Salad doesn't have to be boring -- even when it's packed with healthy ingredients. Long gone are the days when plain iceberg lettuce, tomato wedges, and carrot half moons, dressed in olive oil and vinegar; now you can make salads as simple and unique as arugula and parmesan with a lemon vinaigrette or something elaborate enough to be considered a meal. Whether you're looking for healthy meal options or you need new ideas for serving up spinach and kale, discover new ways to mix a tasty salad to make at home on Yummly…

Side Salad Recipes

Potato salad, tuna salad, and pasta salads may not be green, but they are side salads. And while they are classics, they can be altered to add a little more life to your meal -- whether you want a salad for weight loss or you just want to add more healthy recipes to your repertoire. Try twisting the potato salad into a sweet potato salad. Swap out fusilli for tortellini for a more filling pasta salad. Or turn your tuna salad into a paleo tuna salad by adding bacon and avocado. But if you're looking for a green side salad, Greek salads make a great, multi-colored addition to any meal. And let's not forget fruit salad! It makes a great side -- cut up three seasonal fruits you get at the farmers' market, sprinkle them with lemon juice and you have yourself a side of fruit salad.

Meal Salad Recipes

One of the most popular salads eaten as a meal is the cobb salad, but most any salad can be converted into a meal, you just have to add a few items that complement your chosen greens. Taco salad is a great example of a salad as a meal, but if you like kale and you're over kale caesar salad, you can make it an Italian meal with cubed bread, salami, tomatoes, and goat cheese for a hearty panzanella. Turn spinach salad into an Asian salad by adding julienned carrots, fresh mint, and marinated beef for a Thai beef salad. No lettuce? No problem! Cucumbers, sliced grape tomatoes, and avocados and a squeeze of lime juice make a great salad base, all you need is quinoa or grilled chicken to make it a protein power salad. Most of these can be adjusted to be vegan, gluten-free, or keto.

From Mediterranean salads to Mexican chicken salad, there are thousands of recipes on Yummly to make every meal special.

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