18 Healthy Salads You Should Try For Dinner
If you’re trying to lose weight| it’s inevitable: salads are going to be part of your life. But salads don’t have to be sad| bland| or boring! With these 18 recipes hand-picked for the evening hours| your meal can be delicious| nutritious| and filling; that means there’s no need to head back to the fridge a few hours later. Each of these recipes offers the right mix of protein| fat| and carbs to keep you satisfied and happy at dinner.
| Summer Veggie Black Bean Salad
This fresh and produce-packed Summer salad needs to make its way into your dinnertime rotation. It’s a vegetarian-friendly recipe high in fiber and protein to help you feel full once the meal is done. Mix up a big batch the night before| and let all the flavors meld overnight for best results.
| Kale and Farro Salad
Inspired by one of my favorite SF starters| this kale and farro salad is a vegetarian main that will fill you up. Two types of lettuce provide the perfect balance of hydration and nutrients and a contrast in texture| while avocado and the chewy whole-grain farro help bulk things up| so you’re satisfied from dinner.
| Chinese Chicken Salad
Colorful| crispy| and packed with nutrition| this Asian chicken salad will satisfy your cravings for the fried restaurant alternatives. With nearly 20 grams of protein and clocking in at just over 230 calories per filling portion| it’s a much healthier alternative you’ll enjoy just as much.
| Watermelon-Bowl Salad
Could anything be more refreshing than serving up a tasty salad in its very own watermelon bowl? Highly doubtful. This vegan-friendly recipe is packed with tons of fresh produce and plenty of protein to fill you up.
| Curried Chickpea Salad
When you’re over a ton of greens but need something light and filling| opt for this tasty curried chickpea salad from The Hummusapien that’s packed with ingredients you already have on hand. This is the perfect throw-together meal that will satisfy when you don’t have a lot of time to spare.
| Thai Beef Salad
If you’ve ever been timid about making your own Thai food in the kitchen| this healthy Thai beef salad is the perfect starter recipe for you. Cucumber and romaine will help you hydrate| while the beef offers over 34 grams of lean and hearty protein. These leftovers are delicious for lunch the next day.
| Thai Citrus Chicken Salad
The combination of cabbage| carrot| and daikon in this citrus chicken salad is an antioxidant-rich trifecta! This recipe supports your digestive system and keeps your body hydrated in warmer temperatures. It’s also high in protein and low in fat| carbs| and calories. In short| it’s everything you’re looking for in a filling salad.
| Mediterranean Quinoa Salad
If you’re always left wanting something else after chowing down on a standard Greek salad| this Mediterranean quinoa salad is the answer to your olive- and feta-filled prayers. The addition of this complex carb fills you up with even more fiber!
| Easy Taco Salad
If you’re craving the flavors of your favorite cantina| channel them into this light yet satisfying taco salad that’s loaded with fresh flavors and without all the calories and fat. To keep things even lighter| consider subbing lean ground turkey for the beef.
| Bento Salad
Burn more fat with a delicious Japanese recipe? We’re in! This beautiful bento salad is full of good-for-you| fiber-rich| and hydrating produce like cabbage| daikon| and avocado| and the green tea in the dressing works to boost your metabolism.
| Lemony Toasted Quinoa and Cabbage Salad
This lemony toasted quinoa and wilted cabbage salad is the perfect recipe for any clean-eating endeavors; not only do the flavors meld well together| but each ingredient helps aid digestion| like the fiber in the quinoa| chickpeas| and cabbage and the detoxifying properties of lemon.
| Black Bean and Mango Salad
For a refreshing vegan recipe that’s packed with protein| add this quick black bean and mango salad to your lunchtime rotation. With more than 13 grams of fiber and nearly 17 grams of protein| this light| clean| and potassium-rich dish will support your goals| refuel your body after a tough evening workout| help you rehydrate| and even help soothe sore muscles.
| Baby Kale Chicken Salad
If you want to get on the kale bandwagon but aren’t a fan of the leaf’s strong taste| baby kale is your new best friend. The young leaves are mild tasting| much like spinach| but still pack the same nutrients as their older counterparts. This easy baby kale and sesame chicken salad makes for a flavorful and protein-rich dinner to keep you satisfied all night.
| Jennifer Aniston’s Favorite Quinoa Salad
It’s high in fiber| iron| and vitamin C| so you can see all the healthy reasons actress Jennifer Aniston loves this simple quinoa salad. Think of it as a bulked-up tabbouleh| since detoxifying parsley lays the base of the greens| while a scoop of quinoa and diced avocado provide over 60 percent of your daily recommended fiber. Squeeze fresh lemon juice on top for a brighter flavor and even more detoxifying power at dinner.
| Rainbow Quinoa Salad
This beautiful veggie-packed quinoa salad screams Summer! A bowl of this gluten-free goodness is under 350 calories| offering 13 grams of protein and seven grams of fiber. Any vegetarians or vegans looking for a protein-rich recipe will fall hard for this supper.
| Cucumber Caprese Salad
Another riff on the classic caprese comes in the form of this hydrating and refreshing cucumber caprese salad that might turn into your new go-to recipe. Higher in protein| fiber| and anti-inflammatory omega-3s than the classic| this delicious salad is the perfect addition to your weight-loss dinner rotation.
| Mexican Tempeh Salad
Made with cumin| cayenne| fresh lime juice| and cilantro| this Mexican tempeh quinoa salad offers the zesty| fresh flavor you’re craving. In one bowl| you get a crazy amount of nutrition u2014 almost 10 grams of fiber and 17.4 grams of vegan protein.
| Goop’s Mustard Lentils
Naturally gluten-free and full of fiber| these tiny legumes are a healthy pantry staple you should always have on hand u2014 and they’re absolutely delicious in this lentil salad from Goop. Tangy and clean| this recipe makes for a light yet filling recipe and even better leftovers; the longer this salad sits in the fridge| the better it tastes.