These main course salad recipes are hearty and substantial. If you want a salad for dinner that will fill you up and be healthy then this is the place to come!
If you read this blog regularly you'll know that I love salads but I love substantial salads. After all, if I eat a main meal salad I want it to fill me up. I want to feel as satisfied as if I'd eaten pizza or a bowl of pasta, just a little healthier!
And why shouldn't dinner salad recipes be filling?
Why not indeed! I'm going to share with you lots of my favourite recipes for healthy filling salads that will keep you going as well as make you really excited to start enjoying salad for dinner.
The great thing about eating salads for dinner?
- It's easy to eat a lot of your 5-a-day if you have a salad. Ok, not all salads, but most of them!
- Lots of salads are great for preparing in advance. You can make a huge salad and it can last a few days meaning less time spent preparing food overall.
- They are usually quick to prepare and who doesn't love an easy midweek meal?
How to make a great main course salad
For a great main meal salad I think you need at least 3 things:
1. Something to make it filling
This could be carbs, protein or both. Carbohydrates that are great in salads include pasta, rice, grains and bread. Protein options could be meat, cheese, fish, beans or nuts. I have to admit that I usually have both carbs and protein in my salad!
2. Vegetables (or fruit!)
The options are endless.
3. Something to make it taste great
In this category I'm thinking of dressings, herbs and spices.
My favourite main course salad recipes
I have been sharing main salads for a long time. I have a huge selection of easy salad recipes that are perfect for lunches and dinners. There are chicken salads, fish salads, meat salads, vegetarian salads, vegan salads and a few salads that just need some bread on the side to become a perfect main meal!
Main Meal Chicken salads
I think some of my most popular recipes have to be these chicken salads.
More Chicken Salad Recipes
I've also got a delicious peach and basil chicken salad, Jamie Oliver's chicken, broccoli and bulgur wheat salad as well as a chicken, green bean and hazelnut salad.
Main Course Salad Recipes with Fish
Fish is such a great salad ingredient. Why not top a salad with freshly grilled fish, prawns or use tinned fish?
Main Course Salad Recipes with Meat
I also love lamb, beef and pork in salads and they can still be super healthy.
If you're a bacon lover I've also got a delicious roasted butternut squash, cauliflower and bacon salad with caramelised pecans!
Vegetarian Main Course Salad Recipes
A lot of the salads we eat are vegetarian and here are just some of them!
More Vegetarian Main Course salad Recipes you might like
Vegan Main Course Salads
Lots of my salads are vegan and they're just as good for a hearty main meal as any other salad!
More Vegan salads
Pin these main course salad recipes for later!
Did you find a main meal salad you like?
I hope I've inspired you to eat more salads and that you've found a few recipes you'd love to try. These are just a few of my salad recipes there are even more if you look through the salads in my recipe index!
If you do make one of my recipes then please let me know. I love to get feedback from readers.
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