15 Best Entrée Salad Recipes

Put salad center stage with these dishes.

spring mix with roasted pears

Which healthy recipes are on your weight loss menu? Whether you’re making an effort to add more nutritious whole foods to your diet or you’re shedding inches, salads are a smart, nutrient-packed dinner option. Check out our 15 best entrée salad recipes.

Many of us grew up thinking of salads as the bowl of green stuff drowned in dressing that you ate before a big meaty meal. But salads are all grown-up now and you’ll find plenty of ways to add these nutritional powerhouses to your menu, including as entrées.

Entrée salad recipes make fantastic leftovers as well. When possible, set aside a portion of the recipe, with no dressing added, and place it into a single-serve container for lunch the next day. Simply add dressing the next day for an easy-peasy grab-n-go lunch that’s healthier than takeout, and cheaper too!

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1. Smoked Salmon, Feta, and Avocado Salad
Entrée salad recipes, like this dish, are rich in heart-healthy nutrients to keep your ticker tocking.

2. Spring Mix with Roasted Pears and Feta
This light entrée is a lovely finish to your day—if you’d like extra protein, mix in a portion of sliced, cooked chicken breast.

3. Quinoa Salad with Fresh Vegetables
Quinoa adds superfood power to this salad, which also features veggies like eggplant, peas, zucchini, and more.  

4. Jalapeno Lime Tuna Salad
You may never go back to that regular ol’ tuna salad recipe after you treat your taste buds to this zinged up version.

5. Grilled Asparagus, Green Apple, and Zucchini Salad
Add a portion of sliced, cooked chicken breast to this refreshing salad recipe, which features a yummy Dijon mustard vinaigrette.

6. Simple Black Bean Corn Quinoa Salad
With 14 grams of vegetable protein, entrée salad recipes like this meal will fill you—and fuel you.

7. Skinny Taco Salad in a Jar
This salad, made with lean ground turkey, is the perfect way to finish a really busy day. It’s easy to make ahead of time and ready to go when you are!

8. Citrus and Spinach Salad with Creamy Lemon Dressing
A salad that’s a winner any time of year, it offers beets, fennel, arugula, plus tasty citrus.  

9. Nicoise Salad
Enjoy this classic, which features protein-rich eggs and tuna, for a complete salad meal.

10. Kale Berry Salad
Dig into superfood yumminess with entree salad recipes like this one. Simply add a portion of sliced, cooked lean chicken to make it heartier.

11. Spring Greens with Strawberries and Candied Pecans
Superfood salad is what’s for dinner tonight! Add a portion of sliced, cooked chicken breast for a protein boost.

12. Grilled Chicken and Pineapple Salad
Treat yourself to a taste of the tropics with this delish dish, which also includes spinach and coconut flakes.

13. Blackened Skirt Steak BLT Salad
This is one salad the resident carnivore won’t turn his or her nose up over—give this flavorful dish a go on your meal plan this week.

14. Spring Salad in an Avocado
Easy entrée recipes, such as this one, taste as good as they look. Try this healthy salad, which also includes baby kale and pea pods.

15. Kale Caesar Salad
Entree salad recipes, like this rustic-tasting dish, are a perfect solution when you want a light dinner packed with thigh-friendly ingredients. Mix in a portion of sliced, cooked chicken breast if you need a heartier version.

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Amy Wagner

Amy is a writer specializing in health & wellness, business, and entrepreneurship. She's a long-time martial arts teacher who has earned a 4th degree black belt in tae kwon do. When Amy's not writing or kicking, she's wrangling sons, reading fiction, or crushing on BBC actors.

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