Here are 9 of the best ever clean eating main dish salad recipes. I have so many different salad recipes all with some kind of meat to make a full meal.I eat a lot of salads. Eating a lot of Clean Eating main dish salads is one of the tricks that helped me lose over 50 pounds.
In order to lose weight eating large salads, you need to focus on Clean Eating salad recipes that are high in protein and don’t include dressing that is store bought or full of unhealthy fat.
When I say high in protein, I mean that there is a good amount of protein in the salad and you just have some other stuff there to make it taste good.
I also like to focus on Clean Eating natural dressing recipes that are simple to make myself. The store bought bottles of dressing are expensive and have a lot of ingredients I can’t eat and no one should eat and that are not clean. One of the things I like about main dish salads is that they are easy to make and you can make a little or a lot.
Please comment below if your mouth is watering after looking at these. Remember – if a recipe isn’t exactly what you are looking for you can always add something to it or take something out to make it the way you want it. That’s the beauty of a salad, it’s real easy to delete and substitute ingredients.
I have a lot of other recipes I think you would like, I think you would especially like my The 50 Best Clean Eating Dinner Recipes (Main Dishes) and these very popular recipes on Pinterest The 48 Best Clean Eating Recipes Pinned Over 50,000 Times on Pinterest.
9 of the Best Ever Clean Eating Main Dish Salad Recipes
1. Sizzling Cilantro Lime Fajita Salad – Clean Eating Recipes
Limes – Cilantro – Chicken Breasts – Onion – Yellow Bell Pepper – Romaine – Avocado – Tomatoes
This is a basic salad with marinated chicken and vinaigrette dressing. But it is no ordinary salad because of the marinade and the dressing. The marinade and vinaigrette are easy to make with only a little clean up. You can use the same blender to make the marinade and dressing and there is no need to wash it in between because the flavors are complimentary. What makes this salad is the dressing. It’s so good you may want to drink it straight up.
2. Healthy Clean Eating Artichoke & Asparagus Chicken Salad – My Natural Family
Chicken Breasts – Asparagus – Artichoke Hearts – Spinach – Paleo Mayo – Lemon Juice – Orange Juice – Orange Slices
This is a good example of a salad for a main dish that will fill you up and maybe even help you lose weight. I love main dish salads because I don’t have to make anything else. Just the salad and it’s a full meal. So easy. I especially the the asparagus and artichoke. After eating this you may even become a believe in asparagus an artichoke hearts.
3. Oriental Chicken Salad Recipe – My Natural Family
Chicken Breasts – Romaine – Bell Pepper – Carrots – Cabbage – Mandarin Oranges – Green Onions – Almonds – Homemade Mayo
This is a really good standby when you need a good easy and light meal. It would be great for lunch or dinner. It can be made for twenty people or just one. I made the dressing with sesame oil to give it a little Asian flair plus some extra flavor. You are supposed to use fresh mandarin oranges or you could use Halo oranges. I have used canned mandarin oranges, they aren’t technically clean because they have a little added sugar. I just drain the juice off and rinse the oranges and hope that I get rid of most of the sugar.
4. Southwest Cobb Salad with Smokey Chili Lime Dressing – My Natural Family
This salad looks complicated but it really isn’t. I like to make the dressing ahead of time meaning when I make it I make a large batch and save the rest in the refrigerator for later. You can skip the marinating if you want to, you don’t have to, I just think it makes the chicken taste better. You know they say you should eat the rainbow to get a balanced meal. Well, this is definitely a rainbow meal.
5. Healthy Sweet Pork Salad with Tomatillo Ranch Dressing – Clean Eating Recipes
Pork Loin Roast – Tomatoes – Chipotle Chilis – Buttermilk – Mayo – Tortillas – Rice – Beans – Lettuce – Pico de Gallo – Tortilla Strips
This is a clean eating version of a copy cat Cafe Rio pork salad. I love the pork and especially love the dressing but do you know what is in a real Cafe Rio pork salad? It’s full of Coke and brown sugar. That’s a lot of unhealthy, not clean sugar. Besides people use coke to clean their toilets. My stomach is not a toilet. I experimented several times and came up with this recipe that I think is much healthier and I actually like it better than the “real thing”.
6. Quinoa Chicken Spinach Salad with Honey Lime Vinaigrette – Family Food On The Table
Now here is a complete meal if I’ve ever seen one. With spinach, chicken and quinoa plus a whole lot of other good stuff. You can use leftover chicken if you like or you could buy one of those rotisserie chickens like they sell already cooked in grocery stores. That would sure make it easier. I prepare everything else while the quinoa is cooking so when the quinoa is done, the meal is made. Pretty easy, huh?
7. Shrimp Arugula Greek Salad – I Food Real
Argula – Tomatoes – Cucumber – Bell Peppers – Red Onion – Feta Cheese – Kalamata Olives – Shrimp
I really like the pungent peppery flavor or arugula. I got the idea that it would work well in a Greek salad with all the olives and feta cheese. I decided to add shrimp to make this a complete meal. I was right, it turned out outrageously delicious. I always eat quinoa on the side but the kids like whole wheat pasta.
8. Almond, Berry and Chicken Spinach Salad Recipe – Chelsea’s Messy Apron
Chicken Breast – Spinach – Blueberries – Strawberries – Mandarin Oranges – Feta Cheese – Slivered Almonds
The dressing it only four ingredients, so yeah! That won’t take long to make. I love the flavor of the sliced strawberries, blueberries and peeled clementines. Oh, it’s fruity alright. But that isn’t all when you add in the feta cheese and toasted almonds, it’s to die for. Then the chicken, that is definitely going to fill you up. I buy sliced almonds and toast them myself. It’s really easy to do.
Chicken Thighs – Rosemary – Greens – Red Onion – Peaches – Pecans
This rosemary grilled chicken is great with the salad but it’s so good it could be recipe in an of itself. Grilled onion and fresh peaches make this salad. When it’s topped with this pecan vinaigrette it is totally awesome. Make tripe batched of the dressing because you’ll want to save it to put on all of your salads.
I hope you like these salads, they sure are a good way to mix up your menus. It’s easy to alter them so you can have a lot of different meals from the same general salad recipe.