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5 Great Salads that Make a Meal

Looking for something fresh after the long, heavy winter? Enjoy plenty of fresh vegetables and protein in these great salads that make a meal.

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Salad season is upon us — and I’m so glad! Salad meals have long been some of my favorites. I miss them during winter.

I know, I can — and do — have salads all year long, but I find that spring and summer often provide some of the best-tasting salad ingredients.

Now, salad fixing takes a little time, there’s all that chopping to do, but once you do the chopping, salad prep comes together really quickly and easily. Salads are such a great way to get in your dose of veggies each day.

In fact, I’ve been reflecting on how my habits (and my figure) have changed over the years. I realized two things: 1. I used to chase toddlers all the time, going for walks and to the park all the time, and 2. I ate at least one big salad EVERY day. As my kids have grown, I’ve pulled away from both practices. While it may not guarantee my losing this extra ten pounds, I’m happy to get back to my daily salad, especially since salads are so tasty!

5 Great Salads that Make a Meal

I’ve rounded up five of my favorite salads that make a meal. You can easily enjoy a big bowl of veggies with a little protein thrown in and feel satisfied. I’ve listed modifications if you’d like to make these gluten- and dairy-free.

First up (pictured above)

Turkey and Ham Cobb Salad

A Cobb Salad is full of flavor so it never need be boring. This one with ham and turkey gets dressed up with bacon and leeks. It feels fancy, but it’s super simple to prepare.

(Omit the cheese to make it dairy-free. Check the bacon to make sure there’s no added gluten.)

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Quinoa Salad to Make You Swoon

Seriously. If there ever was a swoon-worthy salad, this would be it. Even my husband says so. And that’s saying something. It’s one of my favorites to make for a hearty, protein-packed lunch.

(Omit the cheese to make this dairy-free; it’s already naturally gluten-free.)

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Submarine Salad

The best part of a sub sandwich is the meat and veggies and abundant Italian dressing. You have all those in this tasty Submarine Salad, so good you won’t miss the bread!

(Omit the cheese to make this dairy-free; it’s already naturally gluten-free.)

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Greek Salad with Chicken

Enjoy fresh spinach and veggies, tender chicken, and great flavor in this Greek Salad with Chicken.

(Omit the cheese to make this dairy-free; it’s already naturally gluten-free.)

5 Great Salads that Make a Meal | Good Cheap Eats

Spinach Salad with Chicken and Strawberries

This spinach salad will make you happy. It’s easy to make and the chicken, strawberries, and other fruit just make it sing.

(Omit the cheese to make this dairy-free; it’s already naturally gluten-free.)

What are YOUR favorite salads that make a meal?

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  1. Cob Salads are the best meal makers ever for me. They’re so filling!

    That submarine salad looks really good, too.

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  2. If I’m making a meal of salad it is usually grain or pasta based, although I do an occasional spinach or baby greens salad. This is due to digestive issues with lettuce. Therefore, pasta, bulgur and couscous figure heavily in the salads I do make. I am more apt to rely on soups that salads, but both are good and I occasionally spend a bit of time mourning the days when I could safely eat big lettuce salads safely such chef’s salad. I do occasionally indulge in spinach with hard boiled eggs, cheese and either ham or real bacon bits.

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