21 Healthy Dinner Salad Recipes

Have salad for dinner with these healthy and substantial salad recipes that are filling, delicious and easy to make!

When most people think of salads they envision a small plate with greens and a few additional veggies or a simple side dish, but I’m here to show you that salads can be so much more than that! With the right toppings you can make a salad that is colorful, bountiful and filling enough to serve as a meal.

Meal-sized salads are totally my thing and I’m all about eating a big ol’ salad for dinner!


A while back I shared my guide for how to build a healthy salad, which involves a good source of protein, complex carbs and healthy fats. That said, I realize that a little inspiration is always nice so I’m sharing this dinner salad roundup with 21 salad recipes that you’ll actually enjoy serving for dinner.

I’ve broken down the salads by protein so you can easily skim the list and choose salads to try based on your favorite protein source(s) and what you have on hand.

I can’t wait for you to try these amazing salads.

Salads With Chicken

Blackened Chicken Cobb Salad

4.11 from 64 votes
This blackened chicken Cobb salad is packed with flavor and so simple to make. Plus, it’s great for meal prep and is grain-free, low-carb and keto-friendly.
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Cobb salad in a large serving bowl with hard boiled egg, blue cheese, cucumber, avocado, blackened chicken, tomato, spinach and bacon. Two wood salad serving spoons and a jar of homemade dressing are beside the bowl.

BBQ Chicken Salad

3.68 from 37 votes
This BBQ chicken salad has so much flavor with grilled BBQ chicken, black beans, corn, avocado, crunchy tortilla chips and a drizzle of both BBQ sauce and ranch dressing.
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Bowl with bbq chicken salad. A fork is in the bowl and a napkin and glass of water are beside the bowl.

Thai Curry Chicken Salad with a Creamy Dijon Dressing

5 from 3 votes
This Thai curry chicken salad, with fresh pineapple, cucumber, bell pepper, and creamy dijon dressing, is fresh, bright, flavorful and filling.
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Overhead shot of Thai Curry Chicken Salad with a Creamy Dijon Dressing served on a wood table.

Pear Salad with Walnuts, Avocado and Grilled Chicken

4.42 from 17 votes
An easy pear salad with walnuts, avocado and grilled chicken. This combo makes for a satisfying meal-sized salad that’s perfect for pear season!
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Salad topped with pears, grilled chicken, turkey bacon, cranberries, goat cheese, walnuts, and avocado with a fork.

Blueberry, Corn and Chicken Salad

4.72 from 7 votes
The perfect summertime blueberry corn chicken salad with fresh blueberries, grilled corn, shredded chicken, roasted pecans and a maple balsamic dressing. 
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Two plates with blueberry corn chicken salad with a fork, cloth napkin and dressing on the side.

Fuji Apple Salad

4.32 from 16 votes
This delicious meal-sized salad is inspired by Panera’s Fuji apple salad with fresh apple slices, gorgonzola, tomatoes, pepitas and a white balsamic vinaigrette.
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Fuji apple chicken salad with gorgonzola cheese, pepitas, tomatoes and dressing.

Salads with Turkey

Healthy Taco Salad

4.08 from 40 votes
This healthy taco salad is made with ground turkey taco meat instead of beef and is packed with veggies. It comes together quickly making it perfect for a weeknight meal.
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This healthy taco salad is made with ground turkey taco meat instead of beef and is packed with veggies. It comes together quickly making it perfect for a weeknight meal.

Cheeseburger Salad

3.91 from 31 votes
Enjoy all the flavor of a delicious burger, but make it low carb with a cheeseburger salad that's loaded with veggies and topped with a honey mustard dressing.
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Cheeseburger salad with avocado, red onion, cheddar cheese, tomatoes, ground turkey and pickles.

Salads With Salmon

Grilled Salmon Salad

4.65 from 17 votes
The ultimate summer salad with lightly marinated grilled salmon, sliced peaches, tomatoes and grilled sweet corn. The flavors pair together to make a fresh and flavorful entree sized salad.
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Salad topped with grilled salmon, corn, basil, peaches, and tomatoes.

Superfood Salmon Salad

4.91 from 31 votes
This salmon salad is loaded with roasted sweet potato croutons, avocado, pickled onions and dressed in a light lemon vinaigrette! It’s an easy go-to meal you’ll love having as part of your weekly rotation.
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A plate of superfood salad topped with a filet of salmon topped with quick pickled onions, sweet potato croutons and a lemon vinaigrette.

Mediterranean Salmon Salad

4.49 from 27 votes
This healthy Mediterranean salmon salad combines romaine lettuce, quinoa, tomatoes, red onion and feta cheese all tossed in a light lemon vinaigrette dressing and topped with a salmon filet. It's perfect for lunch or a light dinner.
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A serving platter with mediterranean salad topped with two filets of salmon.

Pistachio Salmon Salad with Harissa Dressing

4 from 4 votes
This pistachio salmon salad has a Middle Eastern feel with baby spinach, quinoa, chickpeas, carrots, dates and spicy harissa dressing. It’s a delicious meal-sized salad that will fill you up without weighing you down. 
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Close-up shot of Pistachio Crusted Salmon served over a bed of baby spinach with quinoa, chickpeas, carrots, dates and a spicy harissa dressing.

