Main Dish Salad Recipes

There is noting better than a nice cool salad on a hot evening. As we approach summer and temperatures begin to rise it becomes, for some people, harder to plan and prepare well balanced, healthy meals. Some evenings you feel too hot and sweaty to even think about eating. Imagine sitting down to a nice, cool, crisp, healthy salad. As I said, there's noting better.

You will find a number of delicious, filling , good for you salads that are perfect to prepare for a hot summer eveing. So look through, pick out your favorite and try it. You won't be sorry.

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Mediterrranean Tortellini Salad

Ingredients:

1/2 (9oz) pkg refrigerated rainbow three-cheese tortellini

1 quart water

1/4 lb asparagus spears, trimmed

1/2 cup bottled roasted red bell peppers, cut into 1" pieces

1 tsp minced jalapeño peppers

1/4 cup feta cheese

6 drained canned quartered artichoke hearts

10 grape tomatoes

10 pitted jumbo balck olives

2 thin slices prosciutto cut into strips

3-4 tbsp light oilive oil vinaigrette

Directions:

Cook tortellini for 6 minutes.

Add asparagus to boiling water and boil for 1 minute.

Drain and rinse with cool water until cooled.

Combine roasted red bell peppers with jalapeno peppers, feta cheese, artichoke hearts, tomatoes, black olives, prosciutto, and vinaigrette in a large bowl.

Add tortellini and asparagus and toss gently.

Note: This recipe makes 3 servings. Each servings contain 29 carbs. This is a delicious satifying main dish salad.

 

Steak and Spinach Salad

Ingredients:

2 cups pre-wahed baby spinach leaves

4 oz beef sirloin, cut in strips

1 tsp extra virgin olive oil

1/2 medium sized avocado, cut in slices

low fat ranch dressing

Directions:

Place spinach in large salad bowl.

Heat olive oil in skillet and saute sirloin to desired doneness.

Add steak slices to spinach.

Add avocado slices and drizzle with dressing.

Note: This recipe makes 1 serving and contains 6.1 grams of carbohydrates. Delicious filling main dish.

Grilled Shrimp Avocado Salad

Ingredients:

1 lb peeled and deveined large shrimp

1 tsp chili powder

2 ears of corn

olive oil cooking spray

1 bag of pre-cut salad greens

1 lb grape tomatoes

1/2 of an avocado, diced

Dressing:

1/4 cup fresh lime juice

1 tbsp olive oil

1 tbs[ honey

1/2 tsp salt substitute

1/4 tsp fresh ground pepper

1/2 tsp cumin

Directions:

Sprinkle shrimp with chili powder.

Place corn on grill coated with olive oil cooking spray.

Grill for 12 minutes, occasionally turning.

Add shrimp and grill for 3 minutes on each side.

Cut corn form cobs.

Combine shrimp, corn, lettuce, tomatoes and avocado in a large bowl.

Whisk together lime juice, olive oil, honey, salt substitute, black pepper and cumin.

Drizzle over salad and toss gently

Note: This recipe serves 4. It contain 24 grams of carbohydrates and is deliciously filling.

Items to Use to Dress Up Your salad

  • Salsa - toss some chunky salsa into your salad to add extra spice and zip
  • Meat - adding chicken, beef, turkey, pork or lamb to your salad add protein and make your salad super filling.
  • Whole grains - adding whole grain coucous, barley, or quinoa adds exta protein to your salad.
  • Artichokes - they are antioxidant-rich and add fiber to your salad.
  • Fruit - addingorange slices, apple slices, grapes, blueberries, pineapple or strawberries adds a special touch to any salad.
  • hard boiled eggs
  • Crumbled blue cheese or any low-fat cheese
  • walnuts or almonds

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Peggy W 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

Wow! These sound terrific. Will bookmark them. Thanks!


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States

Everything looks delicious and perfect to serve if you invited friends over for lunch or just for your family. Thanks for the recipes.


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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

More delicious recipes to bookmark.

Thank you for sharing and take care.

Eiddwen.


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poorconservative1 5 years ago

That steak and spinach salad sounds awesome...damn now I'm hungry again.

Thanks

Chuck


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poorconservative1 5 years ago

I almost forgot to tell you...Up and delicious. OK, OK there is no Delicious click. So Up and Awesome.


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Rhonda Waits 5 years ago from The Emerald Coast

I love salads they are my favorite. Anyway you make them their great. Your hub was awesome. Headed to the kitchen now..to make a salad. Voted up.

Sweet wishes Rhonda


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

Peggy, they are delicious. Please let me know how they turn out for you.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

Pamela, believe it or not I tried them on my students and they loved them.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

Thanks Eiddwen. I hope you like them.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

Chuck, the steak and spinach is actually my favorite. They're all great but that one has something special about it. Thanks for the rating. - maybe they should add a delicious rating.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

Rhonda, I love salads too, especially ones that are hearty. These fill you up without filling you out if you now what I mean.


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Genna East 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

I love, love, love salads and am always looking for new and healthy recipes. Thank you!! Up and awesome.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

So do I Genna. These not only taste good but they fill you up.


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quildon 5 years ago from Florida

I'm smacking my lips and bookmarking this page. Terrific!


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Sally's Trove 5 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

That tortellini salad looks like a real winner! I love a main dish salad, and this one looks so easy and tasty. Think I'll put it over a bed of fresh greens.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

quildon, I'm sure you're gonna love them.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

Sally, it is easy and delicious. Let me know how you like it.


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

I liked your salad recipes....hmmm, so Yummy. It sound healthy salad. No one better than vegetables. Thanks for share with us. Rated up!

Prasetio,


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

Prasetio, try them you'll like them. It is true, there's nothing better than vegetables.


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SUSIE DUZY 5 years ago from Delray Beach, Florida

Thanks, I love new recipes.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

Your welcome Susie. I hope you enjoy them.


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Om Paramapoonya 5 years ago

Yum! They all sound delicious and healthy. Maybe I'll have Mediterrranean tortellini salad for dinner some time next week. I like all the nutritious ingredients in it, especially the asparagus and artichoke. Rated awesome. :)


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

Thanks Om. I think you'll like the Mediterranean Tortellini Salad. It is really good. I made it for a pot luck and it went so fast I didn't get any. Let me know how you like it.


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toknowinfo 5 years ago

Yumm! I love salads, love these recipes, and love this hub. (and I loved the pictures too).


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

toknowinfo, thanks. Salads are great, they are so versatile, you can put anything in them.


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Romano Arnesto 5 years ago from Philippines

Looks enticing. Thanks for sharing such recipes. I like Mediterranean salad!


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

Romano, you will love the Mediterranean soup. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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