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29 Salads That Won’t Leave You Hungry

29 Salads That Won’t Leave You Hungry

The word ‘salad’ makes most people moan, imaginations full of the wimpy lettuce leaves, soggy tomatoes and dried out cucumbers that are served in most restaurants today. Or, if you’re someone who thinks you don’t like salads because you buy the pre-bagged kind at the store, it’s time to give salad a new try this spring and summer.

Salads can make for easy and extremely filling meals that can also be made ahead of time or put together in minutes. But, before you go grabbing the iceberg and pre-shredded carrots, give these 29 recipes below a try first. They’re not just packed with flavor for a variety of crowds and eating preferences, but they’re also filling and tasty too!

1. Greek Salad

29 Salads That Won't Leave You Hungry

    Prevention

    With lean protein, healthy fats from olives, and plenty of fiber from fresh vegetables, this Greek Salad is sure to leave you full all throughout the day!

    2. Turkey Avocado Cobb Salad

    29 Salads That Won't Leave You Hungry

      Prevention

      For a simple dish that can be enjoyed for lunch or dinner, try this Turkey Avocado Cobb Salad. It’s a great source of lean protein, fiber, and healthy fats that will keep your hunger levels down but your taste buds happy too!

      3. Cilantro Lime Chicken Salad and Mango Salsa

      29 Salads That Won't Leave You Hungry

        CafeDelites.com

        Tomatoes aren’t the only way to enjoy salsa; mangoes are also a great salsa ingredient and a good source of the vitamin C the body needs for repairing muscles after a hard workout, and improving immunity. Fresh greens and lean protein help round this meal out to provide plenty of fiber and amino acids to stabilize blood sugar levels. Get the recipe at CafeDelites.com

        4. Skinny Chicken and Avocado Chicken Caesar Salad

        29 Salads That Won't Leave You Hungry

          CafeDelites.com

          Most Caesar salads you’ll find are packed with processed fats that are not good options for your heart—or waistline! But this Skinny Chicken and Avocado Chicken Caesar Salad uses real ingredients, healthy fats from the avocado, lean protein, plus fresh veggies you need to manage hunger and nourish your body.

          5. Super Summer Detox Salad

          29 Salads That Won't Leave You Hungry

            Well Plated

            If you’re considering implementing a detox for spring, that’s a great idea. However, you don’t need to starve in order to detox. Cutting processed sugars, most oils, and all forms of conventional animal products can be a simple and effective way to detox. Then add in some clean sources of protein and fresh nutrients like those found in this Super Summer Detox Salad which is full of fiber, protein, real food, and it’s bursting with nutrients to keep you energized and feeling brand new!

            6. Spicy Kale and Quinoa Vegan Salad

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            29 Salads That Won't Leave You Hungry

              The Glowing Fridge

              If you’re a vegan or vegetarian, you’ll love this nutrient-dense salad recipe by The Glowing Fridge that has antioxidant-rich and fiber-rich black beans that are the highest source of protein among all beans. This salad also contains the superfood kale which is a wonderful source of amino acids, iron, and vitamins A and C.

              7. White Peach Salad With Creamy Cashew Carrot-Ginger Dressing

              29 Salads That Won't Leave You Hungry

                Happy Healthy Life

                For a light salad made of all fresh ingredients, this White Peach Salad With Creamy Cashew Carrot-Ginger Dressing is a wonderful option to try! This salad is also vegan and includes protein-rich and iron-rich cashews along with fresh and juicy peaches which are a great source of vitamin C and fiber.

                8. Mashed Chickpea Salad

                29 Salads That Won't Leave You Hungry

                  The Glowing Fridge

                  For a plant-based alternative to tuna or chicken salad, try this Mashed Chickpea Salad instead which, surprisingly, makes a unique option that resembles the taste and texture of chicken or tuna salad. Plus, chickpeas are a great source of vegan protein, fiber, B vitamins, iron, and zinc.

                  9. California Sunset Salad

                  29 Salads That Won't Leave You Hungry

                    Happy Healthy Life

                    For a filling meal that you can enjoy for a small lunch or large dinner, make this California Sunset Salad which features antioxidant-rich black rice (that has more protein than brown rice), heart-healthy avocados, and nutrient-dense kale that also offers some protein and fiber, plus antioxidants. You’ll be full for hours and feel great too!

                    10. Salmon and Spinach Quinoa Salad

                    29 Salads That Won't Leave You Hungry

                      Healthy Recipe Ecstasy

                      Salmon & Spinach Quinoa Salad is packed with veggies, leafy greens, lean protein, omega-3 fatty acids, and complex carbs to keep you full and satiated. For more even protein and fiber, black beans are added which increases the antioxidant content too!

