Chicken, Tuna, Pasta: 15 Fresh & Filling Lunch Salads

Chicken, Tuna, Pasta: 15 Fresh & Filling Lunch Salads

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Faith Durand
Apr 11, 2011
When it comes to easy lunches that don't need to be reheated, the salad reigns supreme. But a salad in this case doesn't need to be just carrots and greens — a rabbit salad, as they say. No, a true lunch salad can be far more filling and satisfying. From a pasta salad with feta and broccoli, to a grain salad with dried fruit and nuts, to my very, very favorite chicken salad, here are 15 salads that are just fabulous for the lunchbox. When filling my lunchbox, I usually look for salads that have a little meat or fish, like chicken or tuna salad, or salads that incorporate hearty grains, or beans or pasta. Here are five salads from each of those categories — have you tried any of these yet? Salads with Meat or Fish • 1 Crisp Tuna-Cabbage Salad - Tuna salad, packed with shredded cabbage for lightness and crunch. • 2 Dill and Yogurt Chicken Salad - One of my all-time favorite recipes. A simple chicken salad with the fresh, light tanginess of yogurt and plenty of fresh herbs. • 3 Italian Chicken Salad Sandwiches - A fresh take on chicken salad. • 4 Chicken (or Tofu!) & Wild Rice Salad - Chicken and wild rice, a classic. Can be made with tofu, too! • 5 Barbecue Chicken and Macaroni Salad - A saucy chicken and pasta dish. Grain Salads • 6 Winter Wheat Berry Salad with Figs and Red Onion - A beautiful salad with sweet figs, savory red onion, and lots of crunchy nuts. Filling and delicious. • 7 Quinoa Salad with Spring Radishes and Greens - Crunchy radishes, fresh greens, and superfood quinoa! • 8 Warm Farro Salad with Roasted Vegetables and Fontina - This is a lunch salad that is really good for dinner as well. • 9 Meyer Lemon Grain Salad with Asparagus, Almonds and Goat Cheese - A great recipe for spring. • 10 Couscous Salad with Winter Squash and Cranberries - Delicious and satisfying. Pasta and Bean Salads • 11 Chickpea of the Sea - A vegetarian take on the classic tuna salad. • 12 Black-Eyed Pea Salad - Dixie caviar itself! • 13 Broccoli and Feta Pasta Salad - A favorite in my family. Green broccoli and salty, savory feta. • 14 Tortellini and Spring Vegetable Salad - Tortellini tossed with spring vegetables — gorgeous and so delicious! • 15 Roasted Garlic, Olive and Tomato Pasta Salad - A tender, creamy pasta salad with the flavor of fresh garlic and sun-ripened tomatoes and olives. A million miles away from old-fashioned, too-greasy pasta salads. Do you have a favorite salad that you like to pack for lunch? Related: Twelve Steps To a Better Pasta Salad (Images: See linked recipes for full image credits)
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