Main Dish Salad Recipes

Plenty of salads eat like a meal. Browse recipes for chicken salads, steak salads, taco salads, and grain salads that are hearty enough to be dinner's main event.

Staff Picks

Soba Noodle Salad with Chicken and Sesame

Rating: 4.5 stars 37
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.

Classic Restaurant Caesar Salad

Rating: 4.5 stars 82
I used to work at a very fancy restaurant while I was in college. The best part of the job was making table side salads, entrees, and dessert. This was the best Caesar salad I have ever had! If having trouble getting the anchovy to mash, add a couple of croutons. They provide sort of an anti-skid surface, and the hard edges of the croutons cut into the anchovy.

Grilled Pineapple Salad

Rating: 5 stars 7
Sweet and savory come together beautifully in this salad of marinated grilled chicken and pineapple on a healthy bed of baby spinach. We never have leftovers and everyone who eats it wants the recipe! Use fresh pineapple and rosemary; it makes the dish.

Vietnamese Chicken Salad

Rating: 4.5 stars 45
This is a very simple-to-make salad with bold flavors. You can serve as a side dish or just have it alone. The salad can be refrigerated overnight and still taste good the next day.

Zucchini Artichoke Summer Salad

Rating: 4 stars 29
I made up this salad because our garden is simply overflowing with zucchini! We ate it as a main dish for dinner tonight with Italian seasoning-covered rolls on the side, but it could easily be eaten as a side dish.

Pork, Pear and Walnut Salad

Rating: 4 stars 11
Sauteed pork is served with crisp sliced pear and walnuts over a bed of fresh spinach and drizzled with balsamic vinaigrette.

Napa Cabbage Noodle Salad

Rating: 4.5 stars 63
A delicious salad with lots of crunch.

Grilled Chicken Salad with Seasonal Fruit

Rating: 5 stars 268
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.
By Karena

Tex-Mex Quinoa Salad

Rating: 4.5 stars 120
This versatile salad can be served warm in a tortilla, or as a filling for tacos and burritos.
By SnuzzleMonkey

Saigon Noodle Salad

Rating: 4.5 stars 25
This Vietnamese-style noodle salad is my 'too hot to cook' staple. It is bursting with flavor and makes great use of leftover grilled meat or shrimp.

Inspiration and Ideas

Caprese Salad with Grilled Flank Steak
Rating: Unrated 71
"This was very quick to pull together and made for a nice filling meal on a hot day. Five minutes per side at medium-high temps produced a perfect 140° steak." – Molly
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Classic Macaroni Salad
Rating: 4.5 stars 2695

This classic macaroni salad is a crowd-pleaser at every cookout, potluck, and picnic!