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8 Salads That Make Quick (and Satisfying) Meals

Quit thinking of salad as a side: These eight easy-to-make options are hearty-and healthy-enough to serve as meals by themselves.

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Jamaican Jerked Chicken Salad

Assemble this dish just before serving: An enzyme in kiwi will break down the protein in chicken if it sits too long. So enjoy this spicy and refreshing dinner salad while the chicken is still warm.

Get the recipe for Jamaican jerked chicken salad.

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Seared Sea Scallops and Grapefruit Salad

Peppery arugula and tart grapefruit are bright counterpoints to sweet seared sea scallops and salad greens, all in a tangy mustard vinaigrette. Have this feast-for-the-taste buds on the table in under 30 minutes!

Get the recipe for seared sea scallops and grapefruit salad.

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Tarragon Chicken Salad

A light dressing made with tahini, lemon, and tarragon gives this chicken breast fillet salad plenty of flavour. Baby spinach and orange segments add freshness, and almonds contribute an appealing crunch.

Get the recipe for tarragon chicken salad.

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Grilled Fresh Tuna Salad Niçoise

In the classic version of this French salad, vegetables are arranged on separate plate. But here, they’re tossed together in a lemon vinaigrette. Thick, fresh tuna steaks are cooked to medium-rare, sliced, and placed on top of the tossed salad.

Get the recipe for grilled fresh tuna salad niçoise.

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Shellfish Salad With Herbed Lemon Dressing

Using some of the shellfish cooking liquid to make the salad dressing enriches the flavour.

Get the recipe for shellfish salad with herbed lemon dressing.

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Fusilli Salad With Ham and Lima Beans

This hearty salad features pesto made of walnuts and peppery watercress, leaving a savoury twist on the classic basil-pine nut version

Get the recipe for fusilli salad with ham and lima beans.

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Bulgur Wheat and Shrimp Salad

A coarsely ground wheat grain, bulgur is quick to prepare and makes an ideal pantry standby to use in hot and cold dishes. This nutty-textured, colourful salad is lovely to look at and full of flavourful goodness.

Get the recipe for bulgur wheat and shrimp salad.

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Thai Beef Salad

Lean steak marinated in soy, garlic and lime juice lends an Asian take to this pretty salad. Basil, cilantro, and mint add a heady fragrance and red chiles, a spicy kick.

Get the recipe for Thai beef salad.