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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Enjoy fall flavors with this salad. The sweetness of the pear and the tang from the cranberries and cranberry juice complement each other nicely.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Skip the grated cheese and croutons and serve an Asian-inspired salad with homemade seven-ingredient vinaigrette. Serve with soba noodles, followed by dessert.
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.
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.
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.