Saturday, January 6, 2018

10 Salad As A Meal Ideas

Yes, I do New Year's resolutions. Most of my resolutions involve eating better or living in a healthier way. Sometimes I fail and sometimes I succeed. Such is life. 
One of the things that I find helpful in keeping my resolutions is planning out my meals. I've put together this list of 10 Salad As A Meal Ideas because they are some of my favorite recipes to make. They are generally pretty easy, quick, and - most importantly - very tasty.  It's not a secret that I am not a huge fan of salad BUT I am very fond of these recipes because they are more like a filling, hearty meal than a boring old green salad. 
Links to the recipes are included below each photograph!

Roasted veggies with a lovely garlic vinaigrette combine into one of my all time favorite salad recipes. It comes in at 360 calories per serving, which is fabulous for those counting their calories! (Nutritional counts can be found with the recipe at the original link) Find the recipe by clicking HERE! 

The dressing on this salad is amazing! I promise you will be wanting to make it for everything!
This salad comes in at 440 calories but is full of protein and fiber and is sooooo hearty and filling. Also, it's beautiful, so that counts too, am I right? 
The recipe and nutritional counts can be found by clicking HERE

At only 250 calories this salad is as close to perfection as a salad can get. With all those pretty colors how can you not fall in love? And don't even get me started on the flavors and textures! #addicting
Click HERE for the recipe and nutritional counts. 

Sweet and spicy are the big attraction here. Not to mention the huge serving for only 378 calories. Looking for something to heat up your taste buds? You'll want to give this delicious salad a try. 
Click HERE for full nutritional counts and the recipe! 

The first time I tried a wedge salad I was skeptical. I mean.... it's a big hunk of lettuce. Here's the thing though..... it's so much more than that. It's weird but when you top it with the dressing and prawns it transforms into a light and refreshing lunch for only 162 calories. Give it a try, you won't regret it!
Click HERE for the recipe and nutritional counts!

This one takes a little bit of planning but is totally worth it. All those flavors and colors and textures are simply amazing. It comes in at 417 calories and is very filling. Definite something different!
Find the recipe and nutritional counts HERE

I make this salad at least once a week (when I have asparagus available). The calorie count is fabulous (249 calories) and it is full of fiber and protein so it keeps you feeling full a bit longer. What's not to love about that?
Find the recipe and nutritional counts HERE

This is the only salad we didn't do a nutritional count on. That being said it is still a super healthy choice full of protein and lots of veggies. When we were catering this was one of our most popular lunch orders! Find the recipe HERE.  

Steak and cheese in a salad? Yes. ALL the yes. 
You'll satisfy even the biggest of eaters with this healthier take on a cheese steak sandwich. All of the tastiness much less of the calories and carbs! (435 calories)
Find the recipe and nutritional count HERE

Last, but not least is this bit of pasta and chicken art. 
For only 260 calories per serving you can have pasta and chicken and still eat healthy! 
Find the recipe and the nutritional counts HERE

All of the above salads have their own homemade dressing which I prefer over store bought. Don't get me wrong - I use store bought dressing quite often, but making your own can be so much more rewarding. 

Still looking for more salad as a meal ideas? Check out our previous round up:
18 more recipes with homemade dressings which include calorie counts and nutritional values. 


  1. Absolutely love salads no matter what season it is! They all look wonderful... have pinned a few to try. Thanks for the inspiration and the reminder that salads are a great meal idea ♥

  2. We love eating this way! Whole meal salads are the way to go. Must try your Shrimp Cobb Salad!

    1. Thank you Elaine, the shrimp cobb is one of my favs. :)

  3. I'm also a fan of salads, all year round! Thank you for organizing ten of them in one place!

  4. Boring old green salad!? Lol that's one of my favorites! Haha these ten hearty salads do look great though. I could see them being much more filling then a leaf salad. Such an easy way to eat healthier!

    1. I wish I liked green salad. My life would be so much easier lol :P Thanks Chef!