Find over 15 of the best Satisfying Salad Ideas for Dinner you can whip up in minutes and fit in some extra veggies with flavorful meals you’ll love!

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Our Favorite Salad Ideas for Dinner

From a take on a traditional Waldorf Salad to a broccoli salad to an antipasto-inspired Italian pasta salad, we’ve got you covered.

Whether you’re looking for a side to serve at a BBQ or want to make a bowl of salad your main attraction for dinner, read on for some of our favorite satisfying salad ideas you can put together tonight!

1. Waldorf Salad

A traditional Waldorf salad is packed with chopped apples and grapes and is dressed with lemon juice and mayonnaise. Add grilled chicken to make a complete meal that’s delicious and fresh.

Waldorf Salad
Waldorf salad is a traditional favorite made with sweet fruits like apples, grapes, and raisins. Add chopped grilled chicken for a light meal.
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2. Summer Pasta Salad

Loaded with veggies like cherry tomatoes and artichokes, this pasta salad is filling enough to be your main dinner entree.

Summer Pasta Salad
This summer pasta salad is the perfect side dish for warm summer days! Crisp, fresh veggies, tangy artichoke hearts, and salty feta are tossed with rotini and Italian dressing for a light, easy summer pasta salad.
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3. Crusted Chicken Cobb Salad with Honey Mustard Dressing

This crusted chicken cobb salad is a one-bowl meal! There are enough vegetables to make you feel good, plus hard-boiled eggs for extra protein along with the chicken. It’s finished with an irresistible honey mustard dressing.

Crusted Chicken Cobb Salad with Honey Mustard Dressing
This Crusted Chicken Cobb Salad is absolutely packed with flavor! It’s a satisfying dinner with a variety of colors and textures, and the homemade honey mustard dressing is irresistible!
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4. Potato Salad

Potato salad is a great side dish. However, when you pair it with meat like ham or burgers it’s enough to round out your dinner plate. Plus, you can make it in advance and eat it whenever you want. It’s always a hit when you’re looking for a salad idea for dinner!

homemade potato salad
Potato Salad
This is literally the best potato salad recipe, ever. Packed full of flavor, you're going to love how simple this summer side dish recipe is.
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5. Ham Salad

Speaking of ham, this delicious ham salad is a great way to use up leftover ham. Toast a few slices of crusty French bread, and serve ham salad toast with a bowl of homemade soup for dinner.

A bowl of ham salad surrounded by crackers.
Ham Salad
Ham salad is a deli favorite that’s easy to make at home! It’s perfect for school or work lunches, and it’s a great way to use up leftover ham.
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6. Corn Salad

Fresh corn salad with cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, avocado, and feta cheese makes the most of summer’s bounty. It’s light and delicious, especially served with fresh bread.

Corn Salad
This corn salad is the perfect summer side dish! Fresh corn is tossed with cherry tomatoes, crunchy cucumber, onions, avocado, tangy feta, and fresh herbs, all in a sweet-and-tangy red wine vinaigrette.
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7. Brussels Sprouts Salad

One of our favorite salad ideas for dinner in the fall! Loaded up with fall favorites like roasted butternut squash, apples, pumpkin seeds, pomegranate, and lots of Brussels Sprouts, this salad is packed with harvest season flavors.

brussels sprouts salad served in a white bowl
Brussels Sprouts Salad
This Brussels sprout salad is packed with flavor! With tender roasted butternut squash, Honeycrisp apple, pumpkin seeds, and pomegranate, you can see why I call this a fall harvest salad!
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8. Summer Cobb Salad

This delicious version of a Cobb Salad uses pre-cooked grilled chicken to keep prep a breeze. Top it with hard-boiled eggs, blue cheese, raspberries, blackberries, avocado, and roasted almonds to make it a super satisfying dinner.

