11 Healthy, Protein-Packed Salads That Are Filling Enough For Dinner

As we find ourselves several weeks into the New Year, “2015” is starting to sound a little less strange, we’re no longer incessantly scribbling down/crossing out the incorrect date, and we’re doing what we can to stay toasty. Part of this larger adjustment involves transitioning from the ever-indulgent holiday season, replacing brazen cookie binges with clean eating habits. With the right hearty ingredients (winter happens to be full of them), a salad can serve as a satisfying meal, and an excellent vehicle to deliver your protein. With a little help from the season’s offerings, we’ve gathered 11 glorious salads that have the makings for a main course.

Sweet Potato and Quinoa Salad with Soft-Boiled Eggs

This hearty winter mix would be perfectly filling and delicious without the addition of soft-boiled eggs, but those runny yolks make it positively swoon-worthy. (Recipe and photo: Naturally Ella)

Sweet Potato and Quinoa Salad with Soft-Boiled Eggs

Chicken Nicoise Pasta Salad

Heidi’s take on a nicoise is simple, substantial, and full of fresh, crunchy veggies. With balanced portions of fettuccine and cooked chicken, this beautifully assembled dish is a great alternative to heavier pasta dinners. (Recipe and photo: Foodie Crush)

Chicken Nicoise Pasta Salad

Warm Steak and Farro Salad with Roasted Beets, Onions and Chickpeas

Juicy strips of perfectly seared rib-eye sit atop a bed of nutty, whole grain farro with an array of spices and seasonings in a hearty, balanced meal that caters to your inner carnivore. (Recipe and photo: TasteFood via NoshOn.It)

Warm Steak and Farro Salad with Roasted Beets, Onions and Chickpeas

Quinoa and Lentil Salad with Butternut Squash

French lentils and quinoa team up in a protein powerhouse of a salad. Juicy, ruby red pomegranate seeds add a refreshing element, completing a colorful, nourishing plate that will brighten up the greyest of winter days. (Recipe and photo: Yummy Mummy Kitchen)

Quinoa and Lentil Salad with Butternut Squash

Winter Kale Salad with Kombucha Vinaigrette

Hearty kale, roasted roots, and crunchy granny smith apple (along with other wintery ingredients) join forces in a delicious seasonal salad. What makes this recipe extra special is its probiotic dressing, which packs a punch of flavor and passes on many detoxifying benefits. (Recipe and photo: iQ Food Co via NoshOn.It)

Winter Kale Salad with Kombucha Vinaigrette

Smoked Paprika Chicken Cobb Salad

In a healthified twist on a restaurant classic, you can experience the bold and smoky flavors of a cobb salad, sans the bacon and heavy blue cheese dressing. The result will fill you up without weighing you down. (Recipe and photo: Meaningful Eats via NoshOn.It)

Smoked Paprika Chicken Cobb Salad

Greek Farro and Chickpea Salad

With a composition reminiscent of a falafel wrap (including a tzatziki-esque herbed yogurt dressing), this medley will hit your tastebuds with bright flavors and leave you feeling satisfied. (Recipe and photo: Cookie and Kate)

Greek Farro and Chickpea Salad

Quinoa, Beet and Blood Orange Salad

Celebrate citrus season with a colorful dish packed with nutrients and vibrant flavors. Chickpeas and quinoa mingle with roasted golden beets, blood orange, and pomegranate seeds – some of winter’s finest gifts. (Recipe and photo: Little Ferraro Kitchen)

Quinoa, Beet and Blood Orange Salad

Asian Ginger Miso Salmon Salad

Far from a side salad, salmon takes center stage here with the assistance of an asian-inspired marinade, a citrussy dressing and a handful of compatible vegetables. This fabulous fish is full of omega-3s, which can contribute to happiness (salmon can also aid in a good night’s sleep). (Recipe and photo: We Are Not Martha)

Asian Ginger Miso Salmon Salad

Sriracha Kale Caesar Salad

Gina’s use of tuscan kale as a base green introduces protein, making for a more nutritious caesar, while sriracha kicks up the heat. Adding chicken is always an option. (Recipe and photo: Running to the Kitchen)

Sriracha Kale Caesar Salad

Curried Quinoa and Asparagus Salad

In a spontaneous clean-out-the-fridge frenzie turned unique creation, fluffy quinoa, tender asparagus, and julienned carrots come together beneath a curry vinaigrette. This salad is on the more durable side, so tonight’s dinner can serve as tomorrow’s lunch. (Recipe and photo: The Clever Carrot via NoshOn.It)

Curried Quinoa and Asparagus Salad