Main Dish Salad Recipes

Plenty of salads eat like a meal. Browse recipes for chicken salads, steak salads, taco salads, and grain salads that are hearty enough to be dinner's main event.

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Caprese Salad with Grilled Flank Steak

Rating: 4.5 stars 71
Grilled, marinated flank steaks makes Caprese salad a tasty main course.

Taco Salad III

Rating: 4.5 stars 263
This taco salad contains traditional ingredients such as lettuce, tomatoes, beans, ground beef and corn chips. Serve this salad on a hot summer day.
By Allrecipes Member

Cobb Salad

Rating: 4.5 stars 486
A Cobb salad packed with all your favorites — what's not to love?
By Allrecipes Member

Soba Noodle Salad with Chicken and Sesame

Rating: 4.5 stars 37
This tasty salad with Japanese buckwheat noodles is both quick and healthy; great for lunch or dinner. Most larger supermarkets have buckwheat soba noodles in the Asian food section.

Salad Nicoise

Rating: 4.5 stars 68
This French-inspired salad makes a delightful summer dish. You can dress it up with other garden vegetables like corn, blanched broccoli, cauliflower and asparagus!
By Allrecipes Member

Vietnamese Chicken Salad

Rating: 4.5 stars 45
This is a very simple-to-make salad with bold flavors. You can serve as a side dish or just have it alone. The salad can be refrigerated overnight and still taste good the next day.

Larb - Laotian Chicken Mince

Rating: 4.5 stars 22
A Vietnamese friend taught me how to make this dish that originates from Laos and Cambodia. If you can't find galangal, substitute fresh ginger and a squirt of lime juice. Pre-ground chicken, turkey or pork may be used instead of the chicken thigh meat. Serve with sticky rice or in lettuce cups.

Pesto Pasta Caprese Salad

Rating: 4.5 stars 191
The traditional Caprese salad is modified to pasta form. The mozzarella used is a fresh mozzarella, if you use the brick style, it will not be the same. If you can't find the pearlini mozzarella, use the cieglini and cut it in half. Regular rotini pasta can be used but the cooking time will be different.

Thai Beef Salad

Rating: 4.5 stars 152
A colorful, tangy salad that brings out the best in Thai cuisine and spices.
By Allrecipes Member

Chicken Broccoli Salad

Rating: 4.5 stars 43
This salad is perfect for hot summer months! The sweet and tangy taste is very addictive.

Tex-Mex Quinoa Salad

Rating: 4.5 stars 120
This versatile salad can be served warm in a tortilla, or as a filling for tacos and burritos.
By SnuzzleMonkey

Grilled Chicken Salad with Seasonal Fruit

Rating: 5 stars 268
Both beautiful in presentation and taste, this salad uses fresh berries in summer (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, or blackberries), and orange segments in winter. Anytime of year this composed salad will bring rave reviews.
By Karena

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Simple Pasta Salad
Rating: 4.5 stars 167

An easy yet delicious pasta salad made with Italian dressing and veggies.