10 Salads That Are Hearty and Healthy

Hearty, Healthy, and Delicious Salads

By Catherine Boeckmann
January 11, 2019
Kale Salad
Becky Luigart-Stayner

Announcing ten salad recipes that highlight fresh fruit and vegetables, great grains, and healthy proteins. Enjoy! You’ll turn groans into grins with these exciting—yes, exciting!—salad recipes. 

Many of our salads are filling enough to be eaten as a meal, perhaps with some fresh bread on the side. 

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.

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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. 

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Photo credit: Becky Luigart-Stayner

Garbanzo Salad 

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

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Photo credit: Margo Letourneau

Summer Salsa Salad 

This salsa salad earned first place in our 2011 Garden-Fresh Recipe Contest. The editors loved it! Serve as a side or serve with tortilla chips.

Summer Salsa Salad. Photo by vm2002/Shutterstock
Photo by vm2002/Shutterstock

Asparagus Vinaigrette 

If you don’t like hard-boiled eggs, top with a fried egg. To further bulk up this salad, add some sautéed pancetta (ham).

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Photo credit: Becky Luigart-Stayner 

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.

Blueberry-Kidney Bean Salad

Frozen berries are fine, if fresh aren’t available; frozen foods still pack all those nutrients!

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Photo credit: Becky Luigart-Stayner

Beet, Egg, and Herring Salad 

A traditional Scandinavian-style salad with strong flavors and colors!

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Photo credit: Becky Luigart-Stayner

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.

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Photo credit: Becky Luigart-Stayner

Easy Curry Chicken Salad

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

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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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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.