Salads with Shrimp

Caesar Salad with Shrimp

5 from 2 votes
This caesar salad with shrimp is topped with sweet potato croutons, avocado, parmesan cheese and a creamy avocado caesar dressing.
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Kale caesar salad topped with grilled shrimp, avocado, sweet potatoes and parmesan cheese shavings in a white bowl.

Grilled Shrimp Salad

4.13 from 8 votes
Grilled shrimp salad with quinoa, broccoli and roasted asparagus! Prepare everything ahead of time and throw it into a bowl for a quick and easy lunch or dinner.
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Overhead photo of a bowl of grilled shrimp salad.

Hearts of Palm Salad with Shrimp

A protein packed hearts of palm avocado salad with grilled shrimp, cilantro and tomatillo avocado dressing. Light, fresh and perfect for summer!
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Salad in a bowl with shrimp, avocado, hearts of palm, tomatoes, and onion.

Vegan Salads

Buffalo Cauilfower Salad

5 from 2 votes
Who said buffalo sauce is just for wings? This buffalo cauliflower salad is loaded with cauliflower, crispy chickpeas and topped with a creamy vegan ranch dressing made from cashews.
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Buffalo cauliflower and chickpeas over lettuce with purple onion and dressing drizzled over in a white bowl on white wood.

“Cheeseburger” Salad with Special Sauce

4.70 from 10 votes
OMG! This “Cheeseburger” Salad with Special Sauce is reminiscent of a Big Mac, but so much better. It’s totally plant-based and made with lentil walnut burger meat and a cashew cream sauce. 
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Vegan cheeseburger salad, dressing drizzled on top, on a plate with fork and neutral napkin.

Vegan Cobb Salad

4.77 from 13 votes
A vegan Cobb salad recipe that gives you all of the delicious flavors of a traditional Cobb salad along with 19 grams of plant-based protein! Vegan, gluten-free and a perfect meal-sized salad.
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Vegan cobb salad with tempeh bacon and chickpeas in a white bowl with a gold fork.

Blackened Tempeh Salad

4.75 from 4 votes
Plant-powered blackened tempeh salad with fresh romaine, quinoa, red onion, bell pepper, avocado and a creamy orange tahini dressing.
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Salad topped with blackened tempeh, tahini dressing, peppers, onions, avocado and quinoa.

Barley Salad with Chickpeas and Pears

4.59 from 24 votes
This hearty barley salad is packed with chickpeas, walnuts, crunchy pears, sun dried tomatoes and parsley. It’s such a flavorful combo and is perfect for meal prep and potlucks.
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Bowl of barley salad with chickpeas and pear. Table is scattered with herbs and walnuts.

Sautéed Mediterranean Lentil Salad

4.36 from 28 votes
This Mediterranean lentil salad marries sautéed tomatoes, fresh basil and feta with steamed lentils for a hearty, flavorful vegetarian meal that takes less than 20 minutes to prepare!
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Plate with a bed of fresh spinach topped with a warm Mediterranean salad, topped with feta and avocado.

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21 Dinner Salad Recipes + Cheeseburger Salad Recipe

5 from 1 vote
Have salad for dinner with these healthy and substantial salad recipes that are filling, delicious and easy to make!
Cheeseburger salad with avocado, red onion, cheddar cheese, tomatoes, ground turkey and pickles.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 27 minutes
Servings 4


  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • ¼ cup diced red onion
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 Tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon Worchestire sauce


  • 8 cups chopped romaine lettuce, about 2 romaine hearts
  • ½ cup sliced red onion
  • 1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
  • ½ cup sliced, or chopped dill pickles
  • ¾ cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 avocado
  • honey mustard dressing


  • Make dressing by blending all of the ingredients together. 
  • Place the ground turkey into a skillet over medium heat and cook meat for about 12 minutes, breaking the turkey with a spatula apart as it cooks. Once the meat is browned and fully cooked, stir in 1/4 cup diced red onion, ketchup, Worchestire sauce, garlic powder and onion powder. Toss to combine and remove from heat. 
  • Prep salads by adding a bed of romaine to each bowl. Top each salad with toppings: seasoned turkey meat, red onion, tomatoes, pickles, shredded cheese and avocado slices. Drizzle on dressing and serve.


Serving: 1without dressing Calories: 336kcal Carbohydrates: 14g Protein: 29g Fat: 19g Saturated Fat: 6g Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g Monounsaturated Fat: 3g Cholesterol: 95mg Sodium: 414mg Potassium: 878mg Fiber: 6g Sugar: 6g
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: dinner salads


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    1. James Wood
      March 23, 2020 AT 10:45 am

      What a great-tasting and easy recipe! I made this exactly as written and it came out great. I would definitely make this recipe again! Thanks for your nice share.

    2. J West
      August 7, 2019 AT 4:53 am

      Looks so delicious for healthy food! hope my family will approve my cooking 😀
      Thanks for sharing!

    3. Charles
      April 4, 2018 AT 12:52 pm

      Wow, this a great article! I very like salad. Everyday, I make salad for my son.
      Thank you so much !

    4. Abby Parker
      July 21, 2017 AT 3:26 am

      Thank you for sharing these salad recipes to us. When it comes to my health and diet, I try focus more on finding the foods that I enjoy. Salads are really healthy, and your recipe made may go-to meal super-tasty! I love these inspirations for making salad one of my favorite dishes. They’re absolutely delicious and these recipes are great on the go.

    5. Vicky
      January 17, 2017 AT 9:24 am

      Good Article! I don’t think that salad can be processed these varieties. I like…

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