With the addition of meat, these salads are the perfect way to stay full and healthy.
Cost per serving: $1.92
Don’t have peaches? This recipe works great if you grill fruits like nectarines, mangoes and plums instead.
See recipe: Grilled Chicken, Peach and Arugula Salad
Cost per serving: $1.24
Fat: 13g (sat 5g)
Eating healthy doesn’t mean you need to cut out bacon (the key is moderation). Enjoy it in this salad and also get 6 whole grams of fiber.
See recipe: Spinach Salad with Figs and Warm Bacon Vinaigrette
Cost per serving: $2.84
This Balsamic Chicken Salad recipe is a light and tasty no-fuss dinner option. Turn it into a second meal by rolling up a small serving into a wrap for lunch the next day!
See recipe: Balsamic Chicken Salad
Cost per serving: $2.29
At only 195 calories, this meaty salad is substantial enough for supper. If you’ve got leftover steak, chicken or pork, use that instead of roast beef.
See recipe: Roast Beef and Romaine Salad
Cost per serving: $3.01
You can tweak this versatile dish to match your taste and budget preference. Save money by substituting flank steak for skirt steak when it’s on sale. If you don’t care for peppery arugula, or your grocery store doesn’t have it in stock, use romaine, spinach or mixed greens.
See recipe: Grilled Steak and Portobello Salad
Cost per serving: $2.45
Leftover: Steak, chicken or pork
If you don’t have time to cook a skirt steak, leftover steak tastes just as great. Chicken or pork would be delicious in this recipe as well.
See recipe: Steak Salad
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: $3.08
You can use leftover cooked chicken in this salad instead of sautéing the breasts, if you have it on hand. Or, pick up a rotisserie chicken, cut up the meat and toss it in.
See recipe: Chicken and Pears over Arugula
Cost per serving: $4.05
This Black Bean and Chicken Salad recipe is the perfect go-to meal when you're in the mood for something light, yet satiating. You can also add chopped avocados for a creamy element to this salad, or chopped jicama for crunch.
See recipe: Black Bean and Chicken Salad
Cost per serving: $3.41
This fresh and hearty Curried Chicken and Grape Salad can be prepared in just minutes. If you want to mix it up, swap the grapes for chunks of mango for a tropical tang.
See recipe: Curried Chicken and Grape Salad
Cost per serving: $3.34
No time to cook tonight? You can have this quick and healthy dish on the table in just 15 minutes, no stove required! Serve black-eyed peas as the recipe suggests, or use whatever you have on hand – cannellini, navy or a combination of the two also taste delicious.
See recipe: Shrimp and Black-Eyed Pea Salad
Cost per serving: $3.11
Orange segments help to make this salad light and refreshing. Try using a combination of different orange varieties to make this recipe your own.
See recipe: Shrimp, Avocado and Orange Salad
Cost per serving: $3.31
Salmon is packed with beneficial omega-three fatty acids, but it’s not the only fish that tastes good in this recipe; try it with fresh tuna for a traditional Niçoise salad.
See recipe: Salmon, Potato and Green Bean 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: $1.42
Please meat eaters and greens lovers alike with this festive dish, which is loaded with cheese, cold cuts and vegetables.
See recipe: Italian Chopped Salad
Cost per serving: $1.85
Cheeses, turkey bacon and chicken, along with plenty of crunchy vegetables, make this a true meal in a bowl.
See recipe: Low-fat Chef’s Salad
Cost per serving: $1.60
Thick slices of bacon put this salad a cut above your average Caesar. And the homemade dressing, made from super-cheap ingredients, is ready in minutes.
See recipe: Bacon Caesar Salad
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: $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: $3.21
Look for tubes of wasabi paste in the Asian section of the supermarket to save money.
See recipe: Chicken and Avocado Salad with Wasabi-Lime Dressing