Photo: Yunhee Kim
More than just greens
A lackluster bowl of lettuce can leave your stomach growling minutes later. Luckily, these eight hunger-fighting salad recipes are packed with enough protein and fiber to satisfy you for hours.
Adobo-Marinated Grass-Fed Flank Steak With Spinach Salad
Filling grass-fed beef is rich in omega-3 fatty acids and tastes fantastic with this cilantro and citrus marinade.
Ingredients: Steak, orange juice, lime juice, adobo seasoning, cilantro, garlic, corn, olive oil, jícama, spinach, roasted red peppers, avocado, queso fresco
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Pizza Panzanella Salad
This Italian bread salad provides perfect Mediterranean flavor for less than 350 calories. Even though it's meatless, the navy beans and feta cheese will surely satisfy.
Ingredients: Italian cheese–flavored pizza crust, romaine lettuce, cherry tomatoes, red onions, kalamata olives, cucumbers, navy beans, roasted red peppers, feta cheese, red wine vinegar, dried dill, fennel seeds, extra-virgin olive oil
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Moroccan Lamb Salad With Carrots and Mint
This zesty dish proves a salad doesn't have to include lettuce. Though lamb is generally a fatty meat, lean loin chops and portion control keep dieters content. And adding in low-cal mint and carrots creates plenty of flavor in this sophisticated dinner.
Ingredients: Lean lamb loin chops, garlic, Greek-style yogurt, lemon juice, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, carrots, fresh mint, golden raisins, scallions
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Chicken Salad With Potatoes and Arugula
Instead of nibbling on a dinner roll, eat the potatoes in this salad. Potatoes contain resistant starch, which keeps you full longer than other starches. Chicken provides lean protein, and Parmesan finishes off this dish with a sharp burst of flavor.
Ingredients: New potatoes, chicken breasts, olive oil, white wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, arugula, tarragon, Parmesan cheese
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Grilled-Vegetable Salad With Lentils
The oil and vinegar combo in this vegetarian dish will provide a rich flavor for the antioxidant-rich vegetables. And with 20 grams of protein and fiber, you won't have to worry about your stomach grumbling two hours later.
Ingredients: Dried lentils, bay leaf, red onion, walnuts, olive oil, red wine vinegar, herbes de Provence, garlic, asparagus, zucchini, yellow, orange, and red bell pepper, eggplant, thyme
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Lobster and Corn Salad With Tarragon Vinaigrette
Perfect for spring or summer, this protein-rich salad can be thrown together in 20 minutes. Using seasonal foods adds a layer of freshness, and the entire dish comes in at less than 300 calories.
Ingredients: Champagne or white wine vinegar, lemon juice, shallots, tarragon, olive oil, corn, lobster meat, chives
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Photo: Jan Smith
Black Bean–Quinoa Salad With Basil-Lemon Dressing
Quinoa is rich in both fiber and protein, so it makes the perfect base for this whole-grain salad. Though the recipe contains tomatoes, carrots, and lima beans, serve over spinach leaves for a boost of antioxidants.
Ingredients: Quinoa, vegetable broth, firm tofu, olive oil, basil, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, sugar, lemon rind, garlic, lima beans, tomatoes, green onions, carrots, black beans
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Spanish-Style Tuna and Potato Salad
This gourmet salad makes a great work-friendly lunchjust pack the lettuce and potato mixture in separate containers. The array of Spanish spices takes this dish up a notch, and it's full of heart-healthy fats, fiber, and satiating protein.
Ingredients: Red potatoes, green beans, cherry tomatoes, shallots, paprika, red pepper, albacore tuna, olive oil, sherry vinegar, romaine lettuce
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