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Hearty, Healthy Salad Recipes

Turn to ingredients such as lentils, quinoa, chickpeas, brussels sprouts and wild rice to add good-for-you flavor and texture to your salads.
  • Harvest Lentil Salad

    Harvest Lentil Salad

    Packed with healthy nutrients, this dish is perfect for any occasion. Serve as a side with a pork tenderloin roast or turkey breast or as a meat-free dinner salad with warm, crusty wheat rolls.

    Harvest Lentil Salad

  • Sesame Chard Slaw

    Sesame Chard Slaw

    Swiss chard is usually cooked, but we keep it raw in this lightly sweet, Asian-inspired slaw that's packed with good-for-you ingredients.

    Sesame Chard Slaw 

  • Celery and Apple Salad with Walnuts

    Celery and Apple Salad with Walnuts

    Imagine a Waldorf salad, but lighter and more refreshing, with a tangy lemon-thyme vinaigrette. This salad would go beautifully with roast pork or turkey.

    Celery and Apple Salad with Walnuts 

  • Quinoa Salad with Roasted Zucchini, Almonds and Feta

    Quinoa Salad with Roasted Zucchini, Almonds and Feta

    You could make a meal of this dish: caramelized zucchini, crunchy almonds, salty cheese and hearty quinoa, all dressed in honey-basil vinaigrette. The recipe comes from Little Eater, in Columbus, Ohio.

    Quinoa Salad with Roasted Zucchini, Almonds and Feta 

  • Kale, Cranberry and Root Vegetable Salad

    Kale, Cranberry and Root Vegetable Salad

    This festively red-and-green salad actually tastes better dressed hours ahead and served at room temperature, so it travels beautifully. Fresh cranberries and an assertive, gingery dressing balance rich meats and sides. And it's hearty enough to keep vegetarians at the table satisfied. Sold yet?

    Kale, Cranberry and Root Vegetable Salad

  • Sweet and Spicy Cabbage and Peanut Slaw

    Sweet and Spicy Cabbage and Peanut Slaw

    Fresh ginger and red pepper flakes add welcome zing, but the real surprise here is napa (aka Chinese) cabbage. Cara Mangini, of Little Eater in Columbus, Ohio, likes it for slaws because it's more tender than ordinary cabbage but still holds up better than lettuce. 

    Sweet and Spicy Cabbage and Peanut Slaw 

  • Roasted Kale, Tomato and Chickpea Salad with Wheat Berries

    Roasted Kale, Tomato and Chickpea Salad with Wheat Berries

    Our hearty salad tastes equally good warm from the pan, cold from the fridge or even at room temperature, so it’s perfect for make-ahead meals and leftover lunches. Other grains, such as barley, faro or wild rice, also work well in this salad.

    Roasted Kale, Tomato and Chickpea Salad with Wheat Berries

  • Thai Beef and Noodle Salad

    Thai Beef and Noodle Salad

    Lean flank steak, whole wheat pasta and crisp vegetables make this Asian-inspired salad a healthy choice. Ditching that time-consuming (and all-too-easy-to-forget) step of marinating the meat makes it genius.

    Thai Beef and Noodle Salad

  • Nuts and Berries Winter Slaw

    Nuts and Berries Winter Slaw

    Crisp, shredded Brussels sprouts, toasted hazelnuts and tangy cranberry-orange dressing provide a burst of fresh flavor to balance a rich holiday roast. We like the hearty texture of raw Brussels sprouts, but if you prefer them a bit softer, blanch them first and then plunge them into cold water and pat dry.

    Nuts and Berries Winter Slaw

  • Baby Spinach Salad with Cumin Couscous and Bulgur

    Baby Spinach Salad with Cumin Couscous and Bulgur

    Grain salads can sometimes be a bit heavy, but this one is surprisingly light-tasting, thanks to a tangy yogurt-mint dressing, crisp apple chunks and fresh spinach.

    Baby Spinach Salad with Cumin Couscous and Bulgur

  • Dilly Chickpea and Radish Salad

    Dilly Chickpea and Radish Salad

    Think of this as a welcome update on three-bean salad, with radishes and celery adding color and crunch to wholesome garbanzo beans. It travels beautifully and is great for potlucks and picnics.

    Dilly Chickpea and Radish Salad

  • Smoked Turkey and Citrus Wild Rice Salad

    Smoked Turkey and Citrus Wild Rice Salad

    This main-dish salad is just what the doctor ordered after the holidays, bursting with color and fresh flavor. The recipe comes from The Birchwood Cafe Cookbook (University of Minnesota Press, $29.95). (Note: You'll end up with extra dressing, but that's just fine ... stash it in the fridge to wake up any salad.)

    Smoked Turkey and Citrus Wild Rice Salad

  • Shaved Asparagus Salad

    Shaved Asparagus Salad

    Uncooked asparagus might sound strange, but this is essentially an elegant take on slaw—slicing a firm vegetable like cabbage or carrot thinly to break down its cell walls and allow a tangy dressing to soak in.

    Shaved Asparagus Salad

  • Moroccan Carrot Slaw

    Moroccan Carrot Slaw

    Combining cinnamony pumpkin-pie spice with fresh mint lends North African flavor in a flash. Try this simple salad as a side dish to grilled chicken.

    Moroccan Carrot Slaw

  • Superfoods Salad

    Load up on antioxidants with this colorful, berry-delicious salad!

    Superfoods Salad

  • Orange Chicken Coleslaw Salad

    Orange Chicken Coleslaw Salad

    This unusual recipe combines orange marmalade and soy sauce to make a sweet-and-salty dressing for chicken, cabbage and crunchy ramen noodles. Serve the mixture over a bed of fresh spinach for a nutrient-packed meal.

    Orange Chicken Coleslaw Salad

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