Main Course Salads

Sometimes a colorful, hearty salad is all you need for a stellar meal. Here are some of our favorite recipes for main course salads, from the artfully composed California Cobb to a simple lamb salad.

Grilled Vegetable and Barley Salad
Grilled Vegetable and Barley Salad
Barley is typically eaten in a pudding for breakfast or dessert in Egypt, but in this recipe from cookbook author Suzanne Zeidy, it's turned into a hearty salad, seasoned with cumin and chiles, and tossed with grilled vegetables, feta, and pistachios. Get the recipe for Grilled Vegetable and Barley Salad »Helen Cathcart
Sausage and Arugula Pasta Salad
Sausage and Arugula Pasta Salad
Pasta salads are essential summer food: they travel well; they're easy to adapt to whatever produce you have on-hand; and they're simple to make in large portions, making them perfect dishes to carry to parties, picnics, and barbecues. Get the recipe for Sausage and Arugula Pasta Salad »Farideh Sadeghin
Simple Weeknight Meal, Grilled Halloumi and Cherry Salad
Grilled Halloumi and Cherry Salad
The sweetness of cherries balances the saltiness of halloumi in this simple summer salad, perfect for a side or a main dish.Farideh Sadeghin
Honey-Grilled Chicken with Citrus Salad
Honey-Grilled Chicken with Citrus Salad
This grilled chicken dish is the Holy Trinity of weeknight cooking: delicious, quick, and made from easy-to-find ingredients.Farideh Sadeghin
Eritrean Spicy Tomato Bread Salad with Yogurt (Fata)
Eritrean Spicy Tomato Bread Salad with Yogurt (Fata)
In the Horn of Africa, they serve a version of panzanella tossed not with fresh tomatoes, but with a rich, spicy tomato stew. Crusty bread soaks up the juices and cooling yogurt provides contrast and sweet relief.Matt Taylor-Gross
Houston, Chris Shepherd, Grilling, Soba Salad
Soba Salad with Marinated Cucumber and Ponzu
Instead of the cookout-classic pasta salad, serve this refreshing Asian noodle dish zipped up with crunchy vegetables.Drew Anthony Smith
Lentil Salad with Beets and Pomegranate
Lentil Salad with Beets and Pomegranate
Packed full of glowing winter produce—sweet roasted beets, tart pomegranate seeds—this lentil salad makes a colorful addition to the winter table. Pair it with chicken, beef, lamb, or fish, or serve it as a vegetarian main; it's hearty enough to stand on its own.Farideh Sadeghin
Seaweed Salad with Orange and Macadamia Nuts
Seaweed Salad with Orange and Macadamia Nuts
Chef Josita Hartanto of Berlin's Lucky Leek mixes three marinated seaweeds with sweet caramelized mushrooms, steamed vinegary rice, and crisp toasted nori in this vegan rice bowl. All of the seaweeds used here can be found online so search them out, as they each contribute a different texture and taste to this salad. Get the recipe for Seaweed Salad with Orange and Macadamia Nuts »Matt Taylor-Gross
Warm Wheat Berry Salad with Fava Beans and Trout Roe
Warm Wheat Berry Salad with Fava Beans and Trout Roe
This warm salad, from Elise Kornack of the Brooklyn restaurant Take Root, is a satisfying main course thanks to chewy, protein-packed wheat berries.Romulo Yanes
Grilled Octopus with Chickpeas, Tomatoes and Anchovy Vinaigrette
Grilled Octopus with Chickpeas, Tomatoes and Anchovy Vinaigrette
Tacolicious owner Sara Deseran first discovered this smoky salad, from Neil Fraser of LA's Redbird, while cooking at the annual Sabores San Miguel festival in Mexico. The trick to getting tender, flavorful octopus is boiling it first, then marinating and grilling it.Farideh Sadeghin
Charred Asparagus and Egg Salad
Charred Asparagus and Egg Salad
Super easy and fresh, this is a perfect dish for spring, but also translates well to outdoor cooking in the summer.Farideh Sadeghin
French Lentil Salad with Blue Cheese
French Lentil Salad with Blue Cheese
A neutral base of lentil salad lets the pleasant sharpness of the Bleu d'Auvergne cheese, which is aged in sweet wine at La Fromagerie du Comtat, take center stage in this salad from Sue Conley and Peggy Smith of Cowgirl Creamery in Point Reyes Station, California. Any creamy cow's milk blue will work well in its place.Nicole Franzen
Soba Noodle Salad with Miso and Grilled Prawns
Soba Noodle Salad with Miso and Grilled Prawns
A miso marinade doubles as a dressing for a flavorful salad composed of watercress, scallions, and soba noodles. Get the recipe for Soba Noodle Salad with Miso and Grilled Prawns »Farideh Sadeghin
Quinoa Salad with Snap Peas, Scallions, and Mint
Quinoa Salad with Snap Peas, Scallions, and Mint
This light quinoa salad, filled with scallions, mint, snap peas, and crisp haricots verts tossed in a Dijon vinaigrette, makes a perfect summer side dish for picnics and barbecues.Matt Taylor-Gross
Salade Niçoise
Salade Niçoise
A French bistro staple, this provençal salad combines tuna, olives, cucumber, green beans, anchovies, and other spring vegetables for a filling and protein-rich meal.Todd Coleman
Sautéed Crab with Avocado, Grapefruit and Herb Salad
Sautéed Crab with Avocado, Grapefruit and Herb Salad
Crabmeat is rubbed with a smoky chile paste, then sautéed and tossed in a refreshing salad of creamy avocado, tart grapefruit, and herbs.Penny De Los Santos
Guatemalan Composed Salad (Fiambre)
Guatemalan Composed Salad (Fiambre)
Fiambre, which means "served cold," is only eaten in Guatemala on All Saint's Day.Todd Coleman
Goose Confit and Fig Salad
Goose Confit and Fig Salad
For this luxurious salad, top spicy arugula with a rich confit of braised goose leg and fresh black mission figs.Todd Coleman
Chinese Chicken Salad
Chinese Chicken Salad
Variations on this salad have been served in Los Angeles everywhere from the Fox Studios Commissary to Wolfgang Puck's Chinois on Main.André Baranowski
Cobb Salad
Cobb Salad
Los Angeles's Brown Derby closed its doors long ago, but this classic salad, invented in 1937 by the restaurant's owner, Robert H. Cobb, lives on.André Baranowski
Salade Lyonnaise
Salade Lyonnaise
Hailing from Lyon, this French bistro standard gathers a delectable trio of bitter frisée, runny poached egg, and crisp lardons.Andre Baranowski
Greek Pasta Salad
Greek Pasta Salad
Tangy feta and crunchy veggies get extra body from rotini in this classic Greek-inspired pasta salad.Maxime Iattoni
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Watermelon Radish, Ahi Tuna, and Snap Pea Salad
At Los Angeles’ Lemonade restaurant, crunchy radishes, snap peas, and medium-rare seared tuna are tossed in a ginger-soy dressing for a crisp and colorful entrée salad.Ingalls Photography
Farmer's Salad with Beet Vinaigrette
Farmer's Salad with Beet Vinaigrette
This salad is topped with a bright thick sweet-tart pickled beet dressing.James Oseland