Salad: It’s What’s for Dinner Tonight



I’m all too familiar with the last-minute, there’s-nothing-to-eat-in-my-fridge dilemma. Maybe I haven’t been grocery shopping, or I’m sick of eating the leftover soup I made a few days ago. Either way, I continue to open the fridge expecting a miraculous discovery of new, fresh ingredients for dinner.

I, however, often overlook items because I don’t consider certain dishes to be substantial enough for a full meal. One being; salads. I will toss greens and tomatoes (items I usually have on-hand) together for a quick side dish, but I rarely see them as dinner. Until now. I’ve only added some hearty vegetables, eggs, or grains, and I’ve got dinner.

I have chosen a few favorite salads that are surprisingly filling and may just save you the next time you ask, “what’s for dinner?”

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Roasted Beet and Blood Orange Salad: This is the best way to use all that fresh spring citrus. And just look at those colors.


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Shaved Brussel Sprout Salad: Brussel sprouts? Bacon? Egg? What more could you ask for? This unexpected salad is perfect for any time of day.

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Family Style Salad: Feel free to have fun with this salad and toss any greens and veggies together. The mustard dressing really brings everything together.

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Middle Eastern Inspired Black Rice Salad: Your salad doesn’t always need to start with greens. This wild rice salad has great texture and the warm tahini dressing is perfect for a chilly, rainy night.

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Winter Salad with Ginger Miso Dressing: This rich miso dressing makes this salad feel like a main course.


Eat Boutique is an award-winning shop and story-driven recipe site created by Maggie Battista. After hosting pop-up markets for 25,000+ guests, Maggie is now focused on opening her first permanent Eat Boutique​–​a food​-​retail concept space ​with a new way to the very best food. Her second cookbook, A New Way to Food: Recipes That Revamped My Pantry & Made Me Love Me, At Last, will be published by Roost Books/Penguin Random House in 2019. Her first cookbook, Food Gift Love, features more than 100 food gift recipes to make, wrap, and share and is available wherever you find favorite cookbooks.

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  • Loveleaf Co.

    I’m totally into this Middle Eastern black rice salad. Adding whole grains is one of my favorite ways to turn a salad into a meal. Thanks for sharing. xx – Ally

    • Kate H. Knapp

      We’re so happy to hear that, Ally. Aren’t grains just the best? We love them in salads for dinner, as well. Thanks for the note. Happy cooking!