by Arielle Weg
When you think of salad, what do you think of? Do you think of bright beautiful bowls of greens and grains, nuts and seeds, cheese and protein that make you feel totally satisfied and so energized you’re ready to tackle the rest of the day? Do you imagine delicious combinations of fresh vegetables and flavorful dressings that delight your taste buds? Can you see that turkey Cobb salad with gorgonzola vinaigrette in your mind’s eye? If the answer is no, you’re doing salads all wrong. But, don’t worry: We’re here to fix that with healthy and hearty salads that will shake up your lunchtime routine.
These hearty salads celebrate the season with plates (and bowls) packed with protein, healthy fats, crunchy veggies, and incredible springtime flavor. They’re perfect for your meal-prepped lunch and substantial enough for an easy weeknight dinner.
1. Buffalo Chickpea Salad With Yogurt Ranch Dressing from Dishing Out Health
The super-herby and cooling Greek yogurt dressing is good enough to be your new favorite dip. But pair it with crunchy romaine, crispy (and just-a-touch-spicy) buffalo chickpeas, and creamy avocado? You’ve got a salad lover’s dream come true.
2. Turkey Cobb With Gorgonzola Vinaigrette from The Defined Dish
Smoked turkey stands in as a smart shortcut for chicken in this riff on the classic Cobb Salad with corn, bright pickled onions, and creamy avocado. Once you taste the indulgent gorgonzola vinaigrette, this easy-to-meal-prep salad will quickly become a lunchtime staple.
3. Edamame Crunch Salad With Sesame Cashew Lime Dressing from Plant Based RD
This vegan, gluten-free salad is a fresh addition to your WFH routine. Edamame packs in plant-based protein, slivered almonds and cabbage provide satisfying crunch, and the creamy cashew is loaded with healthy fats to keep you satiated all afternoon long.
4. Pretzel Crusted Chicken Salad With Mustard Vinaigrette from How Sweet Eats
What’s a better duo than pretzels and mustard? A salad with crunchy, salty, pretzel-crusted chicken drizzled with a tangy, mustardy vinaigrette. Add in chunks of apples and cheddar cheese and pickled onions for the perfect plate.
5. Healthy Taco Salad from Love and Lemons
Shiitake mushrooms and walnuts have a meaty texture that’s similar to ground beef. Flavored to mimic the savory and spicy flavors you crave? You’ll never miss the meat. Pile on juicy tomatoes, hearty black beans, crunchy tortilla strips, and a citrusy cilantro-lime dressing blended with avocados for healthy fats and fantastic flavor.
6. Spicy Southwestern Salad With Avocado Dressing from Pinch Of Yum
This salad doubles down on avocados — and that’s never a bad idea in our opinion. The heavenly avocado dressing is the star, but don’t skip the extra helping of sliced avocado in the bowl itself. It’s a perfectly creamy compliment to spiced sweet potatoes, sweet corn, hearty black beans, and crunchy romaine.
7. Banh Mi Salad With Lemongrass Shrimp And Shallot Vinaigrette from Healthy Nibbles
This deconstructed salad version of the classic Vietnamese sandwich will definitely win you over. Topped with pan-frien lemongrass shrimp, pickled vegetables, fresh herbs, and toasty French baguette croutons, it will satisfy whatever you’re craving.
8. Spicy Cashew Thai Chickpea Broccoli Salad from Ambitious Kitchen
Crunchy veggies and protein-packed chickpeas tossed with a seriously addictive peanut dressing bring Thai-inspired flavors to your lunchtime table. Bonus: This lettuce-free salad is a meal prepper’s dream. The hearty veggies stand up well to the creamy dressing and will keep in the fridge all week long.