Make the Most of Summer with these 14 Main Meal Salads

Turn summer's bounty of fresh vegetables and herbs into hearty weeknight dinner salads. From classics like Cobb Salad to new favorites like Fish Taco Salad Bowls, we've got ideas that whole family will love!

Summer is the season for salads! Nothing highlights my garden bounty like crisp, crunchy vegetables tossed together for quick, healthy weeknight dinners.

I love salads packed with vegetables, but I need to make sure they are filling too. Making a salad into a complete meal can sometimes be a challenge, especially for my growing tweens. While a light plate for lunch will suffice, by the end of the day, we need a hearty dinner! We’ve worked hard and played hard and we are hungry.

If you’re looking for bold, robust salads you’re in luck! Pick from any of the recipes below and you are certain to have a healthy, filling, and utterly delicious weeknight dinner.


Cobb Salad

This is my first go-to because I always have the ingredients on hand. You could also easily do a serve-yourself-salad-bar. Set all the ingredients out on the table and let everyone build their salad to their heart’s content!

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Steak salad made with thinly-sliced pan-seared flank steak on a bed of arugula and lettuce with avocado, pomegranate seeds, and other add-ins

We started with arugula in this salad because its strong peppery flavor is balanced out by the steak and lemony vinaigrette. If you want to save on time, make the steak beforehand!

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BLT Salad

Love BLTs? Then we think you’ll love this salad. It’s a deconstructed version of BLTs and uses generous amounts of that garden bounty. If you want some more protein added in, try some grilled chicken!

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Shrimp Arugula White Bean Salad

Easy, healthy, and quick is the name of this salad’s game. It’s on the table in 20 minutes and has bold Mediterranean flavor!

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Caesar Salad with Grilled Chicken Recipe

A simple Caesar salad transforms to a hearty meal thanks to some lean grilled chicken. Toss in some croutons and dinner is served.

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Asian Tuna Salad

No need to turn on the oven for this Asian inspired salad! Canned tuna is the star of the show and is surrounded with the flavors of radishes, green onion, and shredded carrots.

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Salad bowl with fish recipe

Enjoy the same fresh flavors of fish tacos in salad form! Served with fresh veggies and crunchy tortillas, this is sure to become your new go-to for Taco Tuesdays.Ldfd

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Salad recipe with peaches, goat cheese and basil

Juicy, ripe peaches and aromatic basil never looked better than on this salad. It only takes 10 minutes to whip up, just make sure to have extra on hand. You’ll definitely want seconds.

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Turkey Taco Salad

The best part about this salad? The meat can be made in advance, which saves you time when the dinner hangries strike. Feel free to serve it warm or cold!

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Strawberry Quinoa Arugula Salad

Strawberries are juicy, tart, and sweet, and they make a playful addition to salads of all kinds, including a quinoa salad!

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Chicken Posole Salad

All the delightful fixings of chicken pozole are in this salad. Chili rubbed chicken breasts are served with hominy, shredded cabbage, romaine and topped with avocados, radishes, cilantro, and cotija cheese. It all comes together in perfect harmony thanks to the lime infused vinaigrette!

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A cobb salad is great if you are really wanting something substantial, but if you’re in the market for a meal that is on the lighter side, try this Un-Cobb Salad. Fresh fruits like mangos and apples are served with avocados and dried cranberries.

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Chicken Panzanella Recipe - big bowl of colorful panzanella

Use up any stale bread you have with this fun salad. Make things even easier on yourself by snagging a rotisserie chicken at the store.

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Chicken Salad with celery and bell pepper in a serving bowl

This chicken salad is really the best there is. You can serve it on a sandwich, in pitas, over a bed of lettuce (so it really can be a salad)! It has a sweet and tangy flavor that’ll drive you taste buds wild.

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Claudia Cash

Claudia is the Community Manager for Simply Recipes, and finds joy building relationships with our readers through Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube. As the mother of 5 girls, she is passionate about family dinner and having that time together every day to connect with those we love, even if it's over toast and eggs.

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  1. Norelin

    I love these and will make everyone! Thank you!

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