10 Salads That Are Hearty and Healthy

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Hearty, Healthy, and Delicious Salads

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Do you want a healthy salad that’s also satisfying? Here are 10 salad recipes that are filling and hearty enough to be eaten as entire meals but that also work well as side dishes. These salad recipes highlight fresh fruit and vegetables, great grains, and proteins.

10 Tasty Salad Recipes

Just click on the salad recipe title or image for the full, printer-friendly recipe.

Crunchy Asian Salad with Chicken

This salad is as tasty as it is colorful! Enjoy as a flavorful, healthy lunch or dinner.

Crunchy Asian Salad with Chicken
Chicken, edamame, and crunchy rice noodles make this salad a home run!
Photo credit: Becky Luigart-Stayner

White Bean and Tuna Salad 

We recommend serving this healthy White Bean and Tuna Salad for lunch or as part of a soup-and-salad supper. 

White Bean and Tuna Salad
This protein-filled salad will fuel you for the day ahead!
Photo credit: Becky Luigart-Stayner

Garbanzo Salad 

Garbanzo beans (a.k.a. chickpeas) are the “meat” of this tasty, hearty salad.

Garbanzo Salad
This simple Garbanzo Bean Salad has a nice crunch from red bell pepper, protein from chickpeas, and flavor from herbs and scallions.
Photo Credit: Margo Letourneau

Root Vegetable Salad

Try this colorful and hearty salad with beets, potatoes, carrots, and pickles! It’s a great detox salad.

Root Vegetable Salad
The Root Vegetable Sala is chockfull of superfoods and nutrients—it’s also a healthy detox for the body and soul!
Photo credit: Tatiana Volgutova/Shutterstock

Chicken Salad With Blue Cheese

Make this simple recipe even easier by using the meat from a store-bought rotisserie chicken.

Chicken Salad With Blue Cheese
This tasty combination of flavors comes together for a delicious salad.
Photo credit: Sam Jones/Quinn Brein

Potato Salad with Green Beans and Chicken 

This Potato Salad With Green Beans and Chicken dish is loaded with fresh ingredients and is great for a potluck, picnic, or cookout. Enjoy warm or cold.

Potato Salad with Green Beans and Chicken
This Potato Salad With Green Beans and Chicken dish is loaded with fresh ingredients—and no mayonnaise for those who aren’t fans.
Photo credit: Becky Luigart-Stayner.

Tangy Turkey Salad

Looking for ways to use leftover turkey or chicken? This recipe for Tangy Turkey Salad has delicious flavor!

Tangy Turkey Salad in lettuce cups
This recipe for Tangy Turkey Salad is a nice light option with fantastic flavor. The cranberries add a festive look and taste.
Photo credit: Sam Jones/Quinn Brein

Couscous Salad With Chickpeas, Cranberry, and Feta

This pearl couscous salad with chickpeas, dried cranberry, and feta has a delightful mix of textures. Eat hot or cold. Make it as a salad or a side that brightens up a basic roast chicken for a flavorful dinner.

Couscous Salad With Chickpeas, Cranberry, and Feta
This couscous salad recipe was created by Kristen Heigl and won first prize in The 2018 Old Farmer’s Almanac recipe contest!
Photo credit: Lori Pedrick

Kale Salad With Cranberry, Feta, and Walnuts

This salad recipe comes from our local general store! There’s just something about the way these ingredients blend.

Kale Salad With Cranberry, Feta, and Walnuts
The recipe comes from the Harrisville General Store, which is down the road from The Old Farmer’s Almanac office in New Hampshire! Use kale straight from the garden or your local market.
Photo credit: Becky Luigart-Stayner

Easy Curry Chicken Salad

This recipe comes from our food editor, Sarah Perrault. The curry adds great flavor!

Easy Curry Chicken Salad
This light curry chicken salad is dressed in a lemony mix of nonfat yogurt with just a touch of mayonnaise.
Photo credit: Sarah Perreault

Bonus Recipe: Sally’s Bulgur Salad. This one comes from our editor-in-chief’s wife, who created the recipe when she decided her family wasn’t getting enough good grains in their diet!

Tell us if you have a favorite salad recipe! We’d love to hear from you and value any new ideas. Just leave a comment below with comments or any questions.

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Catherine Boeckmann

Catherine Boeckmann loves nature, stargazing, and gardening so it’s not surprising that she and The Old Farmer’s Almanac found each other. She leads digital content for the Almanac website, and is also a certified master gardener in the state of Indiana. Read More from Catherine Boeckmann

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