These Main Course Salads are the perfect way to get some nutrients and flavor! One of my favorite easy meals to make are hearty main course dishes. During the winter these salads can be easily made with delicious grains such as farro, couscous, and even with potatoes.
During the summer, grilled veggies, tofu, or citrus are wonderful way to create delicious main course salads. I also like to experiment using canned goods with fresh items during the spring as I eat my way through my pantry.
The other thing that I love about hearty salads is that they can be a great way to put together hearty, affordable meals when you’re trying to stretch a dollar or even if you’re not!
67 Main Course Salads to Enjoy!
Enjoy these Main Course Salad when you are short on time or when you are in the mood for something healthy. Yummy!
I’ve never considered combining tortellini and chicken and throwing it into a bed of arugula, but I’m so glad that Son Shine Kitchen did. As a person who is obsessed with lemons, I can’t get enough of this dressing.
There are three must have condiments that every home cook should have in their home kitchen: sesame oil, vinegar, and olive oil. This asian chicken salad is an upleveled frugal meal with super affordable, fresh ingredients including bell pepper, garlic, car
If you enjoy a good steak but don’t want to splash out on a huge piece of expensive meat, this salad is a great way to enjoy your favorite cut of meat for a lot less money. The ingredient that pulls this whole recipe together is bacon. Everything is made better with bacon.
There are a couple of salad combinations that are addictive to me and prosciutto and arugula in a salad is always a winning combination. What’s nice about this salad is the addition of cannellini beans and fennel which gives the salad a slight licorice flavor and crunch.
One of the most challenging aspects of eating keto, paleo, etc. Is finding enough delicious recipes so that you have a constant rotation of yummy things to eat. This salad takes 10 minutes to whip together and the Italian seasoning gives it a nice tang.
It’s not often that people think about grilling fruit for salad, but hopefully this recipe will change people’s minds. If you have a mini stove top grill collecting dust in your pantry, grab it and make this dish. There’s also grilled halloumi in this dish.
Strawberries and steak are a combination that many people may not have considered until now. This is a five ingredient salad, not including the ingredients to make the dressing. Top it off with freshly ground pepper and salt and enjoy!
What is unique about this salad is the creation of an avocado dressing. Aquafaba is the surprising special ingredient. In case you’re wondering, aquafaba is the liquid found in cans of chickpeas. It’s also great to use in baking.
This recipe made me run to the grocery store and pick up a bag of wild rice. Everything about this salad is incredibly simple and filling. The most complicated part of this dish is cooking the rice. Once that’s done, assembling the rest of the ingredients is super easy.
Anything with peanut butter is a winning combination in my world. And, the great thing about this dish is that it’s a super affordable meal as well. Boxed spaghetti and peanut butter are in almost everyone’s pantry. Garlic, ginger, and sesame oil make a wonderful dressing.
Israeli couscous is my favorite style of couscous to eat because it’s so hearty. It’s also a really pretty grain to cook with as well. The next time you’re in Sprouts or Whole Foods make sure to grab some Israeli za’atar which is a spice mix that many people may be unfamiliar with.
Grab a can of mixed beans, drain and toss in the fresh ingredients. If you don’t have one can of mixed beans then you can use a combination of garbanzo beans, pre-cooked black-eyed peas, and cannellini or white beans.
This salad looks like summer in a bowl. If you’re gluten intolerant, just substitute the pasta for your favorite gluten-free variety. The lemon herb vinaigrette is incredibly easy to toss together in under 5 minutes.
Taco salad reminds me of visiting my relatives in the midwest. Nothing about this salad screams healthy, but everything about it screams delicious. If you have a trifle dish or a deep glass dish to serve it in, make sure to use it when putting this salad together.
One of the best things about fajitas is the sizzling sound it makes as it’s being cooked. Use your air fryer to cook this salad quickly. Use a variety of toppings ranging from radishes, onions, or cilantro to give it an extra “umph!”
This salad is gorgeous and nothing beats the spicy avocado dressing that tops it off.
As a salad lover, I’m so excited to eat my way through this list. Salads don’t have to be boring and they aren't always lettuce and tomatoes. What I love about the different salads on this list is that they make the case that salads can be an entire hearty and delicious