Eating more vegetables is easy with these great main-course salad recipes. Most can be made in advance, too, so they’re perfect for meal-prep and take-along lunches.
There’s no need to wash and chop a new batch of lettuce and other vegetables every day, either. Pick a salad recipe or two, then prep your vegetables ahead of time. Store your clean lettuce and chopped vegetables in separate containers, and your prep work is done for the week.
10 Great Main-Course Salad Recipes
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1. Honey Mustard Chopped Chicken Salad
This Honey Mustard Chicken Chopped Salad from Creme de la Crumb is a beautiful combination of chicken, fresh vegetables, and fried wonton strips, all sprinkled with Feta cheese. If it’s too hot to fry wonton strips, swap them for croutons.
Photo credit: Through Her Looking Glass
2. Crunchy Asian Salad
This Crunchy Asian Salad from Through Her Looking Glass is big enough to feed a small crowd!
Featuring Napa or red cabbage, sweet red peppers, and toasted almonds splashed with a sweet dressing, this salad gets added crunch from toasted ramen noodles. Best of all, it refrigerates well so you’ll have plenty left for healthy lunches.
Photo credit: Averie Cooks
3. BLT Chopped Salad
Oh, my word, I love this BLT Chopped Salad from Averie Cooks — it’s the perfect main-course salad for busy nights.
You can make it even easier by cooking bacon in the oven while you get ready in the morning, then throw it all together at dinnertime.
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4. Sizzling Cilantro Lime Fajita Salad
This Sizzling Cilantro Lime Fajita Salad from My Natural Family is a Paleo-friendly, gluten- and dairy-free recipe that’s sure to please fajita-lovers in your family.
Use her fantastic marinade before you grill the chicken over the weekend, then enjoy the salad all week long!
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5. Apple Brie Walnut Salad
Looking for a meat-free salad? Look no further than this Apple Brie Walnut salad from Lemontree Dwelling. Sweet, savory, crunchy — it’s all in this main-course salad recipe, and there’s no cooking involved!
Of course, you could always top it with chopped chicken if you want, or even sliced hard-boiled eggs!
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6. Antipasto Salad
My son says this Antipasto Salad from A Family Feast is his favorite thanks to the salami, chickpeas, and pepperoncini. I love how easy it is to assemble: open a couple of jars, slice a few types of meat, and arrange them on top of a plate of salad greens.
We always add these homemade marinated artichoke hearts, too. If there are any leftovers I sometimes stuff them between a couple of slices of bread to make a hearty panini for lunch the next day.
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7. Steak Salad with Blue Cheese Crumbles
This Steak Salad with Blue Cheese Crumbles from The Spicy Apron is yet another reason to stock up on steak when you find it on sale. Grill extra, then slice and freeze, so you can make this gorgeous salad any time you’re in the mood.
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8. No-Mayo Salad With Tuna
It doesn’t get much easier, or more frugal, than this clean-eating No-Mayo Tuna Salad from Oh That’s Tasty.
Using avocado with a splash of citrus, she makes a mayonnaise-free tuna salad that’s easy and delicious. It’s perfect for people trying to eat clean, too!
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9. Mediterranean Quinoa Salad
Quinoa is a fantastic way to add protein and the benefits of grains to salads, which is exactly what Foodiecrush has done with this Mediterranean Quinoa Salad. Be sure to double the garlicky dressing recipe — it’s amazing drizzled over grilled chicken, too!
10. Panzanella Salad
My Panzanella Salad recipe is a family favorite. To make it a main course, defrost a bag of pre-cooked shrimp and toss them in. Sliced chicken is fantastic in it, too!
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