                      11. Chickpea Shawarma Salad

                      29 Salads That Won't Leave You Hungry

                        Minimalist Baker

                        Chickpeas are the star ingredient once again in this Chickpea Shawarma Salad by Minimalist Baker that also includes fresh herbs, greens, and tons of flavor from onion, paprika, garlic, and turmeric. The secret to making this recipe heart-healthy and satisfying is the use of healthy fats from olive oil and hummus!

                        12. Asparagus Salad

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                        29 Salads That Won't Leave You Hungry

                          Homespun Capers

                          Asparagus is a wonderful spring ingredient to use and it’s also an often overlooked source of protein with 5 grams per cup, chopped. This Asparagus Salad also includes plenty more filling protein and fiber from avocado, almonds, beans, and fresh greens. The secret to making this recipe shine? Grilling the asparagus before preparing it!

                          13. Mexican Grilled Salmon Salad With Avocado Yogurt Ranch Dressing

                          29 Salads That Won't Leave You Hungry

                            Cooking Classy

                            Seafood enthusiasts will love this Mexican Grilled Salmon recipe that offers fish as the source of protein plus fresh summer vegetables like corn, tomatoes, and fresh greens. It also uses a Greek yogurt dressing instead of oil-based dressing, but you can opt for a dairy-free yogurt to use if you’re lactose intolerant or avoiding dairy. Either way, this salad is packed with nutrition and will keep you feeling great!

                            14. Spring Superfood Bowl With Blueberry Ginger Dressing

                            29 Salads That Won't Leave You Hungry

                              Spoonful of Flavor

                              Looking to add more superfoods to your diet? This Spring Superfood Bowl With Blueberry Ginger Dressing has you covered! It includes protein and fiber-rich quinoa, mono-unsaturated fats and protein from the avocado; heart-healthy and low-sugar blueberries; chickpeas for protein and fiber; plus, ginger to aid in digestion and give you an extra pep in your step!

                              15. Quick and Easy Black Bean Salad

                              29 Salads That Won't Leave You Hungry

                                The Soulful Spoon

                                For a quick lunch or side at dinner, try this Quick and Easy Black Bean Salad that offers protein, fiber, vitamins, minerals, and lots of flavor from cilantro, lemon, and even a dash of mustard for a spicy kick! Add your favorite greens to make it even more filling and you’re good to go!

                                16. Salmon Salad Power Bowls

                                29 Salads That Won't Leave You Hungry

                                  Cotter Crunch

                                  For another option using heart-healthy salmon, try these Salmon Salad Power Bowls. They include some heart-healthy fat, fiber, lean protein, and a host of flavors to satisfy your taste buds and keep your waistline in check!

                                  17. Shrimp and Avocado Taco Salad

                                  29 Salads That Won't Leave You Hungry

                                    Iowa Girl Eats

                                    This Shrimp and Avocado Taco Salad is much healthier than those you’ll find in a restaurant. Featuring no processed dressings or oil, this salad has healthy fats, fiber, protein, and a variety of vitamins and minerals to nourish your body!

                                    18. Chicken Salad With Potatoes and Arugula

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                                    29 Salads That Won't Leave You Hungry

                                      Health

                                      This nutritious Chicken Salad With Potatoes and Arugula is for those who like clean and simple recipes since it contains some lean, shredded chicken, boiled potatoes, and spicy, nutrient-dense arugula for a boost of greens and flavor. Make this ahead of time on Sunday and use any leftovers throughout the week for easy meals that provide protein, fiber from healthy carbs, and healthy fats.

                                      19. Harvest Cobb Salad

                                      29 Salads That Won't Leave You Hungry

                                        Damn Delicious

                                        Cobb salads are a great option for the summer since they’re filled with fresh ingredients. This Harvest Cobb Salad is a filling option to try since it contains protein, fiber, and healthy fats from pecans along with vitamin C and fiber from fresh greens and fruit.

                                        20. Spring Asparagus Salad

                                        29 Salads That Won't Leave You Hungry

                                          Feasting at Home

                                          Spring Asparagus Salad is filled with fresh ingredients perfect for an outdoor lunch or dinner that’s sure to satisfy every time. Asparagus is not only filling but also packed with fiber and protein. Also featuring feta cheese, couscous, and olives, this vegetarian salad provides lots of flavor and nutrients!

