If you think main dish salads can’t appease all your comfort cravings, think again! For anyone who knows me, knows I love a good hearty meal. Whether it be a rich creamy mac & cheese to an all-the-fixins burger with lots of crispy fries. My husband is more of a eat for energy guy, while I am more of a eat for taste gal (…I see my struggles, I am working on them 🙈 ). Finding the right balance of super flavourful goodness, while not having to feel extra guilty after a meal can be hard sometimes…especially through the winter when all I want from a meal is to be warmed up by something thick and creamy.
But now that summer is here…main dish salads are the best of both worlds and all we are craving lately! They are so quick to put together, and a perfect alternative to using your leftovers! So here are 14 irresistible main dish salads you will want to make right now!
Here is a roundup of our favourite main dish salads that are all kinds of glorious and healthy.
Warm Spinach Salad with Figs & Butternut Squash (Paleo & Vegan) :: from Foraged Dish
Loaded Sweet Potato Tot Salad with Avocado Dressing :: from Lemon Tree Dwelling
Honey Mustard Chicken, Avocado + Bacon Salad :: from Cafe Delites
Blueberry Broccoli Spinach Salad :: from Peas & Crayons
Mediterranean Three Bean Quinoa Salad :: from Two Peas & Their Pod
Ribeye Steak Salad With Balsamic Vinaigrette :: from Joyful Healthy Eats
Baby Kale Salad with Soft Boiled Eggs & Maple Bacon Vinaigrette :: from How Sweet Eats
Grilled Chicken Chopped Antipasto Salad :: from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen
Skinny Chicken And Avocado Caesar Salad :: from Cafe Delites
Shrimp and Avocado Salad with Miso Dressing :: from Pinch of Yum
Balsamic Honey Grilled Steak Salad and Vinaigrette :: from Mom on Timeout
Chicken, Apple Salad with Feta, Bacon, Walnuts & Balsamic Vinaigrette :: from Cooking Classy
BBQ Chicken Salad :: from Damn Delicious
Greek Chicken Souvlaki Salad :: from Lemons for Lulu
Are you a lover of main dish salads?
Here are a few essential items that will make putting together your main dish salads a little bit easier!
Salad Spinner | Glass Bowls | Salad Tongs | Salad Dressing Bottle
What are some of your favourites? I would love to try them out!
Live fixing main salad dishes during the summer. These all look delicious.
Okay, if all salads looked this good then I could definitely get on board the healthy eating train! Especially loving the sound of that Chicken, Apple Salad with Feta, Bacon, Walnuts & Balsamic Vinaigrette… Yum.
Samantha Leigh Kresz says
Omg these all look amazing! That loaded tater tot! I am going to have to try that
Love the roasted veggies salad! Such a delicious contrast!
Chelsea @ Home Well Managed says
I have made that honey mustard dressing salad and it is definitely a keeper! I’m also a eat for taste kind of person 😉
I could eat a salad every single day if they looked this good when I got done making them. My family wouldn’t even complain well not much anyway.
These are absolutely mouthwatering! I am definitely eating healthier and I need some great ideas so that I don’t get bored with what I am eating.
Alli Smith says
I sometimes get stuck in a rut when it comes to salads. You have so many great options to try. They all look so delicious.
Amber Myers says
Oh my gosh, yes. These are my kind of salads. I hate boring salads. I would be happy to have any of these for a meal.
Melissa Chapman says
So many great ideas and choices, I am vegan so I am sure I could find a few in this list to try. The avocado dressing on sweet potatoes looks amazing and I will make it soon.
As our society becomes more educated on healthy eating, it can sometimes get redundant, given how much we need to incorporate salads into our meals. Gone are the days of the “side-salad”. You have some really unique recipes here to keep things interesting.
These all look so good that I wouldn’t know which to try first. Going to do some pinning to try later.
Paula Schuck says
OMG these salads are all calling my name. The sweet potato tater salad looks fabulous. The shrimp salad looks so good. That’s a great meal for me. I would be all over that. I better pin this for later. I need salad inspiration.
Sarah Bailey says
I have to admit I struggle with eating salad as it just doesn’t excite me but this post makes me think perhaps I have just been trying the wrong ones!
Kelly Reci says
The Sweet Potato Tot Salad is totally my jam! The one thing about salads is that I always associate them with side dishes but these salads have totally changed my mind.
I love a good salad as a main dish, especially this time of year! These salads look so good and filling!!
Debra Hawkins says
We have been doing a lot of salads in our house lately! We need a few new ideas for our daily dinners!
Oh my gosh, these salads are meals!! I love them and I think I’m going to have to incorporate more of these as a meal instead. Its probably a little bit healthier.
Wow! These all look incredible! I’m not a big salad lover. It both my older girls are and I know they’d love all of these!
Chubskulit Rose says
I love grilled chicken salad like the one you have here. I just had one yesterday from a resort and it was delicious!
oh, my goodness! These are so irresistible indeed. I love meat with my salad. Thanks for sharing!
Anosa Malanga says
Wow, so many good choices. I hope I can also make all of this in the future. Probably one at a time so my cooking skills will be improved.
I go in waves with my produce obsession. Last year I added brussel sprots to everything. This year it’s been all about sweet potato. Can’t wait to try it on a salad.
This is the best salad list ever. I am a huge salad for mains and am always on the lookout for ideas. I have bookmarked this to refer to it over the next week 🙂