15 salad ideas for dinner
Discover delicious, flavourful salads for midweek dinners, from filling pasta and noodle salads, to zesty bowls studded with fruit and nuts
Sometimes you’re just not in the mood to spend hours slaving away over a hot stove or use the oven. These wonderful salad recipes are fresh and flavourful while saving you time and energy, as they involve little to no cooking. These vibrant sharing dishes allow you to be creative with just a few simple ingredients. Combine fresh fruit and veg with nuts, seeds, cheese or meat for a mouthwatering medley of colour, flavour and texture.
Enjoy this no-cook chicken noodle salad with mango for a quick and nutritious supper. It uses leftover chicken, so it's perfect for the day after a Sunday roast. The gorgeous colours and different textures make it interesting to eat.
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Throw this easy, no-cook lentil and tuna salad together quickly for a healthy lunch or supper. It takes just 15 minutes to make – ideal for busy days.
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Try this no-fuss midweek meal that's high in protein and big on flavour. Marinate chicken breasts, then drizzle with a punchy peanut satay sauce. It’s also low in calories and fat.
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Showcase quinoa in this wonderful healthy salad featuring greens, avocado, feta and raisins. Rather than a grain, quinoa is a seed, and an excellent source of protein.
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This substantial salad features a delicious mix of cannellini, kidney and green beans, all of which are great sources of fibre. It's ideal for a summer picnic. Leftovers can be kept chilled for up to three days to be used as a side dish for other meals.
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Looking for a quick, nutritious dish for busy days? Try our speedy, easy miso steak with a noodle and veg salad – it's healthy, low in calories, high in fibre and tastes great.
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With quinoa, asparagus, eggs, beetroot, beans and courgettes, this filling veggie salad packs in all five of your five-a-day. It's low in calories and high in fibre, and can be chilled for up to two days – great for popping into packed lunches.
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Enjoy this salad as an excellent dinner for two or light lunch. Samphire sings when paired with crab and this zesty dressing. One way to elevate this salad is to make the sourdough croutons from scratch using our delicious white sourdough recipe.
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This pesto pasta salad is simple to make in only two steps, and is bound to be a family favourite. Customise by adding your kids’ favourite vegetables.
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This fresh and zingy feta, pistachio and clementine salad is perfect for the lead-up to Christmas. It is vegetarian and gluten-free, and can be whipped up in two steps.
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Make the most of the colour and flavour of beetroot with our easy roasted cod served on a beetroot, new potato and carrot salad with a lovely, zingy dressing. The addition of cod means that the salad is high in protein while still being low in calories and fat.
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Make a special dinner for two with this duck and watermelon noodle salad. Hot, cold, sweet, salty, soft, crunchy and sticky – this salad has it all.
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Whip up an easy vegan salad in 15 minutes with no cooking necessary. It has a bit of everything for everyone, with delicious crunchy radish, pickled cabbage, couscous and beans.
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14. BLT panzanella
Combine the elements of a BLT – salty bacon, crisp lettuce and sweet tomatoes – with golden croutons and a vinegary dressing for a twist on a panzanella.
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Showcase nectarines when they're at their best in this stunning salad. With crunchy candied pecans and creamy burrata, it's full of texture.
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