                                          21. Chopped Kale Salad and Creamy Almond Ginger Dressing

                                          29 Salads That Won't Leave You Hungry

                                            Edible Perspective

                                            If you’re looking for simple, satisfying, and healthy, then this recipe for Chopped Kale Salad and Creamy Almond Ginger Dressing is a fantastic option. Filled with some of the most nutrient-dense ingredients available such as avocado, kale, almonds, zucchini, quinoa and chickpeas, it will leave you satisfied for hours!

                                            22. Herb and Rice Salad With Beet Chips

                                            29 Salads That Won't Leave You Hungry

                                              Green Evi

                                              If you’re tired of your regular go-to salad ingredients, you need to try this Herb and Rice Salad With Beet Chips that contains juicy beets, sweet carrots, wholegrain rice, fresh spring herbs, and protein-rich pumpkin seeds! It even includes miso for some healthy probiotics, and it’s filled with flavor from a variety of herbs and spices.

                                              23. Kale Coconut Detox Salad

                                              29 Salads That Won't Leave You Hungry

                                                The Glowing Fridge

                                                Don’t let the name of this recipe fool you! Even though it is known as a detox salad, it’s packed with flavor and filling ingredients. Kale and Coconut Detox Salad contains almonds, edamame, coconut, kale, and a flavorful dressing from real, fresh ingredients. Give it a try for lunch or dinner for something new and different!

                                                24. Avocado and Grilled Chicken Salad With Skinny Chipotle Lime Dressing

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                                                  Cooking Classy

                                                  Here’s a great salad recipe that mixes summertime flavor with a healthy touch! Featuring spicy chipotle spices and creamy avocados paired with lean chicken, you’ll be full and satisfied for hours after making this recipe for Avocado and Grilled Chicken Salad With Skinny Chipotle Lime Dressing!

                                                  25. Butternut Squash and Quinoa Mason Jar Salad

                                                  29 Salads That Won't Leave You Hungry

                                                    Green Evi

                                                    For those that need something filling for a take-alone lunch or a portable dinner option, this Butternut Squash and Quinoa Mason Jar Salad is something you might like to try. Or, if you work at home and have a hard time finding time to make lunch, just prepare a few mason jar salads like this one so you can just grab your meal, add your dressing, shake and enjoy!

                                                    26. Caprese Chicken and Avocado Chopped Salad

                                                    29 Salads That Won't Leave You Hungry

                                                      Cooking Classy

                                                      Basil, tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, honey, and garlic add a pop of flavor to a typical chicken salad recipe in this Caprese Chicken and Avocado Chopped Salad. If you have your chicken made ahead of time, it should come together in minutes which makes it a great option for busy weeknights or dinner parties.

                                                      27. Five Bean Salad With Smoked Paprika Vinaigrette

                                                      29 Salads That Won't Leave You Hungry

                                                        Epicurious

                                                        For a plant-based, flavor-rich salad that fills you up and satisfies your taste buds, this Five Bean Salad With Smoked Paprika Vinaigrette is a great option. Featuring protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals from simple foods, it is also friendly for tight budgets since beans are a cheap source of protein.

                                                        28. Healthy Avocado Tuna Salad

                                                        29 Salads That Won't Leave You Hungry

                                                          Little Broken

                                                          Tuna salad is a classic recipe many people enjoy all year round for a filling option, but it’s usually packed with processed mayo. For a more heart-healthy option that’s made from real food, this Healthy Avocado Tuna Salad makes a great option but also satisfies too. Bonus? This recipe comes with three tasty options for different ways to enjoy it!

                                                          29. Summer Nicoise Salad With Grilled Fish 
                                                          29 Salads That Won't Leave You Hungry

                                                            Feasting at Home

                                                            Halibut is one of the most heart-healthy types of white fish and one of the leanest protein options you can choose, but it’s also one of the most flavorful, making it a true treasure of the sea! Enjoy it whenever you can, and opt for using it in a healthy recipe with fresh vegetables and greens such as this Summer Nicoise Salad With Grilled Fish.

                                                            See, now … salad doesn’t have to be boring, does it? For more tasty and filling options, these summertime salads might interest you too!

                                                            Featured photo credit: Kurman Communications/Flickr via flic.kr

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                                                            Last Updated on January 11, 2021

                                                            11 Hidden Benefits of Using Oil Diffusers

                                                            11 Hidden Benefits of Using Oil Diffusers

                                                            Affordable, relaxing, and healthy, oil diffusers are gaining popularity with people everywhere due to their extensive benefits. Oil diffusers work through the simple process of oil diffusion, which uses heat to turn oil into a vapor that is then spread around a living space. Diffused oil can have several relaxation and health-related benefits, including safe scent-dispersion, mosquito and mold defense, stress relief, and more!

