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Main Dish Salad Recipes

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Caramelized onion and sirloin steak seasoned with a cinnamon rub make this main dish salad different from typical versions. It’s easy to toss together with a packaged greens, blue cheese, dried cranberries and store-bought vinaigrette.
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Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad

Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad

Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad

Whenever we're invited to potlucks, I'm always asked to bring a salad because people know it's one of my specialties. This dish is especially good on summer days when it's too hot to cook on the stove. -Deb Weisberger Mullett Lake, Michigan

Black Bean Taco Salad

Black Bean Taco Salad

Black Bean Taco Salad

After assembling this mild main-dish aside the remaining canned beans to add to other salads later in the the week.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin

Springtime Luncheon Salad

Springtime Luncheon Salad

Springtime Luncheon Salad

I discovered this recipe when I was looking for meals to serve on warm days. Chicken salad nestled in a molden gelatin ring makes this a perfect light luncheon. Even my son likes it...and he's the pickiest eater on the planet! -Julie Dillion, Boise, Idaho
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Taco Salad for a Large Crowd

Taco Salad for a Large Crowd

Taco Salad for a Large Crowd

I made this huge taco salad to bring to a party and people were scrambling to figure out who made it. Needless to say I only brought home an empty bowl and the guests went home with a full stomach! Everyone loves this taco salad recipe. —Lisa Homer, Avon, New York

Spinach Tortellini Salad

Spinach Tortellini Salad

Spinach Tortellini Salad

Pretty and packed with nutrition, this fresh-tasting salad makes a company-special light meal or side dish! “I also add diced purple onion and red bell pepper…or substitute diced cooked chicken and bow-tie pasta for the tortellini.” Emily Hanson - Logan, Utah

Cold Shrimp Pasta Salad

Cold Shrimp Pasta Salad

Cold Shrimp Pasta Salad

"This salad combines two of my favorite foods: pasta and shrimp. It 's a perfect side for a grilled steak but goes just as well with hamburgers and hot dogs. I've made this many times over the years." —Traci K Wynne, Denver, Pennsylvania

Turkey Pasta Salad

Turkey Pasta Salad

Turkey Pasta Salad

This is a dish I almost always make when I have leftover turkey. It's inexpensive, delicious and easy to prepare. Plus, my family loves it!

BLT Turkey Salad

BLT Turkey Salad

BLT Turkey Salad

This variation of a BLT salad goes great with a side of garlic bread or garlic toast, and will satisfy even the pickiest eaters. —Sherry Conley, Noel Hants County, Nova Scotia

Kidney Bean Tuna Salad

Kidney Bean Tuna Salad

Kidney Bean Tuna Salad

This light, nutritious entree salad for two comes from Sandra Fisher of Kent, Washington. It's especially pretty served on a lettuce-lined plate for a special luncheon.

Pasta Crab Salad

Pasta Crab Salad

Pasta Crab Salad

"When it comes to cooking, I believe the simpler the better," writes Holland, Michigan's Carol Blauw. "A few years ago, a co-worker told me about this colorful, tasty and, most importantly, easy-to-prepare salad," she says. "It has been a favorite at our house ever since."

Soba Noodles with Ginger-Sesame Dressing

Soba Noodles with Ginger-Sesame Dressing

Soba Noodles with Ginger-Sesame Dressing

We love it when opposites attract. A sweet-and-sour gingery dressing goes hand in hand with soft soba noodles, edamame and crunchy slaw. Add grilled shrimp or chicken for a protein-packed finish. —Mandy Rivers, Lexington, South Carolina
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