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Grilled Chicken Cobb Salad

If you’re looking for a mouth-watering salad filling enough for dinner, but still lettuce-based (so it at least seems healthy), this is it. Romaine lettuce is topped with marinated and grilled sliced chicken thighs, bacon, tomatoes, avocado, red onions, boiled eggs, and honey-dijon vinaigrette.

Yield: 4 servings Total time: 3 to 8 hours

Lemon Herb Avocado Chicken Salad

A bright lemon juice-based salad dressing, which doubles as a marinade for the chicken, is paired with tangy feta cheese and rich avocados and bacon to make this flavorful Romaine-based salad a weeknight winner.

Yield: 4 servings Total time: 1 hour

Teriyaki Chicken Salad

We love this flavorful, guilt-free super green cabbage, broccoli, and pea salad topped with juicy teriyaki chicken and dressed with teriyaki dressing. It’s the perfect Monday or Tuesday night meal after a weekend of indulgent eating.

Yield: 4 servings Total time: 45 minutes

Asian Noodle Salad

Nostalgia for a childhood favorite (Ramen noodles) and the new habit of cabbage-based salads for dinner has introduced this to our dinner rotation. Cilantro, bell peppers, and a vinaigrette of ginger, lime, and jalapeño keep the salad fresh.

Yield: 6 servings Total time: 30 minutes

Warm Farro Salad with Roasted Vegetables & Fontina

This recipe was our introduction to farro, the delightful nutty, chewy whole grain, as well as the ease and reward of roasting a sheet pan of veggies for dinner. It doubles easily and makes for a great lunch the next day.

Yield: 2 to 3 servings Total time: 45 minutes

Leesa’s Salmon Salad

This summer I found myself living in a house without air conditioning (in Texas!) and learning to cook for one. Cool salads fit the bill, and this one is filled with salad ingredients I love. Big chunks of baked salmon make this a satisfying dinner.

Yield: 1 serving Total time: 25 minutes

Grilled Steak Salad Nicoise

This steak salad is every bit as elegant as it is good for you. Sliced flank steak and potatoes, green beans, salad greens, tomatoes, olives, and sliced hard-boiled eggs make a delicious main-course salad.

Yield: 4 servings Total time: 1 hour 30 minutes