Quick-Fix Salads to Serve for Delicious Weeknight Suppers
If you think salad is just a boring side dish, let us change your mind. These hearty salads will become your family’s new favorite weeknight suppers. Lighten up your dinner, but still deliver maximum flavor, with these delicious recipes for chicken, pork, beef, and seafood salads. A bonus to serving these delicious meals to your family is that any leftover salads will also make a great lunch to pack for the next day.
These Supper Salads Have a lot to Offer
Crispy Chicken-and-Broccoli Salad
Recipe: Crispy Chicken-and-Broccoli Salad
This hearty salad will come together in just 15 minutes.
Grilled Salmon Panzanella Salad
Recipe: Grilled Salmon Panzanella Salad
In addition to pantry staples, you'll need just five ingredients for this summer salad.
Grilled Scallop-and-Mango Salad
Recipe: Grilled Scallop-and-Mango Salad
Use fresh scallops for the most delicious results.
Grilled Steak Salad with Green Tomato Vinaigrette
Recipe: Grilled Steak Salad with Green Tomato Vinaigrette
Green tomatoes are key to the tart flavor of the vinaigrette dressing.
Southwestern Chopped Chicken Salad
Recipe: Southwestern Chopped Chicken Salad
If you're tired of basic salads, this chopped salad with a Southwestern flair will change your mind about having salad for dinner.
Steak, Sweet Potato, and Blue Cheese Salad
Recipe: Steak, Sweet Potato, and Blue Cheese Salad
Sweet, savory, and salty come together in this flavor-packed dinner salad.
Kale and Sweet Potato Salad with Chicken
Recipe: Kale and Sweet Potato Salad with Chicken
You can also substitute spinach or romaine hearts for the kale if you prefer.
BLT Salad with Buttermilk-Parmesan Dressing and Buttery Croutons
Recipe: BLT Salad with Buttermilk-Parmesan Dressing and Buttery Croutons
Enjoy the classic sandwich reimagined into a salad
Chicken, White Bean, and Spinach Salad
Recipe: Chicken, White Bean, and Spinach Salad
If you thought you could only use your slow cooker for heavy soups and stews, think again.
Chicken Niçoise Salad
Recipe: Chicken Niçoise Salad
This composed salad can be served family style or on individual plates.
Spring Shrimp-and-Orzo Salad with Lemon Dressing
Recipe: Spring Shrimp-and-Orzo Salad with Lemon Dressing
You'll pack three cups of veggies into this fresh salad.
Chicken and White Bean Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette
Recipe: Chicken and White Bean Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette
Homemade dressing comes together much easier than you'd think.
Herbed Shrimp-and-Rice Salad
Recipe: Herbed Shrimp-and-Rice Salad
This no-cook recipe can be on the table in just 15 minutes.
Roasted Chicken Caesar Salad
Recipe: Roasted Chicken Caesar Salad
Roasting the lettuce to caramelize it for extra flavor will instantly elevate Caesar salad.
Chicken-Quinoa Salad with Green Goddess Dressing
Recipe: Chicken-Quinoa Salad with Green Goddess Dressing
Rotisserie chicken and quinoa pack this salad with protein and flavor.
Oven-Fried Chicken Salad with Buttermilk Ranch Dressing
Recipe: Oven-Fried Chicken Salad with Buttermilk Ranch Dressing
A lighter version of a fried chicken dinner.
Greek Chicken Salad Wedges
Recipe: Greek Chicken Salad Wedges
Deli rotisserie chicken will help your dinner come together in under 30 minutes.
Sesame Chicken Garden Salad
Recipe: Sesame Chicken Garden Salad
The flavors of this salad will get even better overnight so you'll want to make sure you have leftovers for lunch.
Dixie Chicken Salad with Grapes, Honey, Almonds, and Broccoli
This gorgeous salad features breaded chicken tossed with lettuce, broccoli, and grapes, and topped with almonds and a honey and Dijon mustard vinaigrette.
Grilled Chicken and Toasted Couscous Salad with Lemon-Buttermilk Dressing
This hearty dish can take down the biggest of appetites. It begins with tender chicken marinated in olive oil, garlic, and lemon, which is then added to a tasty medley of fresh asparagus, couscous, and red onions. All of that is covered in a rich, lemony buttermilk dressing.
Skillet Steak and Wilted Kale
Recipe: Skillet Steak and Wilted Kale
Sprinkle this restaurant-style steak salad with crumbled blue cheese for even more flavor.
Charred Steak Salad with Spicy Dressing
Spicy dressing is the perfect finish for this hearty salad.
