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.


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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!