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We’ve all been there: You have all the best intentions to eat a wholesome salad filled with lots of vegetables for lunch, but by the time noon rolls around you’re starving and nothing could look more unappealing than what you planned for. So you default to a hefty sandwich, dinner leftovers, or really, just anything but a salad.
Forget those days — here are 30 easy salads to make for lunch that you’ll actually want to eat! Not only are they filled with things like beans, chicken, and whole grains so they fill you up, but they’re also loaded with enough flavor and crunch to hold your attention.
These meatless salads are a far cry from the plain ol’ green salad you may have been packing. Using a mix of vegetables in some ensures things stay interesting, while adding beans and lentils to others lends a pop of protein.
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Vegetarian Kale Taco Salad
In this wholesome take on a Tex-Mex taco salad, shredded kale is tossed with hearty black beans and crisp veggies, and softened by a creamy yogurt and cilantro dressing.Go to Recipe
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Tomato Chickpea Salad
This is the kind of salad that can be tossed together at a moment’s notice. Filled with good things like chickpeas and cherry tomatoes, it’s simple yet still incredibly hearty and satisfying. Go to Recipe
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Four-Can Pantry Salad
When your crisper drawer is empty turn to the pantry - there’s a world of other ingredients you can utilize to make a quick, refreshing salad.Go to Recipe
For those extra-hungry days, let pasta salad help you out. They’re a bit heartier, yes, but still feel nice and wholesome, and are even better when made in advance.
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Pesto Pasta Salad
Nothing says summer like tendrils of pasta, fresh mozzarella pearls, juicy tomatoes, and crunchy cucumber dressed in a basil pesto sauce.Go to Recipe
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Greek Pasta Salad
Take all the bright, vibrant flavors of a classic Greek salad, toss it with al dente shells and you’ve got summer’s new favorite pasta salad.Go to Recipe
Chicken, Tuna, Egg Salads, and more.
While some of these recipes lean a little into sandwich territory, know that these classic protein-based lunches are just as fabulous piled over greens and turned into a true salad.
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A delicious mayonnaise-based shrimp salad that you can serve over toast, on a bed of salad greens, or on a buttered roll for a quick, satisfying summer meal.Go to Recipe