No Wimps Here: 18 Salads to Make for Dinner Tonight

(Image credit: Christine Han)

Craving something light, wholesome, and totally fresh for dinner? It’s time to throw salad night into your weekly meal plan. Wedge it between Taco Tuesday and pasta night and you’ve got a guaranteed beacon of freshness in the middle of the week.

When you’re making salad for dinner, you need something that will fill you up and keep you satisfied, so you won’t find any wimpy salads here. From a vegetarian kale taco salad, to a protein-rich chopped chickpea salad, to a Thai-inspired steak number, here are 18 meal-worthy salads to add to your dinner rotation right now.

All-Veggie Salads

Let these salads show you the most delicious ways to eat a big bowl full of veggies for dinner. Each one goes way beyond leafy greens to include a mix of ingredients that will leave you feeling totally satisfied.

Zucchini Buffalo Chicken Salad(Image credit: Christine Han)

Meaty Salads

If you believe your main meal isn’t complete without some meat, these are the salads for you. Bonus: Salads are always a good way to use up that leftover chicken, shredded pork, or steak lingering in the fridge.

Farro Salad with Roasted Eggplant(Image credit: Kimberley Hasselbrink)

Bean and Grain Salads

You’ll find plenty of veggies in these salads, although each one puts hearty beans or grains at the helm to guarantee a filling, dinner-worthy bowl.