8 salads you can eat for dinner

These eight salads are delicious, healthy, and hearty enough to be a meal by themselves. The bonus: They’ll be on the table in no time

Thai Beef Salad

Lean steak marinated in soy, garlic and lime juice lends an Asian take to this pretty salad. Basil, cilantro, and mint add a heady fragrance and red chiles, a spicy kick.The weather is getting warmer (finally!) and summer is upon us. When the temperatures start going up, I always find myself leaning more towards salads and grilled dishes, rather than the heavy comfort foods of winter. This Thai Beef Salad is loaded with bright, tangy flavors – Citrus and fresh herbs with a bit of sweetness to balance it all out. Top it all off with a steak that’s been cooked medium rare and let its juices enhance the taste even more.

Tarragon Chicken Salad

A light dressing made with tahini, lemon, and tarragon gives this chicken breast fillet salad plenty of flavor. Baby spinach and orange segments add freshness, and almonds contribute an appealing crunch.It is tasty on toasted bread or in a lettuce cup for a tasty lettuce wrap. While the recipe calls for mayonnaise, plain greek yogurt may be substituted if needed. Another quick tip: a rotisserie chicken is excellent for this chicken salad.

Seared Sea Scallops & Grapefruit Salad with Mustard Vinaigrette

Peppery arugula and tart grapefruit are bright counterpoints to sweet seared sea scallops and salad greens, all in a tangy mustard vinaigrette. Have this feast-for-the-taste buds on the table in under 30 minutes!

Jamaican Jerked Chicken Salad

Assemble this dish just before serving: An enzyme in kiwi will break down the protein in chicken if it sits too long. So enjoy this spicy and refreshing dinner salad while the chicken is still warm.

Grilled Fresh Tuna Salad Niçoise

In the classic version of this French salad, vegetables are arranged on separate plate. But here, they’re tossed together in a lemon vinaigrette. Thick, fresh tuna steaks are cooked to medium-rare, sliced, and placed on top of the tossed salad.

Shellfish Salad With Herbed Lemon Dressing

Using some of the shellfish cooking liquid to make the salad dressing enriches the flavor.

Fusilli Salad with Ham and Lima Beans

This hearty salad features pesto made of walnuts and peppery watercress leaves-a savory twist on the classic basil-pine nut version-with more chopped cress, lean ham, and lima beans tossed in a lemon and yogurt dressing.

Bulgur Wheat and Shrimp Salad

A coarsely ground wheat grain, bulgur is quick to prepare and makes an ideal pantry standby to use in hot and cold dishes. This nutty-textured, colorful salad is lovely to look at and full of flavorful goodness.

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