For many people, the word “salad” conjures up the basic lettuce-and-tomato deal that’s not only boring, but also too skimpy for dinner. We say it’s time to think outside the bowl when it comes to salads! By using fruit, whole grains, and less traditional vegetables—and combining them with delicious, homemade dressings—you can create salads that are both healthy and satisfying. In fact, these 10 healthy salads will keep you as satisfied as a traditional meat-and-potatoes meal, plus they’ll pack in more essential nutrients, fiber, and antioxidants while keeping overall calories in check.
Try one today!
This post is by Brianna Farrand, a graduate student in nutrition at Teacher’s College, Columbia University and dietetic intern for Appetite for Health.
Lightened Up Protein Power Goddess Bowl
Lentils and whole grains add a hefty dose of protein and B vitamins to this bowl.
Light Curry Egg Salad
Forget the traditional egg salad – there’s no mayo here! Greek yogurt adds creaminess and reduces total fat, while curry powder and green onions deliver a flavor boost.
Warm Farro Salad with Smoked Salmon and Goat Cheese
Farro contributes the perfect amount of “chew” to this smoked salmon salad.
Avocado and Blood Orange Chicken Salad with Citrus Wasabi Dressing
Chicken salad might not seem revolutionary, but try it with this Citrus Wasabi dressing and then get back to us.
Grilled Thai Beef Salad
Craving red meat? Grilled steak makes this salad an excellent source of protein, iron, and selenium…and it won’d blow a tight calorie budget.
Shredded Brussels Sprouts and Apples Salad
Sautéing Brussels sprouts and apples together creates a sweet-and-savory combo, and the pine nuts provide healthy, unsaturated fats that improve your absorption of nutrients from the fruit and veggies.
Cauliflower, Bean, and Feta Salad
Have you heard the news? Cauliflower is the new kale, thanks to the impressive health benefits the pungent veggie provides. This vegetarian salad will fill you up—but not out.
Kale Market Salad with Green Garlic Dressing
Not your average kale salad, this recipe features fennel, avocado, and toasted almonds.
Shrimp, Cucumber, and Mango Salad
Shrimp are quick and easy to cook, but if you’re short on time, use frozen cooked shrimp—just thaw and toss with the other ingredients.
And lastly, an oldie but goodie from Appetite for Health—Julie’s favorite dinner salad.