10 Hearty and Delicious Salad Recipes to Make for Dinner

Make salad a dinner option — we have hearty and delicious recipes that are perfect for weeknight meals
Liégeoise Salad


This warm salad of potatoes, green beans, and endive, served topped with fried bacon, onions, and egg, is a Belgian specialty. 

People tend to think of salads as a tool for improving health or losing weight, but that doesn’t mean a salad can’t be a satisfying and filling meal. Salads have a bad reputation for tasting bland and boring— lettuce, tomatoes, dressing. Simple salads are fine for a mid-afternoon snack, but they are by no means filling. Spice up boring salads with fruit, protein, seasonal vegetables, and tasty dressings. There are a slew of salad recipes to choose from that are both delicious and so filling that you won't need anything else.

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Salad is a dish that can either be served warm or cold with a mixture of raw or cooked vegetables — and grains, pasta, and meats can also be incorporated. Add flavor with dressings  that include ingredients like buttermilk, citrus juice, or olive oil.

Keep your salad hearty and healthy with grilled fish, chicken, or steak. Our Citrus Steak Salad recipe calls for thin slices of steak, strawberries, red onions, oranges, lettuce, and goat cheese tossed in a flavorful dressing made with olive oil, orange juice, apple cider vinegar, parsley, and honey. If you don’t like steak, feel free to swap out the protein in favor of grilled chicken, fish, or tofu. If you don’t have meat restrictions, grilled steak or chicken also work well as a side for orzo salad.

Here are 10 options to make for dinner tonight:

Chicken Salad with Apples and Cranberries

Chicken Salad with Apples and Cranberries


Make this delicious chicken salad with fall fruit.

Make the most of autumn's seasonal fruits with this delicious chicken salad with apples and cranberries. The salad can be served on crusty bread or rolls to create a sandwich, or alone on a plate garnished with additional apple slices. — Kerri Barrett

For the Chicken Salad with Apples and Cranberries recipe, click here.

Citrus Steak Salad

Citrus Steak Salad


Enjoy this steak salad with a citrus dressing.

Thinly sliced steak placed on top of crisp greens makes for a refreshing and citrusy salad. — Taste of Home

For the Citrus Steak Salad recipe, click here.