16 Best Salad Recipes (That Are Healthy And Filling!)

In need of easy salad ideas and great salad recipes? Hope you are ready to have your mind blown by these 16 best salad recipes that are filling, satisfying, and easy to make. From quick salad recipes to make-ahead salads, you have plenty of options to make your salad meals healthy and delicious.  

In need of salad ideas and good salad recipes? Welcome! Hope you are ready to have your mind blown by the best salad recipes that are filling, satisfying, and easy to make. From quick salad recipes to make ahead salads, you have plenty of options to make your salad meals healthy and delicious.

Salads are convenient and easy to make. They are also the go-to healthy meal for everybody who wants to add more nutrients to their diet.

How would you describe your favorite salad? For me, it’s a clean, healthy salad packed with protein and fiber, and rich in vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients. It also has to be colorful. And to taste delicious. Different textures and flavors are nice, too.

I don’t like salads that don’t taste good or salads that taste good, but are not healthy. Not to mention, a salad is no good if it’s not filling or satisfying. So these characteristics have to be on the list as well. Who wants to bother prepping a salad only to feel hungry after an hour or so. No one, right?

I like my healthy salads to be able to replace a meal. Successfully. The good news is, I know many salad recipes that can do that.

I’m pretty sure you want the same thing from a healthy salad so I decided to gather all my favorites in one place. All these healthy salads are clean, easy salads that are delicious and filling despite being made with unrefined ingredients.

If you are looking for salad ideas, stick around and discover the best salads you can make for lunch or dinner, plus tips for how to make a salad healthy and delicious at the same time, and all my favorite healthy salad recipes.

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TOOLSET FOR RECIPES

Before diving into the salad recipes, let’s discuss the tools you need to make healthy salads. That’s the first step in learning how to make a salad and we shouldn’t skip it. These tools allow me to make delicious and healthy salads and amazing salad dressings. And they will do the same thing for you.

  • If you want to test these easy healthy salads, find your mixing bowls because you will use them a lot.
  • Also, make sure you have airtight containers and mason jars on hand for all the amazing make ahead salads.
  • To make filling, satisfying salads, and delicious salads, you need to use both fresh and cooked ingredients. You’ll need a skillet or a pan to cook lean meats and a pot for boiling eggs and cooking rice or quinoa.
  • To make delicious homemade dressings for your healthy salads, you’ll need a food processor or blender.
  • Aside from the tools I mentioned, you’ll, of course, need some kitchen essentials such as vegetable peeler, knife, cutting board to prep the veggies for the healthy salads.

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TIPS FOR MAKING SALADS EXTRA DELICIOUS-AWESOME

To make salads delicious, you have to be open to new flavor combinations and to learn how to make a salad balanced and nutritious. Because no, unfortunately, not all salads are healthy. But it’s definitely very easy to make them healthy. So here are my tips:

  • To make salads healthy and delicious, mix greens with veggies and/ or fruits;
  • Add healthy grains such as quinoa to make them filling;
  • Pack them with healthy proteins such as lean meats, eggs, and beans;
  • Skip the store-bought salad dressing that is loaded with fats and sodium and make healthy salad dressing from scratch with clean ingredients.

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BEST HEALTHY SALAD RECIPES

These healthy salad recipes are perfect for lunch or dinner and they are easy salads you can easily put together when you don’t have a lot of time to make a meal from scratch. In fact, there are some great make ahead salads on the list. Those are perfect for meal-prepping. But, most of the recipes are quick salad recipes you can put together in less than 30 minutes if meal prepping is not really your thing. Although I really think it should be because meal prepping makes everything easier.

Good salad recipes = easy healthy meals

So let’s start talking about these amazing salad recipes, shall we?

1.      HEALTHY BROCCOLI SALAD WITH GREEK YOGURT DRESSING

A close up of the Healthy Broccoli Salad with Greek Yogurt Dressing being mixed.

