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Main Course Salads That Don’t Need a Side of Anything

Plus, these keep well for lunch the next day (and the next)

By SAVEUR Editors


Published on June 6, 2018

When we hear "salad," we often subconsciously tack on "side." Except for these 22 salads aren't your average vinaigrette– and crouton–topped piles of mixed greens. While some are paired with meats like grilled skirt steak or octopus, others rely on vegetarian proteins, like eggs or halloumi cheese, for their bulk. Ultimately, these are salads that are a meal on their own, a one-bowl lunch or dinner, and most importantly, a way to eat a whole lot of vegetables and feel fully satisfied.

Burma Superstar's Shan Tofu Salad
Chickpea Tofu Salad (Burmese Salad with Shan Tofu)

Chickpea Tofu Salad (Burmese Salad with Shan Tofu)

Cannellini Bean Salad with Radicchio and Celery
Cannellini Bean Salad with Radicchio and Celery

Cannellini Bean Salad with Radicchio and Cele

Seaweed Salad with Orange and Macadamia Nuts
Seaweed Salad with Orange and Macadamia Nuts

Seaweed Salad with Orange and Macadamia Nuts

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. Get the recipe for Farmer’s Salad with Beet Vinaigrette »

Chicken with Eggplant Salad
Chicken, Olive, and Eggplant Salad

Brighten up any day with this simple roast chicken and fresh eggplant and herb salad. Get the recipe for Chicken, Olive, and Eggplant Salad »

Smoked Trout, Rutabaga, and Microgreen Salad, Late Winter Feast
Smoked Trout, Rutabaga, and Microgreen Salad

Mix flaky chunks of smoked trout and roasted golden rutabaga with your choice of microgreens to add a fresh hint of early spring to this rustic salad. Get the recipe for Smoked Trout, Rutabaga, and Microgreen Salad »

Grilled Skirt Steak with Herb Salad
Grilled Skirt Steak with Herb Salad

This steak is seasoned simply with salt and pepper and served with a light herb salad with a whole grain mustard and honey dressing. Get the recipe for Grilled Skirt Steak with Herb Salad »

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 »

Escarole with Confit Duck Gizzards, Comté, and Walnuts
Escarole with Confit Duck Gizzards, Comté, and Walnuts

Winemakers Alice and Olivier de Moor use confit duck gizzards in this simple winter salad, but confit duck legs make a fine substitute. Get the recipe for Escarole with Confit Duck Gizzards, Comté, and Walnuts »

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. Get the recipe for Sautéed Crab with Avocado, Grapefruit and Herb Salad »

Sweet and Sour Vegetables with Poached Egg
Sweet and Sour Vegetables with Poached Egg

Ginger, lemongrass, and maple vinegar add a warm base note to this dish, which is packed with root vegetables, and topped with a crisp greens and a poached egg.

Exceptional Salmon
Exceptional Salmon

Easy and delicious, this quick-to-make recipe is typical of Nigella Lawson’s no-nonsense, breezy approach to food.

Breakfast Salad
Breakfast Salad

Breakfast Salad

Farro Grain Bowl
Farro Grain Bowl

Farro Grain Bowl

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