12 Satisfying Weeknight Salads

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By Cooking Panda

These filling, flavor-packed salads are so good, you’ll feel like you’re eating way more than just a bowl of greens. Pro-tip: if lettuce gets too soggy for your tastes, try mixing it up with some baby kale instead.

1. Big Steak Salad

Candied pecans, crispy onion strings and a slightly tart, slightly sweet dressing really bring this steak salad to a whole new level.

2. Potato Salad

What’s that? Potato salad is supposed to be a side dish? Try telling that to this hearty recipe. (But seriously, you can eat it as a side if you want.)

3. Spinach & Strawberry Salad With Poppy Seed Dressing

Add leftover chicken, steak or your favorite protein to get a meal out of this light and refreshing dish.

4. Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad

You can’t go wrong with a classic. Of course, you can add packaged croutons and already cooked chicken if you want to save time, but freshly grilled chicken and homemade croutons are fabulous if you have a little extra time.

5. World’s Best Chicken Salad

It’s a little bit like a Cobb salad, but the fresh corn off the cob, cucumber, crumbled feta and honey lime vinegar dressing add a delicious twist for something a little different.

6. Tostada Salad

Put it on top of a crispy tortilla shell or one of those ready-made tostada bowl shells if you want a little extra crunch, and throw in any leftover protein you have. Sour cream, roasted peppers and squash are also great additions.

7. Grilled Chicken and Toasted Couscous Salad with Lemon-Buttermilk Dressing

Because salad doesn’t have to be just lettuce. This dish would also be great with a little seared salmon instead of chicken.

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8. Skillet Steak and Wilted Kale

Sprinkle a little blue cheese over this restaurant-style steak salad to bring it to a whole new level of flavors.

9. Shrimp and Pesto Rice Salad

Shrimp, pesto and rice combine for a super easy, filling and flavorful non-lettuce change of pace.

10. Spicy Pork and Orange Chopped Salad

Have some leftover pork? Throw it into this fresh salad with coleslaw and chopped oranges.

11. Turkey Artichoke Pecan Salad

You wouldn’t think it, but artichokes and pecans are a winning combination.

12. Farmer’s Market Pasta Salad


You absolutely can and should make pasta salad your main dish. Add or subtract ingredients based on whatever delicious fresh fruits and vegetables you have.

Featured Photo Credit: The Kitchen Whisperer

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