Summer Cobb Salad
Topped with eggs, blue cheese, raspberries, blackberries, avocado, roasted almonds and chicken, this Summer Cobb Salad packs a wholesome punch.
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Simple Salad Ideas For Dinner

9. Kale Salad with Cheese Crisps

Looking for salad ideas for dinner that are super satisfying, but also easy? Take a bag of pre-washed baby kale, and top it with some tasty homemade cheese crisps and a simple balsamic vinaigrette. Tonight’s dinner is easy, wholesome, and done!

Kale Salad with Cheese Crisps
A super simple and nourishing kale salad with homemade cheese crisps, oyster crackers, and bacon.
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10. Cucumber Salad

If you have cucumbers in the fridge you can make cucumber salad. Just a few ingredients come together with a sweet-sour dressing for a delicious salad you can serve alongside pretty much anything.

Cucumber Salad
Cucumber Salad is the perfect refreshing summer side dish made with cucumbers, a vinegar and sugar dressing, along with fresh herbs for a classic recipe!
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11. Broccoli Salad

Raw broccoli meets sunflower seeds, cheese, and bacon in this hearty salad. Our recipe below includes directions for a perfect mayo-based dressing to drizzle over the top. Every bite is packed with creamy, crunchy goodness.

broccoli salad with dressing, cheese, and bacon bits in a white bowl.
Broccoli Salad
This Broccoli Salad recipe is an amazing addition to your summer salad menu! Raw, crunchy broccoli, lots of salty bacon and cheddar cheese, and a creamy dressing will make this one a family favorite!
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12. Tuna Salad Sandwich

Yes, it’s still technically a salad! Our tuna salad sandwich recipe is so good you’ll want to serve it at dinnertime, too.

Tuna Salad Sandwich
This Simple Tuna Salad recipe is an underrated classic! It's light, simple to make, and great for a quick meal. Plus, it's versatile – serve it as a sandwich, on top of a salad, or in a wrap for instant lunch satisfaction.
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13. Antipasto Salad

Antipasto salad is often served before a meal. However, there’s so much goodness packed into one bowl that you could serve it for dinner alone. Veggies, meat, and cheese with a tangy dressing make this recipe hard to resist.

Antipasto Salad
The Antipasto Salad is filled with bright veggies, loaded with meats, and flowing with cheese. It truly is the best addition to any meal!
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14. Italian Pasta Salad

Italian pasta salad is like antipasto salad but with added pasta! It’s full of cooked pasta, black olives, peppers, tomatoes, red onions, meat, and cheese. Dressed with zesty Italian dressing before serving, it’s hearty, flavorful, and oh-so-tasty.

Italian Pasta Salad
Italian pasta salad is loaded with flavorful ingredients, tossed in a tangy dressing, and a cinch to make!
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15. Pea Salad

It may sound funny to use frozen peas in a salad, but trust me, this is a winner. The crunchy peas play off the salty bacon and cheddar cheese. Then, chopped red onions and a tangy sour cream dressing finish it off.

Pea Salad
Simple Pea Salad is a delicious southern side dish that is filled with frozen peas, bacon, chopped red onions, and cheddar cheese.
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16. Spaghetti Salad

Another one-dish meal, this spaghetti salad is full of veggies. You can add any vegetables or meat you like, and it’s perfect when served straight from the fridge. We love this at summertime BBQs!

Spaghetti Salad
This spaghetti salad is packed with big, bold flavors—and it’s oh-so-easy to make!
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17. Bow Tie Pasta Salad Recipe

Who says pasta salad can’t be a main meal? Turn the side dish into the main course with this bow tie pasta salad. While it isn’t a traditional salad with all the fixings, it will make for one tasty meal.

Bow Tie Pasta Salad Recipe
This easy bow tie pasta salad recipe is quick and pleases everyone! It’s perfect for potlucks, picnics or as a side dish to any weeknight meal.
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18. Orange Fluff Salad

Don’t knock on this orange fluff salad until you try it. This orange salad is closer to a fruit salad than a salad full of veggies. However, the sweetness of the salad isn’t overpowering and will leave you feeling super satisfied.

