Main Dish Salad Recipes

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Soba Noodle Salad with Chicken and Sesame

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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.

Grilled Steak Salad with Asian Dressing

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BBQ steak salad with a sesame-rice vinegar dressing.

Grilled Pineapple Salad

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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

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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

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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.

Flank Steak on Thai Mango Salad

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Delicious, fresh, summery.

Pork, Pear and Walnut Salad

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

Green Salad

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This salad is good for a side dish or a meal on its own. I make it often for my family and they always enjoy it.

Beet Salad with Goat Cheese

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This is a delicious and easy salad which takes little time and is a great meatless main course. It uses beets, goat cheese, candied walnuts and baby greens. For a main dish salad, add chicken. Feel free to include more of your favorite vegetables too.

Weeknight Skillet Slaw

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When you get home from work, you hardly want a big production for dinner. That's when this recipe can be your standby. Cook your ground turkey, then add veggies, cole slaw mix, and sauce and in 10 minutes you've got a hearty meal for everyone to enjoy.

Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon-Mustard Dressing

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A classic steakhouse-style spinach salad with the absolute best warm bacon-mustard dressing I've ever had! Looks and tastes like a lot of work, but can be prepared in no time! This salad can easily be converted to a main dish salad by adding strips of grilled chicken breast.

Inspiration and Ideas

Caprese Salad with Grilled Flank Steak

"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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Crab Louie Salad

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This is a variation of the classic salad. Get your hands on the freshest Dungeness crab possible. It takes a little time to put this salad together, but for an elegant lunch it really pays off!