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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 December 9, 2019

                                                            5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

                                                            5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

                                                            Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

                                                            Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

                                                            Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

                                                            1. Get Rationally Optimistic

                                                            Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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                                                            This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

                                                            In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

                                                            The result: no more mental stress.

                                                            2. Unplug

                                                            Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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                                                            How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

                                                            It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

                                                            Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

                                                            3. Easy on the Caffeine

                                                            Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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                                                            Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

                                                            4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

                                                            That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

                                                            How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

                                                            • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
                                                            • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
                                                            • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

                                                            While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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                                                            5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

                                                            This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

                                                            The result: mental stress will be gone!

                                                            So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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