Healthy doesn't have to mean dull when it comes to these salad recipes
Cost per serving: $3.02
Canned oranges taste just as delicious as fresh ones in this nutritious recipe. For a differnent taste, you can substitute pecans or walnuts for the peanuts.
Recipe: Wilted Spinach Salad with Chicken and Mandarin Oranges
Cost per serving: $2.54
Bulgur is available in most supermarkets, but if you can't find it, use couscous instead. Follow the package label directions to cook the couscous -- it's ready in about 5 minutes.
Recipe: Shrimp Tabbouleh
Cost per serving: $3.08
Together the nutrients in the rice and corn make a complete protein, otherwise found only in animal products.
Recipe: Fiesta Rice Salad
Cost per serving: $2.80
Instead of serving the salad over mixed greens, fold it into whole-wheat wraps with a few spinach leaves. Serve baked potato chips or tortilla chips on the side.
Recipe: Chicken and Apple Salad
Cost per serving: $2.09
Tuna provides omega-3 fatty acids, essential for heart health, as well as vitamin D, which helps maintain healthy bones. Olives and olive oil are good sources of monosaturated fat, which can help lower LDL cholesterol.
Recipe: Pasta Salad with Tuna, Olives and Parsley
Cost per serving: $3.38
This fresh-tasting salad calls for mango and lime juice. You can swap the mango for grapes or diced pineapple, and toss in toasted sliced almonds for a bit of crunch.
See recipe: Curried Chicken Salad
Cost per serving: $2.63
Romaine is a good source of vitamins A and C, plus folate, turkey and eggs add satisfying protein, cranberries tick up the fiber and just the right amount of bacon and blue cheese tastes indulgent without piling on the calories.
See recipe: Cobb Salad with Cranberries
Cost per serving: $3.15
Top the salad withe more items from your pantry and refrigerator, such as chopped parsely, jarred roasted red peppers, marinated artichokes and pitted olives. Or toss in 1/2 cup chopped, toasted walnuts, pine nuts or pistachios.
Recipe: Mediterranean Chickpea Salad
Cost per serving: $1.95
This classic sandwich-turned-salad is a great, easy weekday meal option. Feel free to use turkey bacon if you want to lighten up this hearty dish.
See recipe: BLT Salad
Cost per serving: $2.69
Offer a salad and a loaf of crusty bread on the side, or cook 1 lb. rigatoni, place in a large bowl and ladle the stew on top.
See recipe: Spicy Lentil Salad with Yogurt and Cilantro
Cost per serving: $1.13
To save 5 minutes off your prep time, grab a bag of pre-shredded Brussels sprouts at the supermarket.
See recipe: Brussels Sprouts with Ham