By Carl Hanson

Healthy salads that eat like a satisfying meal

Fresh veggies unite with Mexican spices, Caribbean flavors, and other lively ingredients to create light, yet satisfying dinners.

1. Grilled Chicken Salad with Seasonal Fruit

"Both beautiful in presentation and taste, this salad uses fresh berries in summer (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, or blackberries), and orange segments in winter. Anytime of year this composed salad will bring rave reviews." -- Karena

Photo by Maisan Djuhadi

2. Warm Steak and Potato Salad

Grilled steak and boiled potatoes top mixed baby salad greens and cherry tomatoes. A homemade vinaigrette ties it all together.

Photo by Allrecipes

3. Chicken Broccoli Salad

"This was the perfect warm weather meal," says pixiestix.

Photo by Lori

4. Avocado-Shrimp Salad

"Shrimp, avocado, tomato and sweet onions with fresh squeezed lime juice, nice on a hot day," says RCRENFRO.

Photo by Cynthia Ross

5. Chicken Fiesta Salad

"Great for a quick and easy meal! I grilled my chicken vs. pan frying and used a homemade fajita seasoning," says Jillian.

6. Chicken, Avocado and Mango Salad

"This is a colorful and very tasty mix of chicken, mangos, and avocados in a spicy lime dressing," says GREENLIME.

Photo by Renee

7. Soba Noodle Salad with Chicken and Sesame

"This tasty salad with Japanese buckwheat noodles is both quick and healthy; great for lunch or dinner. Most larger supermarkets have buckwheat soba noodles in the Asian food section," says donrmath

8. Grandma's Easy Turkey Taco Salad

"This is an easy recipe that my Grandmother always made. It is simple and delicious. A sprinkle of cheddar cheese is a great topping," says Jennifer.

Photo by Sugarplum

9. Asian Chicken Noodle Salad

"This easy to prepare noodle salad has plenty of seeds, nuts, greens, chicken, and vegetables," says Xing Jin.

Photo by Allrecipes

10. Caribbean Chicken Salad

"This made a surprisingly delicious and satisfying dinner," says Christine W

Photo by Princess Emicka

11. Strawberry-Mango Grilled Chicken Salad

"All the flavors of summer are packed into this arugula and strawberry salad," says France C. "Perfect for a light dinner on those days you don't want to heat up the house using the oven. Use any mild-flavored oil for the dressing and your favorite seasoning on the chicken. Feel free to divide the ingredients between four large bowls instead of arranging on a platter."

Photo by France C.

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