Transform the classic broccoli salad into a healthy broccoli salad. Made with a Greek yogurt dressing, the Healthy Broccoli Salad with Greek Yogurt Dressing is filled with goodness and it is great as a side salad or entree. Simple salad recipe but so delicious

Recipe Notes:

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 20 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Calories: 226 kcal

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2.      CHICKEN COBB MASON JAR SALAD

Chicken Cobb Mason Jar Salad | Looking for some make ahead recipe inspiration? It’s time to think outside the box and prepare this delicious Chicken Cobb Mason Jar Salad with a clean ranch dressing. This is a delicious, nutrition-packed lunch that will fill you up and make those mid-day meals a whole lot more interesting! | A Sweet Pea Chef

This Chicken Cobb Mason Jar Salad is the best salad ever for a nutrition-packed lunch. But it’s also great if you’re looking for salad ideas for dinner. It’s healthy, it’s clean but it’s also filling and delicious.

Recipe Notes:

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 25 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Calories: 364 kcal

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3.      HEALTHY TACO SALAD RECIPE

A side image of a mason jar with Healthy Taco Salad with Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing made with lean ground beef, grape tomatoes, shredded jack cheese, mixed baby greens and topped with sliced avocado.

With this Healthy Taco Salad Recipe, you’ll be cutting down on carbs without realizing it. This salad recipe gives you the texture and amazing flavors of tacos but with fewer carbs and more fun. BTW, the Healthy Taco Salad Recipe is great for make ahead salads.

Recipe Notes:

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 25 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Calories: 284 kcal

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4.      BEET & GOAT CHEESE SALAD WITH WHITE WINE VINEGAR DRESSING

1 quart size mason jar salad filled with beet and goat cheese salad to show how to stack the mason jar salad,starting with dressing on bottom and the arugula leaves on top

If you’re looking for easy salads that allow you to satisfy your cheese cravings, this Beet & Goat Cheese Salad with White Wine Vinegar Dressing is calling your name. The salad is packed with fibers, protein, and vitamins and it’s perfect for a light dinner or a lunch on-the-go.

Recipe Notes:

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 10 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Calories: 419 kcal

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5.      STEAK COBB SALAD WITH CREAMY AVOCADO CILANTRO LIME DRESSING

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Steak Cobb Salad With Creamy Avocado Cilantro Lime Dressing – a fresh and easy salad that’s filling and tasty. Don’t even get me started on the avocado cilantro lime dressing. It’s. So. Good.

Recipe Notes:

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 20 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Calories: 478 kcal

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6.      QUINOA LENTIL SALAD WITH LEMON VINAIGRETTE

35 Easy Weeknight Dinners - Quinoa Lentil Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

Out of all the healthy lunch salads out there, this Quinoa Lentil Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette has to be my favorite. It’s not only light and healthy, but it’s also vibrant, colorful, and flavorful.

Recipe Notes:

  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 15 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Calories: 425 kcal

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7.      LEFTOVER TURKEY SALAD WITH CRANBERRY VINAIGRETTE

Leftover Turkey Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette | The perfect healthy use of those Thanksgiving leftovers! | A Sweet Pea Chef

Easy healthy salads are the salads you can make without too much effort. Salads like this Leftover Turkey Salad With Cranberry Vinaigrette that is ready in less than 15 minutes and is as delicious as it can be.

Recipe Notes:

  • Prep Time:  5 mins
  • Cook Time: 8 mins
  • Total Time: 13 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Calories: 634 kcal

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8.      4 EASY MASON JAR SALAD RECIPES

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Add these 4 Easy Mason Jar Salad Recipes on your list of easy salads. As a matter of fact, add them to your list of quick salad recipes too because they are indeed quick and easy. And they look so pretty in the mason jars! Amazing make ahead salads!

Recipe Notes:

  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 30 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Calories: 530 kcal

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9.      MAKE-AHEAD GREEK QUINOA STACKS

30 minutes of prepping and you’ll have delicious grab-and-go lunches all week! These Make-Ahead Greek Quinoa Stacks are easy, healthy and full of fresh flavors. Perfect for the hot summer months!