Peas and Kale Salad with Bacon Vinaigrette
Ensure every day is a lucky and prosperous one when you serve this hearty Southern salad.
Chicken Paillard with Citrus Salad and Couscous
Israeli couscous is also sometimes labeled pearl couscous.
Shrimp and Pesto-Rice Salad
Recipe: Shrimp and Pesto-Rice Salad
Serve this brand-new twist on the old rice salad warm, or make it ahead, chill, and serve cold.
Romaine Salad with Country Ham and Eggs
Even small bits of ham add huge flavor.
Grilled Chicken-Asparagus Salad
Recipe: Grilled Chicken-Asparagus Salad
This hearty salad is brightened up with mint, lemon juice, and fresh dill.
Recipe: Tomato-Chicken Salad
Main dish salads are a refreshing change for your easy weeknight meals. Try this Tomato-Chicken Salad and serve it with seasoned ciabatta bread.
Flank Steak and Cucumber Salad
Grain Salad with Grilled Shrimp and Sweet Peppers
If you use wooden skewers, submerge them in water for 30 minutes before threading on the shrimp.
Spicy Pork-and-Orange Chopped Salad
Combining romaine and coleslaw mix makes this dish crispy and crunchy. The soy sauce-flavored almonds are a new favorite in our Test Kitchen. Find them sold in cans alongside cocktail peanuts.
Recipe: Turkey-Artichoke-Pecan Salad
Parsley and basil leaves give this salad a fresh, full flavor. Top with chopped turkey, artichoke hearts, and toasted pecans for a delicious and satisfying salad entreé.
Farmers' Market Pasta Salad
Recipe: Farmers' Market Pasta Salad
Cook the pasta al dente (1 or 2 minutes shorter than package directions specify) so it holds its shape when tossed with the vegetables and vinaigrette. Ripe for riffs, this pasta salad recipe is also delicious with cheese-filled tortellini.
Video: Farmers' Market Pasta Salad
Recipe: Shrimp-and-Pasta Salad
Light and lemony with a hint of honey mustard, Shrimp and Pasta Salad is easily doubled for dinner with friends.
Chicken Salad with Grapes and Pecans
Recipe: Chicken Salad with Grapes and Pecans
Serve this tasty chicken salad with assorted crackers and grapes for a filling lunch or a delicious brunch contribution.
Greek Chicken Salad
Recipe: Greek Chicken Salad
This robust salad is packed with our favorite easy-to-prep Greek foods―garbanzo beans, fresh tomatoes, kalamata olives, and feta cheese. The short ingredient list leaves you plenty of time to whisk together fresh Lemon-Herb Dressing, but substitute a bottled Greek dressing if you prefer.
White Bean-and-Tuna Salad
Recipe: White Bean-and-Tuna Salad
Try a refreshing spin on tuna salad with cannellini beans, lemon juice, oregano, parsley, and green onions. Serve over lettuce with crusty bread and fresh fruit for a home picnic meal.
Recipe: Chicken-and-Strawberry Salad
Chicken-and-Strawberry Salad is a combination of flavors and textures that complement each other perfectly.
Lemon-Tarragon Chicken Salad
Recipe: Lemon-Tarragon Chicken Salad
A make-ahead recipe for great chicken salad is like money in the bank when it comes to easy weeknight meals – and this is one the best. A wreath of pencil-thin green beans creates a simple but striking garnish.
Calypso Steak Salad
Recipe: Calypso Steak Salad
Serve Calypso Steak Salad on romaine lettuce leaves for an impressive (and nutritious) presentation. To make the salsa mixture ahead, just cover and chill up to 8 hours. Let stand at room temperature about 20 minutes, while steaks marinate in lime juice mixture.
Warm Frisée Salad With Crispy Kosher Salami
Don't shy away from Warm Frisée Salad With Crispy Kosher Salami. The vinaigrette includes slightly sweet sherry vinegar to balance the sharp flavor of frisée. Frisée is a member of the chicory family often used in mesclun salad mixes. Buy bunches with crisp leaves and no signs of wilting. Use all of the leaves except the core.
Smoked Salmon-Avocado Salad
Recipe: Smoked Salmon-Avocado Salad
Smoked salmon packs a great flavor punch in this salad supper. A simple dressing of Dijon mustard and lemon juice is the perfect finish. This recipe was originally intended to be served with pan-fried latkes, so the dressing is a bit tart to balance the richness. Whisk in a little extra olive oil serve with French bread for a more mellow flavor.