Salads are usually just a side dish, but we’re here to shake things up. With these recipes, salads become the main event, packed with enough hearty ingredients and bold flavors to keep you full and satisfied. No need to look for something else to eat an hour later – these salads have everything you need.

Burger bowl with bacon, lettuce, tomato, onion, avocado and special sauce.
Burger Bowls. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.
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Bulgur Salad

A bowl of bulgur and peas on a wooden table.
Bulgur Salad. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Bulgur wheat salad dressed in a sweet and tangy dressing is hard to put down. It’s a high-protein meal that’s both filling and flavorful, making it a great choice for anyone looking for a satisfying meal salad.
Get the Recipe: Bulgur Salad

Chopped Ham Salad

Chopped Ham Salad. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Using leftover ham, this salad mixes bright vegetables and a tangy Dijon dressing for a twist on a classic. It’s easy, delicious, and a great way to make a meal out of something simple.
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Blueberry White Bean Salad

Blueberry white bean salad with tahini dressing in a white bowl with pickled onions in a jar to the side.
Blueberry White Bean Salad. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

A creamy dressing with tahini and turmeric coats a mix of white beans, blueberries, and greens. Topped with seeds for a crunchy texture, it’s a nutrient-packed salad that makes a perfect meal on its own, especially when you’re looking for something light yet satisfying.
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Shrimp Avocado Mango Lime Salad

Shrimp avocado mango salad with lime dressing in a bowl.
Shrimp Avocado Mango Lime Salad. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Bursting with summer flavors, this salad is a quick, 10-minute meal that’s perfect for a light lunch or dinner. Shrimp, avocado, and mango come together with a lime dressing for a fresh taste.
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Watermelon Feta Salad with Fried Scallops

Watermelon feta salad with fried bay scallops in a metal bowl.
Watermelon Feta Salad with Fried Scallops. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Adding fried scallops to a watermelon and feta salad with a balsamic drizzle makes this dish a standout meal. It’s a creative mix that’s perfect for when you want a salad that’s a bit more special.
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Sweet Corn Peach Honey Mustard Chicken Salad

Sweet corn peach chicken salad with honey mustard dressing in a small white bowl with orange spoon and basil garnish.
Sweet Corn Peach Honey Mustard Chicken Salad. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

This is a fresh take on chicken salad, skipping the mayo but not skimping on flavor with sweet corn, peaches, and a honey mustard dressing. It’s a light, summery meal that’s great for a quick lunch.
Get the Recipe: Sweet Corn Peach Honey Mustard Chicken Salad

Mango Black Bean Salad

Mango black bean salad in a glass bowl.
Mango Black Bean Salad. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Quick to put together, this mango and black bean salad is a refreshing option for a protein-rich lunch or side. It’s the kind of meal that’s great for hot days when you want something that’s easy to make but still fills you up.
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Chopped Crispy Citrus Chicken Salad

Chopped crispy chicken citrus salad on a white plate with purple kitchen towel.
Chopped Crispy Citrus Chicken Salad. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Featuring crispy chicken, citrus, pine nuts, and fresh herbs over Tuscan kale, this salad is tossed in an orange dijon dressing. It’s a great winter salad that’s both hearty and packed with flavor.
Get the Recipe: Chopped Crispy Citrus Chicken Salad

Pad Thai Salad

Pad Thai salad on a plate with creamy peanut dressing.
Pad Thai Salad. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Love Pad Thai? This salad version gives you all those favorite flavors in a veggie-packed meal. It’s great for meal prep and can easily be made vegan. A perfect pick for a filling meal that keeps things light and fresh.
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Asian Turkey Burger Salad

Asian turkey burger salad on two stacked white plates.
Asian Turkey Burger Salad. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Here’s a salad that packs the punch of a Thai-flavored turkey burger, complete with a creamy peanut dressing. It’s a great way to get those bold flavors in a lighter, yet still filling, meal. Perfect for lunch or dinner when you want something substantial but healthy.
Get the Recipe: Asian Turkey Burger Salad

Avocado Lentil Cranberry Salad

Avocado lentil salad in a bowl with serving spoon and silver plate with fork.
Avocado Lentil Cranberry Salad. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Loaded with healthy fats from avocado, plus lentils and cranberries, this salad is tossed in a lemon dijon dressing. It’s a hearty lunch or side that brings together great flavors and textures.
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Balsamic Tofu Pasta Salad

Tofu balsamic pasta salad in a glass bowl with white rubber spatula.
Balsamic Tofu Pasta Salad. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

This pasta salad brings together tofu and fresh summer veggies with a simple balsamic dressing. It’s easy to make and loaded with protein, thanks to the tofu. If you’re after a plant-based meal that fills you up, this salad hits the spot.
Get the Recipe: Balsamic Tofu Pasta Salad

Burger Bowls

Burger bowl with bacon, lettuce, tomato, onion, avocado and special sauce.
Burger Bowls. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

This recipe takes all the good stuff from a classic burger and turns it into a big salad that feels like a complete meal. It’s got a special homemade sauce and all your favorite burger toppings, making it a great choice for anyone looking for a hearty salad option.
Get the Recipe: Burger Bowls

Roasted Cranberry Broccoli Salad

A bowl filled with broccoli, carrots and cranberries.
Roasted Cranberry Broccoli Salad. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

With roasted cranberries, butternut squash, toasted almonds, and pepitas, this broccoli salad is a fall-inspired meal that’s great on its own. It’s a hearty option that combines great tastes and textures.
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Honey Mustard Chicken and Brussels Sprouts Salad

Honey mustard chicken and brussels sprouts salad on plates.
Honey Mustard Chicken and Brussels Sprouts Salad. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

This salad brings together chicken, Brussels sprouts, apples, and pomegranates with a tasty honey mustard dressing. It’s a great choice for a meal that’s both hearty and seasonal.
Get the Recipe: Honey Mustard Chicken and Brussels Sprouts Salad

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Gina Matsoukas is an AP syndicated writer. She is the founder, photographer and recipe developer of Running to the Kitchen — a food website focused on providing healthy, wholesome recipes using fresh and seasonal ingredients. Her work has been featured in numerous media outlets both digital and print, including MSN, Huffington post, Buzzfeed, Women’s Health and Food Network.

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