A salad should always be a perfect meal, not just in theory. That’s why you need a salad that is packed with vitamins and minerals to have either as a dinner or for a work lunch. If you use the right ingredients, you won’t be hungry again an hour after eating it.
Thus, check out these 10 filling and very hearty salads, the ingredients go beyond mixed greens and vinaigrette. Here you have 10 satisfying and full of protein salad options and their recipes in the link below the pictures.
1. French Lentil Salad With Goat Cheese And Walnuts
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This is a perfectly hearty lentils salad inspired from the French and it will get you that extra hit of protein and more importantly flavor. You will find amazing the combination of chopped walnuts and goat cheese. It is quick to prepare, making it a great option for your work lunches.
2. Skinny Chicken And Avocado Caesar Salad
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Some people just avoid Caesar salad, since it’s mostly loaded with fat and sodium. However, by making a few healthir swaps like hard boiled eggs and dressing made with greek yogurt, you could successfully get the same rich flavor wiithout the unnecessary fat but with great protein.
3. Thai Grilled Steak Salad
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As a protein, steak will give you exactly what you need, energy and satiety. Thus, it can perfectly be integrated in simple salads. You can actually get a light summer salad combining grilled steak with healthy greens and bold Thai flavors.
4. Sweet Potato And Chickpea Salad
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Another version would be a completely gluten-free salad. I know, it sounds vegan. However, you will get a lot of flavors from this sweet potato and chickpea salad. It is a salad perfectly packed with protein and healthy starches.
5. Shrimp Salad With Hominy, Arugula, And Lime
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Shrimp is another surprisingly satiating source of protein, with a flavor and texture that works well in many different types of salads. This recipe combines juicy shrimp with creative, southwestern-inspired flavors that will keep your taste buds happy and your stomach full.
6. Vegan Curry Tempeh Salad
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Here’s a meatless option that’s just as filling as its carnivore-friendly counterparts. With ingredients like tempeh, pumpkin seeds, and tahini, this salad doesn’t skimp on flavor or protein.
7. Healthy Cobb Salad
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Standard cobb salads excel in the protein department but aren’t exactly a healthy option, thanks to copious amounts of salty meats, cheeses, and dressing. That’s why this cobb salad recipe is such a welcome alternative. Chicken, turkey bacon, and hard boiled egg make it a satisfying meal for lunch or dinner.
8. Spicy Kale, Quinoa, And Black Bean Salad
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This salad is not only vegan, gluten-free, and oil-free, every one of its main ingredients — kale, quinoa, and black beans — delivers a generous amount of protein.
9. Tuscan Tuna And White Bean Salad
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For days when you’re starving but it’s too hot to turn on the oven, throw together this tuna and white bean salad, which is as delicious as it is filling.
10. Ginger Sesame Chicken Chopped Salad
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Tired of the same old mixed greens? Change things up with this chopped salad, which combines cabbage, carrots, almonds, and grilled chicken with a bold array of Asian flavors.