16 Salads That Will Actually Fill You Up March 24, 2017

by Minna Our Recipes

A wise, doughnut loving man once said: “You don’t make friends with salad”. Well, he’d obviously never tried these guys. Not only will they actually fill you up, but they’re bound to impress even the fussiest of dinner guests. 

When we say these salads will actually fill you up, we mean it. Every single one of these flavorsome delights is guaranteed to satisfy. Onwards, with the tastiness!

Chipotle-Rubbed Chicken Salad with Pico de Gallo & Avocado

This upgraded burrito bowl will have you ditching your favourite Mexican takeout—we promise! Smoky chipotle chili powder and lime zest team up for an intensely flavourful coating on lightly charred chicken. Oregano-scented black beans and homemade pico de gallo are what truly sets this dinner apart.


Roasted Brussels Sprout and Barley Salad with Goat Cheese, Cranberries and Pepitas

Brussels sprouts are the “it” vegetable of the season—and for good reason! They become nutty and caramelized after a quick roast in the oven. Tossed over a barley salad with crunchy pepitas, sweet cranberries, and tangy goat cheese, this is one salad that is guaranteed to satisfy all your cravings.

Warm Shrimp and Farro Salad with Green Beans, Sweet Bell Pepper & Shallot Citronette

Farro is an ideal base for any grain bowl—it’s not only nutritious, but nutty and delightfully chewy to boot! Tossed together with juicy shrimp, crispy-tender green beans and caramelized bell pepper, this salad is one of our all-time favourites. Lemony shallot citronette is a great staple dressing to keep in your back pocket!


Mediterranean Chicken Salad with Green Beans and Black Olive-Sherry Vinaigrette

Aged sherry vinegar is full of nutty, complex intensity. Whisked into a garlicky black olive vinaigrette, it gives this salad both elegance and depth. Little nuggets of beans contrast crisp green beans for textural intrigue, while bright parsley and briny olives add pops of flavour!

Spanish Steak Salad with Roasted Red Peppers and Rosemary-Garlic Vinaigrette

Oven-roasting takes garlic from bold and pungent to sweet and mellow. Here, garlic and rosemary are roasted together to create the base for an unbeatable vinaigrette. Drizzled over sliced steak, roasted red peppers, and tangy goat cheese, salads don’t get much better than this.

Cuban Confetti Salad with Kidney Beans and Feta

This warm salad infused with the vibrancy of Cuba is sure to have tummies rumbling. We’ve taken all that is edible about Cuba and presented it to you on a platter, in an explosion of confetti-like colour and flavour sure to thrill. Buen provecho!

Sonoma Chicken Salad with Pecans, Grapes, and Garlic Croutons

The key to a great chicken salad is balance. Our Sonoma chicken salad uses grapes for sweetness, pecans and celery for crunch, and a creamy chive dressing to bring it all together. The best part? Hands down, it’s those homemade croutons. Think miniature garlic bread. Oh yes.

Crispy Sunchoke & Quinoa Salad with Purple Kale, Dried Cherries, and Mint

Sunchokes, also known as Jerusalem artichokes, are a nutty, slightly sweet tuber that comes from the root of wild sunflowers. When thinly sliced and roasted, they become delightfully crispy. We’re upping your kale salad game even further with gorgeous gem-hued purple kale!

Crispy Chickpea and Roasted Cauliflower Salad with Quinoa and Roasted Garlic Vinaigrette

Think you know cauliflower? Think again. Roasting cauliflower is the ultimate way to prepare this seasonal veggie—you’ll be amazed by the nutty flavour that develops. Our Moroccan-inspired spice blend adds additional warmth and spice to this incredibly hearty winter salad.

Warm Barley Salad with Butter Beans, Avocado, and Burst Tomatoes

We love a good grain salad – it’s all about the mix-ins! Here, we’re tossing together creamy butter beans, silky avocado, and burst tomatoes for a mixture of colours and textures. Torn basil adds a touch of lemony freshness to the dish.

Roasted Beet and Lentil Salad with Feta Cheese and Walnuts

Roasting transforms beets from crunchy to sweet and tender! It normally takes about one hour to roast beets, so we’re saving you time by pre-roasting them for you. Tossed together with roasted potatoes and onions, crunchy walnuts and lentils, this hearty recipe simply can’t be beet!

Charred Corn & Rainbow Trout Salad with Peaches, Feta and Spiced Honey Vinaigrette

Charring corn and peaches stovetop is a great trick for creating a grilled flavour indoors! The sweet and earthy combination of honey, balsamic and our spice blend is sure to – ahem – spice up your life! (Or at least, your dinner.)

Lebanese Chicken Salad with Bulgur and Tzatziki Dressing

Bulgur wheat is a nutritious Middle Eastern grain we can’t get enough of. It’s tender, slightly chewy, and adds a hearty consistency to this chicken salad. Oh, and did we tell you how much we love the tzatziki dressing?

Roasted Squash and Apple Salad with Arugula, Goat Cheese and Ginger-Vinaigrette

Get your fill of veggies with this hearty squash and apple salad! A ginger-spiked dressing and a touch of chili adds warmth to this winter salad.

Mediterranean Couscous and Lentil Salad with Tahini Lemon Dressing

Israeli couscous (also called ‘pearl couscous’) really doesn’t get enough love. This Mediterranean-inspired salad with tahini-lemon dressing gives the humble couscous a makeover, and we think you’re going to love the new look.

Charred Veggie Salad with Lentils and Grilled Halloumi

Halloumi is the traditional cheese used in Mediterranean countries! We love it because it has a very high melting point – which makes it ideal for pan-frying or grilling. And you’ll love it for its squeaky texture!


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