                                                            Read on for 11 hidden benefits of using oil diffusers.

                                                            1. Safe Scents That Make Sense

                                                            Unlike candles or air fresheners, oil diffusers release cleansing molecules into your air that work to purify it, not overload it with unhealthy chemicals. Electronic diffusers also do not pose the fire risk that candles do. Plus, they contain the added feature of interchangeability, which means you change oil types for different scents and health benefits.

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                                                            2. Stress Relief

                                                            Several lab studies have confirmed that diffusing essential oils like lavender have been shown to reduce stress and help relieve anxiety in medical patients. Preliminary studies have also shown that oil diffusers can help alleviate symptoms of depression.

                                                            3. Improved Sleep

                                                            Diffused oil has relaxing properties that can help people of all ages fall asleep quicker and sleep more soundly. Electronic diffusers not only have the option to mix and match different oil blends (Try a lavender, Bulgarian rose, and Roman chamomile blend to help with insomnia), they also run at a gentle hum that helps relax an agitated mind. Many also come with an auto shut-off feature to help conserve oils once you have fallen asleep.

                                                            4. Appetite Control

                                                            Much like gum, oil diffusers can help stimulate the senses in a way that works to curb appetite. New research has shown that diffused peppermint oil can help curb appetite by inducing a satiety response within the body. Diffused peppermint oil has also been shown to increase energy.

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                                                            5. Bacteria and Mold Killing

                                                            When essential oils are diffused in the air, they break down free radicals that contribute to the growth of harmful bacteria. Eucalyptus, thyme, and tea tree oils are especially good for this purpose. Diffused oil is also highly effective when it comes to combating fungal yeast threats, as the oil help makes the air inhospitable for yeasts such as mold. Pine and red thyme essential oils are best for combating mold.

                                                            6. Decongestion and Mucus Control

                                                            Ever tried Vick’s Vapo-Rub? Its decongesting powers come from active ingredients made from the eucalyptus tree. In principle, oil diffusers work the same way as Vapo-Rub, except they diffuse their decongesting vapor all around the room, not just on your chest or neck. Oil diffusers have been known to cure pneumonia in lab mice.

                                                            7. Mosquito Repellant

                                                            Nobody likes mosquitoes — but when the trade-off means using repellants full of DEET, a toxic chemical that can be especially harmful to children, mosquito control can often seem like a lose-lose. However, scientists have shown that oil diffusers can be used as a safe and highly effective mosquito repellant. Studies have shown that a diffused oil mixture containing clove essential oil and lemongrass essential oil repelled one type of Zika-carrying mosquito, the Aedes aegypti mosquito, at a rate of 100%.

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                                                            8. Pain Relief

                                                            While applying oils directly to areas of your body may be the most effective way to alleviate pain, diffusing essential oils can also be an effective means of pain relief. When we inhale healthy essential oils, they enter our blood stream and can help internally relieve persistent pain from headaches, overworked muscles, and sore joints.

                                                            9. The New Anti-Viral

                                                            Research into the anti-viral effects of oil diffusion is now just gaining steam. A recent study showed that star anise essential oil was proven in medical experiments to destroy the herpes simplex virus in contained areas at a rate of 99%. Another study showed the popular DoTerra oil blend OnGuard to have highly-effective influenza-combating powers.

                                                            10. Improved Cognitive Function

                                                            Diffusing essential oils has also been shown to improve cognitive function. Many essential oils have adaptogenic qualities, which can work twofold in soothing us when we’re stressed, and giving our bodies a pick-me-up when we’re feeling down or sluggish. By working to level out an imbalanced mood, diffused oils also help us to focus. There are also several essential oils which have been shown to help balance the body’s hormones. With prolonged use, these oils can work to repair the underlying causes responsible for hindering cognitive function.

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                                                            11. Money Saving

                                                            With ten clear benefits of oil diffusers already outlined, there is one more that should now be obvious: using an oil diffuser will help you to save money. As an anti-viral, bug repelling, and stress-relief solution rolled into one safe product, an oil diffuser used with the proper oils will save you money on products you might otherwise be buying to help cure those pesky headaches or get your kids to fall asleep on time. If you’re wondering just how affordable oil diffusers can be, check the buyer’s guide to the best oil diffusers — you’ll be sure to find one that fits your budget!

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