When you're craving lighter options for dinner, give some thought to a main dish salad. Made with the right combination of ingredients and a perfectly paired dressing, a salad can be a deliciously satisfying alternative to a conventional three-course meal.

Chopped Salad With Roasted Root Vegetables and Bacon

Satisfying Main Dish Salads

Chopped Salad with Roasted Root Vegetables and Bacon

This hearty, main dish salad is full of healthy ingredients like fresh spinach, romaine lettuce, apple, bacon, roasted root vegetables, candied walnuts and blue cheese.

Glazed Salmon and Kale Salad with Creamy Citrus Dressing

This colorful oven-roasted salmon and kale salad is loaded with healthy ingredients, easy to prepare and makes a satisfying dinner or hearty lunch.

Garden Salad with Chicken and Creamy Herb Dressing

This light and healthful dinner salad is topped with pan-seared chicken tenderloins, homemade garlic croutons and a creamy buttermilk dressing flavored with lemon, garlic, basil and parsley.

Classic Greek Salad with Shrimp

This classic Greek salad topped with pan-seared shrimp makes a healthy, delicious dinner that's ready in less than 30 minutes.

Warm Steak and Potato Salad

This tasty combination of grilled sirloin, baby potatoes, cherry tomatoes and mushrooms is served over mixed greens to make a hearty main dish salad.

Taco Salad with Avocado Dressing

Made with taco-style spices, ground beef and a creamy avocado dressing, this tasty taco salad is a hearty one-dish meal.

Grilled Turkey Salad with Low-Fat Avocado Dressing

This healthy main dish salad recipe features tender, juicy slices of grilled turkey, toasted garlic croutons and a creamy, low-fat avocado dressing.

Shrimp Cocktail Salad

A satisfying main dish salad made with sautéed shrimp, romaine lettuce, ripe tomatoes, sweet onion, avocado and a light, creamy version of a classic cocktail sauce for dressing.