Looking for protein salads that will actually fill you up? Here I’m sharing over 43 salad recipes featuring a variety of protein sources.
When people think of salads they often envision a simple bowl of greens or vegetables, a side dish or an appetizer, but salads can totally be filling (and satisfying) enough to be served as a meal!
That said, the key to this is making sure your salad has a good source of protein. Without adding some sort of protein, salads aren’t as filling so you’ll likely to eat a salad and be hungry 20 minutes later. Not great, especially if you’re trying to eat more salads for weight loss.
Not with the salad recipes I’m sharing today… every one of them is packed with protein. And with over 40 high protein salad recipes and a ton of different protein options, there’s bound to be a couple that you’ll enjoy no matter your dietary preferences.
I’m super passionate about salads and have a ton of salad resources here on EBF. After you look through this collection of protein salads, but sure to check out my article about how to build a meal-sized salad and my full collection of dinner salads (aka salads you can serve as a meal).
Tuna is such an easy way to add a ton of protein to a salad and you probably have a can sitting in your pantry right now! From a classic tuna salad to a tuna salad with lentils or hard boiled eggs, there are so many fun ways to make a tasty salad with tuna. Plus, it’s loaded with protein… 1 cup of canned tuna has about 40 grams of protein.
4.52 from 41 votes
The best healthy tuna salad recipe made with canned tuna, red onion, celery, chopped pickles and Greek yogurt. Perfect as a snack with crackers or on a sandwich.
Of course, chicken is a go-to protein source for salads and there are so many ways to incorporate it. I love a good chicken salad and have lots of healthier options that are just as tasty as the classic, mayo-based chicken salads. Grilled chicken also makes a great protein packed topping for any salad. 1 cup of cooked chicken has a whopping 38 grams of protein!
4.50 from 40 votes
Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad
This healthy chicken salad recipe uses Greek yogurt instead of mayo so it’s lighter in calories, but still loaded with flavor from the grapes, celery, parsley and almonds.
When it comes to making a protein packed plant-based salad, there are so many protein options you can incorporate including crispy tofu, tempeh, edamame and beans. When it comes to bean salads, I love using chickpeas, white beans and lentils.
4.79 from 14 votes
Vegan Cobb Salad
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.
Homestyle vegan chicken salad made with tofu, almonds, celery, onion and raisins tossed in a creamy vegan dressing. This salad is delicious, protein packed and great for sandwiches and wraps. Vegan and gluten-free.
This meal prep detox salad combines quinoa, edamame, kale, cabbage and apple with a delicious sesame ginger dressing. It's packed with plant-based protein and perfect for traveling or an office lunch! Vegan + gluten-free.
Salmon is one of my favorite ways to boost the protein content of my salads. It’s so delicious and the combo of protein and fat really makes it really satisfying. A 6 oz filet of salmon has 32 grams of protein.
4.92 from 36 votes
Superfood Salmon Salad
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.
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.
This black bean fiesta mason jar salad makes for a colorful, convenient meal that will satisfy your craving for Mexican food! The lime jalapeño dressing is zesty and really ties the whole salad together.
Hey there, I’m Brittany, the creator of Eating Bird Food, cookbook author, health coach and mama of two littles. Here you’ll find quick and easy recipes that make healthy fun and enjoyable for you and your family!
Awesome compilation! Your dishes are so reliably yummy. Looking forward to cooking many of these. Thank you!
Woo! Thanks so much, Nicki! I’m glad you’re finding this collection helpful!
Just what I needed. I’m getting so lazy with cooking with allergies and need new ideas for Summer season. Thanks for all you do to help others. I got recommended by a blogger to try your site. Glad I did.
Yay! I’m so glad this list is helpful for you, Kathy! Thanks for sharing, I really appreciate it 🙂