Main meal salads are like a one-pot meal without the bake time – they're quick, satisfying, easy to prepare and packed with all the nutrients you'll need to get you through the rest of your day. The major difference between a light or side salad versus a main meal salad comes down to the amount of protein.
When gathering ingredients for a main meal salad recipe, build it as you would a regular lunch or dinner. Select your favorite dark leafy greens such as spinach, kale or escarole; four to six ounces of lean protein like salmon, chicken breast, tuna or quinoa; lots of colorful fresh vegetables and healthy fats found in nuts and seeds. Whole grains such as barley or brown rice can also be added, as well as dried or fresh fruits.
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