10 Salads That Are Hearty and Healthy

Hearty, Healthy, and Delicious Salads

By Catherine Boeckmann
January 15, 2021
Kale Salad
Becky Luigart-Stayner

Want a healthy salad that’s also satisfying? Here are 10 salad recipes that are filling and hearty enough to be eaten as a meal but could also be a side dish. These salad recipes highlight fresh fruit and vegetables, great grains, and proteins.

10 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.

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. 

Photo credit: Becky Luigart-Stayner

Garbanzo Salad 

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

Photo credit: Margo Letourneau

Root Vegetables Salad

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

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.

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. Photo by Becky Luigart-Stayner.
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!


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 as a salad or a side that brightens up a basic roast chicken for a flavorful dinner.


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.

Photo credit: Becky Luigart-Stayner

Easy Curry Chicken Salad

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

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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Coach Kelly’s Snack Cabinet Salad

Coach Kelly’s Snack Cabinet Salad
Garden Salad:
Lettuce of choice (this is organic hydroponic bib)
Green Bell Pepper (chopped)
Red Bell Pepper (chopped)
Red Cabbage (shredded)
Carrot (shredded)
Fresh ground pepper
Bleu Cheese
Sunflower Seeds
Pumpkin Seeds
Golden Raisins
Slivered Almonds

Dressing: Extra Virgin Olive Oil & Balsamic Vinegar

Toss salad ingredients add toppings to taste. I’m not a big salad or vegetable fan, but I love this salad! I chose golden raisins instead of craisins because they are super sweet and have no added sugar. The seeds and almonds add crunchiness (instead of croutons) and the bleu cheese and almonds add protein!

Tuna salad Tune Up

We make it with dill for a little zing. You can add fresh dill or use pickle juice instead of vinegar. Cut salt if you do. Yummy!

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I can get the first two salads to show on my computer, then the ads take over and I can't pull up any more recipes, even after deleting the ads.

Farmer's Salad

My mother used to make "Farmer's Salad" (I don't know why she called it "Farmer's". No measurements. Sorry. It consists of:
sliced cucumber
torn lettuce (or sliced)
sliced onion
sliced radishes
shredded or sliced carrots
sour cream (depending on the size of the salad, either a pint or so. It depended on how "gloppy" we wanted it.

It's all up to the person who's making the salad. We would have that and a cup of tomato soup. Or ... just as a big salad.

Black Bean and Rice Salad

I make this dish frequently as a one dish meal. The recipe below is the plain version, you can add popcorn shrimp, bacon, ham, etc if you wish.

2 cups cooked rice cooled to room temperature
4 green onions chopped
1 can black beans drained and rinsed
1 medium tomato diced
½ cup shredded cheddar cheese
¼ cup light Italian dressing
1 tablespoon lime juice
1 tablespoon fresh clipped parsley

Combine ingredients in large bowl pour dressing and lime juice over rice and toss.