese Salad 

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.

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Cold Beef and Noodle Salad

Cold Beef and Noodle 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.

Fiery Beef and Rice Noodle Salad

Fiery Beef and Rice Noodle Salad   

Think salads aren't filling? Then you haven't tried this one packed with rice noodles, fresh vegetables, and tender steak.

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Flank Steak Salad with Plums and Blue Cheese

Flank Steak Salad with Plums and Blue Cheese   

Combine the comforting flavors of steak and cheese with fresh summer greens and fruit for a filling salad that's less than 300 calories.

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Ginger Beef Salad with Miso Vinaigrette

Ginger Beef Salad with Miso Vinaigrette   

Skip the grated cheese and croutons and serve an Asian-inspired salad with homemade seven-ingredient vinaigrette. Serve with soba noodles, followed by dessert.

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Grilled Steak with Baby Arugula and Parmesan Salad

Grilled Steak with Baby Arugula and Parmesan Salad   

The sharp cheese, peppery arugula and tangy Dijon dressing accentuate the flavors of the flat-iron steak in this superfast dinner. 

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Spicy Beef and Tofu Salad

Spicy Beef and Tofu Salad  

Turn up the heat with tonight’s omnivorous dinner. Serrano pepper adds just the right spice factor to this Asian cuisine.

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Soba Noodles with Chicken and Vegetables

Soba Noodles with Chicken and Vegetables

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.

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Prosciutto and Melon Pasta Salad

Prosciutto and Melon Pasta Salad

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.

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Lemony Orzo-Veggie Salad with Chicken

Lemony Orzo-Veggie Salad with Chicken

This refreshing dish is substantial, healthy, and great cold or warm. Pack it for lunch with some crunchy crackers.

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Chicken and Wild Rice Salad with Almonds

Chicken and Wild Rice Salad with Almonds

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.

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