Speaking of make ahead salads, I have another amazing recipe for you –  Make-Ahead Greek Quinoa Stacks. This salad recipe makes a week worth of lunch salads in only 30 minutes. Amazeballs!

Recipe Notes:

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 30 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Calories: 591 kcal

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10. CHOPPED THAI SALAD PEANUT DRESSING

Chopped Thai Salad with Peanut Dressing | Day 6 of our free Spring Into Health Lunch Challenge is here! | A Sweet Pea Chef

If you need healthy lunch salads ideas that are vegetarian (and easily made vegan by replacing raw honey with maple syrup in the salad dressing), make this Chopped Thai Salad with Peanut Dressing.

Recipe Notes:

  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 25 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Calories: 541 kcal

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11. SPRINGTIME COBB SALAD WITH RASPBERRY VINAIGRETTE

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Spring is colorful, fresh, and amazing and the healthy lunch salads you make during spring should reflect that. Like this Springtime Cobb Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette does. It’s so colorful, fresh, and filled with delicious seasonal ingredients.

Recipe Notes:

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 25 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Calories: 502 kcal

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12. TURKEY TACO LUNCH BOWL

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This Turkey Taco Lunch Bowl is a delicious bowl of goodness that tastes incredible, is filling, satisfying, and very easy to make. And yes, this easy salad is another great way to make tacos healthier without compromising on taste and flavor.

Recipe Notes:

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 25 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Calories: 578 kcal

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13. STRAWBERRY FIELDS SALAD WITH CHIA SEEDS VINAIGRETTE

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Adding fruits to salads is a great way to make them interesting and exciting. And seasonal fruits are always the best option. During spring months, make this Strawberry Fields Salad with Chia Seed Vinaigrette and enjoy the best flavors of spring in a light, healthy, and easy to make salad.

Recipe Notes:

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 25 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Calories: 402 kcal

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14. SPRING GRAINS + GREENS SALAD WITH HONEY LEMON VINAIGRETTE

Spring Grains + Greens Salad with Honey Lemon Vinaigrette | Day 1 of our free Spring Into Health Lunch Challenge is here! | A Sweet Pea Chef

This Spring Grains + Greens Salad with Honey Lemon Vinaigrette is fun, creative, and so, so, so delicious. It’s made with snap peas, goat cheese, blackberries, and other amazing ingredients. Plus a delicious honey lemon dressing that brings all the flavors together.

Recipe Notes:

  • Prep Time: 25 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 35 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Calories: 467 kcal

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15. END OF SUMMER SALAD WITH FIG BALSAMIC VINAIGRETTE

End Of Summer Salad With Fig Balsamic Vinaigrette | The perfect use of figs for the end of summer. | A Sweet Pea Chef

After so many amazing healthy lunch salads, I think it’s time for more salad ideas for dinner. I hope you agree because I’m very excited about this End Of Summer Salad With Fig Balsamic Vinaigrette. It has the most amazing flavors!

Recipe Notes:

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 20 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Calories: 549 kcal

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16. MAKE-AHEAD MASON JAR SALADS FOR THE WEEK + A KILLER CLEAN HONEY MUSTARD DRESSING!

Make-Ahead Mason Jar Salads For The Week + A Killer Clean Honey Mustard Dressing! | A Sweet Pea Chef

In a matter of minutes, you’ll make these Make-Ahead Mason Jar Salads For The Week + A Killer Clean Honey Mustard Dressing that will last you for an entire week. Amazing, right? The salad is even more amazing. And the dressing? LOVE!

Recipe Notes:

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 25 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Calories: 434 kcal

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Lacey Baier

Hey y’all, I’m Lacey Baier and I’m so glad you’re here! I’m a healthy lifestyle influencer and the creator of this clean-eating blog and YouTube channel, A Sweet Pea Chef. My recipes have been published on Food Network, Good Morning America, FoxNews, Tastemade, Fitness Magazine, and much more. I live in Dallas, Texas with my husband and four kiddos. Let’s get started!

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