Orange fluff salad.
Orange Fluff Salad
Made with simple ingredients – mandarin oranges, pineapple, cottage cheese, and cool whip, this simple Orange Fluff Salad is the best!
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19. Doritos Taco Salad

If you love adding a good crunch to your salad, you’ll be all in on this Doritos taco salad. The recipe combines all the delicious fixings of a taco. However, instead of tortillas, we combine everything in a bowl with Doritos. It’s quick, easy, and always crowd-pleasing!

ingredients for doritos taco salad served in a glass round bowl
Doritos Taco Salad
This easy, cheesy Doritos Taco Salad recipe is one of those rare salads that kids will actually want to eat! Meal prep + keto options.
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20. Ramen Noodle Salad

Send your tastebuds on a wild ride with this ramen noodle salad. The Asian-inspired recipe has a wide range of flavors that balance out in the best way possible. Each bite is tangy, sweet, salty, and full of sastisying texture.

Ramen Noodle Salad
This Asian-inspired ramen noodle salad has so much sweet and tangy flavor. The bright, bold colors also make it a true show-stopper!
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Tasty Salad Ideas For Dinner

21. Greek Salad

Take a trip to Greece all without leaving your kitchen with this Greek salad dish. The salad loads up on cucumbers, tomatoes, feta, olives, peppers, and more to make to turn the light fare into a hearty meal.

Greek Salad
This easy Greek salad recipe is refreshing & delicious! Made with cucumber, tomatoes, olives, peppers, & feta, Greek salad is the best summer side dish.
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22. Everyday Salad

We’ve all had those nights where we want something light to eat but can’t decide what to make. Enter this everyday salad. It’s simple, quick, and easy to make. Plus, it’s flavorful and nutritious, making it excellent for a main dinner dish. You can even add chicken or shrimp to make it more filling.

Everyday Salad
My go-to everyday salad recipe — quick, easy, healthy, and SO delicious! Perfect for serving as .a side salad or as a main dish.
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23. Big Italian Salad

You can’t go wrong when it comes to a big Italian salad. This is typically served as a side dish with a large pasta dinner. However, it’s good enough to shine on its own and become the main meal. Top the salad with grilled chicken to make it even heartier.

Big Italian Salad with Homemade Italian Dressing
TESTED & PERFECTED RECIPE – This Italian salad pairs nicely with spaghetti and meatballs, lasagna, or anything else in that Italian comfort food realm.
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24. Green Salad

Sometimes, salads don’t have to be all fussy. Just look at this green salad, for example. This simple recipe pairs mixed greens with tomatoes, cucumber, red onions, parmesan, and more to make a simple yet filling meal.

Green Salad
An easy Green Salad with mixed greens, tomatoes, cucumber, red onion, Parmesan, croutons, and a quick balsamic vinaigrette.
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25. Watermelon and Feta Salad

Save this recipe for the summer months when watermelon is at its peak. The juicy fruit pairs with cucumbers and feta for a combination that is out of this world. It’s a dish that will be hard to put down.

Watermelon and Feta Salad
This one-bowl, one-step recipe for Watermelon and Feta Salad will become a summertime staple! Juicy watermelon, crunchy cucumber, and salty feta are dressed in a tangy vinaigrette and topped with a shower of fresh herbs.
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26. Tomato Salad

Take advantage of juicy, ripe tomatoes with this savory tomato salad! It comes together in minutes and is full of nutrients to keep you full. If you want to bulk it up a bit, feel free to add your favorite protein, too.

Tomato Salad
Simple ingredients shine in this flavorful tomato salad recipe that's always welcome at BBQs as well as on the dinner table.
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Is a salad good for dinner?

Yes! A salad is a great meal to have for dinner. Load it up with veggies and proteins to make sure it is filling for a full meal. All of the recipes above will give you great inspiration for your next meal.

What are the 5 types of salads?

When it comes to salads, there are many you can choose from. Salads tend to fall into five categories, including green salad, bound, vegetable, fruit, or combination.

What can you eat with salad for dinner?

If you find that your salad is not enough for dinner, pair it with a dinner roll or even a bowl of soup.

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