45+ of the Best Salads for Dinner

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These 45+ Dinner Salad Recipes are more than just a pile of lettuce. With veggies, protein, and tons of toppings, you can have totally satisfying salads for dinner. Whether you want it topped with chicken, beef, or seafood, or prefer a plant-based option, you’ll find a delicious meal in this collection.

collage of grilled steak and asparagus salad, shrimp cobb salad, grilled chicken and berry salad, chicken caesar salad, taco salad, and lobster cobb salad

Are salads healthy for dinner?

Salads can be a very healthy dinner option. It’s a great way to pack in multiple servings of a rainbow of vegetables at one meal, including plenty of leafy greens. This gives you fiber and a wide variety of nutrients. You can choose toppings that provide even more vitamins and minerals, and even some superfoods. And from chicken to beef, seafood to beans, and more, you have plenty of options to add protein.

However, especially when you order a salad at a restaurant, it’s easy to end up with gigantic portions of calorie-dense or even unhealthy toppings. Not to mention that they are often doused in heavy dressings.

That’s the benefit of making dinner salads at home. You control both the quantity and quality of the ingredients, and you can easily adjust the amount of each of the toppings to fit into your lifestyle or nutrition goals. It’s also easy to swap out or leave off a topping if you need gluten free, low carb, or meatless options. And homemade salad dressings can be made light and healthy too.

Satisfying Salads for Dinner

Even healthy dinner salad recipes can be a delicious meal that satisfies anyone, whether you are looking for something light, or need to refuel after a busy day or intense workout.

If you want a hearty salad with meat like chicken or turkey, beef or pork, prefer seafood, or even want a vegetarian meal, there are dinner salads for everyone in this sollection!

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Chicken Salad Recipes

Mixed Berry Grilled Chicken Salad GF

Juicy marinated chicken, fresh berries, goat cheese, crunchy pecans, and an easy homemade vinaigrette salad dressing, it’s a healthy packed with flavor.

Overhead of Grilled Chicken Salad with berries and goat cheese

Strawberry Avocado Spinach Salad GF

An update on the classic Cobb salad with the traditional chicken, bacon, avocado, and egg, but it adds the bright flavors of strawberries and oranges, plus poppyseed dressing

Closeup of Cobb-Style Strawberry Avocado Spinach Salad with Poppyseed Dressing

Healthy Chicken Caesar Salad GFO (omit or use gluten free croutons)

One of everyone’s favorite dinner salads with romaine lettuce tossed in a creamy light Caesar dressing made with Greek yogurt and plenty of grilled chicken.

Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad in a bowl on a table set for dinner

BBQ Chicken Sausage Grilled Summer Salad GF

There’s not much better than firing up the grill and inviting friends over for a party, especially when you can combine fresh ingredients with amazing grilled toppings and let everyone customize a satisfying dinner salad.

barbecue chicken sausage salad

Peach, Tomato, Chicken and Blue Cheese Salad GF

A satisfying and fresh chicken salad featuring the best late summer produce.

chicken salad with peaches, tomatoes, and blue cheese

More Salads with Chicken

Beef and Steak Salad Recipes

Grilled Steak Salad with Asparagus GF

So fresh and satisfying with tender slices of steak atop a bed of crisp lettuce and juicy tomatoes, finished off with the perfect charred flavor of lightly grilled corn and asparagus.

white serving bowl of grilled steak salad over romaine lettuce with tomatoes, parmesan and grilled asparagus and corn

Keto Taco Salad Bowl GF

Filled with fresh greens, colorful veggies, hearty taco-flavored meat, cheese, and sour cream, you’ll love this fast family dinner, and each person can use their favorite toppings

A Keto Taco Bowl on a Kitchen Counter Seen From the Top

Grilled Steak Mango Salad GF

Grilled steak with sweet slices of mango, juicy tomatoes, and rich and creamy Avocado Ranch Dressing is a hearty diner salad recipe that makes a satisfying meal for even the biggest appetites.

Mixed Greens topped with leftover steak, mango and tomato slices, and avocado ranch dressing

Steakhouse Salad With Grilled Portobello and Brie GF

Covered with any leftover grilled steak, sautéed mushrooms, slightly melty cheese, toasted pecans, and a Fig Balsamic Vinaigrette, this is definitely a salad for dinner that truly makes a meal.

salad with steak, mushrooms and brie

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Pork and Turkey Salad Recipes

Vietnamese Salad with Pork Meatballs GF

Traditional Banh Mi ingredients (minus the actual Banh Mi, or bread, itself) including pork meatballs and quick pickled veggies are piled on a bed of lettuce to make a flavor-packed, light, and gluten free way to enjoy the flavors of the classic street food.

Vietnamese Salad with Banh Mi Ingredients on top

Turkey Cobb Salad GF

The classic Cobb Salad is updated with fresh, local, seasonal ingredients like corn, cheddar cheese, and Creamy Maple Dijon Dressing.

big serving bowl of turkey cobb salad

Italian Wedge Salad GF

Top Romaine hearts with crispy prosciutto, mozzarella, parmesan, and a light and easy Creamy Balsamic Dressing for a tasty twist on the classic with favorite flavors from Italy. 

italian wedge salad

Mediterranean Turkey Salad GF

Make it on a plate or pack it in a Mason jar, this salad has a simple vinaigrette with feta cheese, pine nuts, deli turkey, roasted red peppers, olives, cucumbers, and Romaine lettuce for everything you could want in a satisfying dinner salad. 

mediterranean turkey salad

Harvest Turkey Salad GF

Not all dinner salads are for the summer, like this one with autumn favorites including roast turkey, apples, sweet potatoes, and Cranberry Balsamic Vinaigrette.

harvest turkey salad

More Salads with Meat

Seafood and Shrimp Salad Recipes

Grilled Shrimp Cobb Salad GF

Fresh, flavorful, and filling with a bit of a Mexican twist from the addition of grilled corn, Cotija cheese, and a spicy Cilantro Lime Ranch Dressing

Shrimp Cobb Salad with hard boiled eggs, bacon, limes, tomatoes, avocado, cotija cheese, grilled corn, and cilantro lime dressing in a white serving bowl

Lobster Cobb Salad GF

It’s the perfect summer dinner recipe with its combination of seafood, vegetables, and let’s not forget the cheese, avocado, and, of course, bacon.

Lobster Cobb Salad

Fruity Summer Shrimp Salad GF

You’ll love the succulent shrimp paired with fresh fruit, tangy goat cheese, and a zingy Strawberry Lime Poppyseed Vinaigrette

two wooden bowls of grilled shrimp salad with fruit, pine nuts, goat cheese, and strawberry poppyseed dressing with two forks

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Vegetarian Dinner Salads

Poached Pear Salad GF

This light and lovely salad with blue cheese, glazed walnuts, blue cheese, and a creamy sherry dressing is easy, fresh, and delicious, and you can enjoy it as-is or add your favorite protein.

Two side salads with poached pears and blue cheese

Strawberry Mango Avocado Salad with Goat Cheese and Pine Nuts GF

Topped with goat cheese, pine nuts, and a creamy citrus dressing, it is a delightfully fresh mix of sweet and tangy with healthy and satisfying. 

Overhead of Strawberry Mango Avocado Salad topped with goat cheese and toasted pine nuts

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2 Comments
  1. Fantastic round up. Thanks for including mine. For some strange reason, I cannot pin. It says there is no pinnable image. I’ll try again later.

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