Easy Dinner Salads
Toss together one of these hearty salads for a filling and nutritious supper.
Fig, Hazelnut, and Goat Cheese Salad
Crunch, sweetness, and a touch of richness--this recipe has everything you want in a salad. Dress the greens separately, then tuck in the soft figs and cheese so they keep their shape.
Bistro Dinner Salad
This elegant salad is perfect for entertaining guests who love expanding their culinary horizons. The pear's sweetness contrasts the greens' slight bitter flavor, while walnuts, bacon, blue cheese, egg, and a mustard tarragon vinaigrette add delicious complexity to the meal.
Grilled Pear, Chicory, and Endive Salad
When grilled, pears take on an appealing savoriness. Paired with rich nuts, cheese, and a variety of cold-weather greens, they make an unusual (and quick) main-course salad.
Beet, Farro, and Watercress Salad with Fig Vinaigrette
This salad is simply chock-full of all kinds of good stuff--sweet, tender beets; the crisp snap of zucchini; fennel's anise crunch; and chewy-tender farro. You can make it up to two days ahead; just leave out the watercress until shortly before serving.
Pear and Endive Chopped Salad
Toss endives, parsley, and pears with vinaigrette dressing and top with pecans and blue cheese for a flavorful, no-cook salad.
Charred Steak Salad with Spicy Dressing
Placed within a bed of greens, broccoli, and cauliflower, the charred steak and spicy dressing are the real stars of this delicious salad recipe.
Spinach and Quinoa Salad with Shrimp
Simple, fresh, and perfectly portioned for two, this main dish salad is great for a quiet weeknight. Just you? Enjoy the second portion for lunch tomorrow; it will hold up nicely.
Arugula Salad with Shrimp and Grapes
Top fresh arugula with boiled shrimp, red and green grapes, celery, fresh basil, crumbled Gorgonzola cheese, and toasted walnuts for this sweet–yet hearty–salad. Finish off with a tangy homemade dressing made from grapes puréeed with vinegar, olive oil, Dijon mustard, minced onion, salt, and pepper.
Grilled Chicken and Nectarine Salad
30 minutes are all you need to get this delicious salad on the table. Grill chicken breasts, slice, and arrange on a bed of fresh greens. Add sliced nectarine, goat cheese, and toasted pecans, then drizzle the salad with a homemade oil-and-vinegar dressing.
Tuna, Bean and Escarole Salad
Gently toss in lemon vinaigrette and sprinkle with cheese. Thanks to the tuna in this salad, this lunch is a great source of omega-3's.
Crispy Salmon with Herb Salad
Simplicity is the key to this heart-healthy salad, which features skillet-cooked salmon served atop a bed of arugula, parsley, cilantro, basil, and mint tossed in lemon juice and olive oil.
Chicken and Apple Salad with Orange-Mustard Vinaigrette
Arrange greens on four dinner plates. Drizzle with reserved 1/4 cup vinaigrette and top with chicken. Sprinkle with nuts and serve.
Asian Kale Salad
Every time reader Maya Conrad brings this salad to potlucks, she leaves with several requests for the recipe. She likes to make a little extra for workday lunches since it holds up well.
A grill makes everything taste better, and this salad is no exception. It's perfect for a light summer supper. Grilled-Everything Salad is budget-friendly too, since it features grilled flank steak, a cheaper cut of beef.
Chicken Caesar Salad
Throw together this classic salad in no time by using shredded rotisserie chicken. The vinaigrette uses common pantry ingredients and adds fresh flavor that no bottled dressing can match.