Make salads a main course with these tasty, nutritious and filling recipes
Cost per serving: $3.20
Ready in just 15 minutes, this hearty salad makes a great quick and easy weeknight meal that's low in calories (even with bacon and blue cheese) clocking in at under 500 calories.
See recipe: Quick Cobb Salad with Yogurt Dressing
Cost per serving: $1.24
Filling ingredients like chickpeas and bacon help to make this surpisingly filling salad a substaintial, one-dish dinner. If the flavor of blue cheese is too strong for you, try using goat cheese or parmesan shavings.
See recipe: Spinach Salad with Figs and Warm Bacon Vinaigrette
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: $3.38
This nutritious salad is a great way to use leftover turkey, but chopped chicken and ham are equally delicious.
See recipe: Cobb Salad with Cranberries
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: $1.48
To add some crunch to this sweet-and-salty salad, toss in some lightly toasted nuts. Pecans, walnuts or almonds work nicely.
See recipe: Harvest Salad with Bacon Vinaigrette
Cost per serving: $3.38
This salad is hearty without meat, but ham lends saltiness and depth. You also can make this dish topped with grilled chicken or shrimp.
See recipe: Warm Spinach Salad with Red Onions and Nectarines
Cost per serving: $1.36
Go Greek with this tasty dish, perfect on its own or with a bowl of soup.
See recipe: Pita Bread and Pea Salad
Cost per serving: $1.42
All the rich flavors in a classic antipasto come together in this satisfying salad.
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: $3.11
Orange segments help to make this salad light and refereshing. Try swapping out the orange for grapefruit, or use a combination of both, to make this recipe your own. Or serve with warmed tortillas for a heartier meal.
See recipe: Shrimp, Avocado and Orange Salad
Cost per serving: $1.60
Crisp bacon takes the place of croutons in this restaurant-quality salad.
See recipe: Bacon Caesar Salad
Cost per serving: $3.28
Featuring quinoa, tuna, and eggs, this salad is protein-packed. If you'd like, you can get a head start on preparing it by cooking the quinoa, eggs and green beans up to 1 day ahead. Cover each separately and refrigerate until ready to use.
See recipe: Quinoa Salad Niçoise with Lemon-Caper Vinaigrette
Cost per serving: $2.29
The various colors and textures of this layered salad make for a pretty presentation in a clear glass bowl. You can even prepare it a few hours in advance up until the point at which you add the dressing. Dress the salad no more than 10 minutes before serving.
See recipe: Layered Salad with Buttermilk Ranch Dressing
Cost per serving: $5.35
This berry salad makes a tasty light lunch. You can also pair it with grilled beef, chicken or pork for a hearty supper.
See recipe: Summer Berry Salad with Lime-Basil Vinaigrette
Cost per serving: $3.14
Nothing short of spicy, the chipotle dressing packs a punch in this taco salad. If you prefer a milder dressing, tame the heat by using less adobo sauce. For more fire, add more sauce 1 tsp. at a time.
See recipe: Chopped Chicken Taco Salad with Chipotle Dressing
Cost per serving: 75¢
Rather than dousing your salad in cheese and high-fat dressings, opt for a more flavorful and healthy option. The spiced walnuts add a smoky taste and crunch to the greens and fresh apples keep the flavor bright.
See recipe: Green Salad with Spiced Walnuts
Cost per serving: $1.23
This flavorful Mediterranean Lentil Salad recipe is so simple to throw together for a weekday meal or easy weekend lunch. To enjoy it cold, toss drained lentils with lemon, oil, salt and pepper; cover and chill. Top with tomatoes, olives, basil and cheese just before serving.
See recipe: Mediterranean Lentil Salad
Cost per serving: $1.13
Indulge in the rich and creamy taste of avocado, perfect when paired with the bright flavors of spinach and red onion.
See recipe: Spinach-and-Avocado Salad
Cost per serving: $2.39
Try this dish with other hearty grains like barley or quinoa.
See recipe: Whole-Wheat Couscous with Spinach and Pears