9 Hearty Salad Recipes That Go Beyond the Lettuce Leaf

Pictured: Melon and Cucumber Salad with Feta, Black Pepper and Mint recipe from CHOW

Next to sandwiches, stews, and grain bowls, leafy green salads can feel punishing—a sad stand-in to a satisfying meal, especially when the weather outside calls for comfort. But if you’re seeking something wholesome yet filling, there’s hope for you yet: we’ve rounded up our some of our favorite salad creations that are still fancy enough to feel like a treat.

1. Wild Rice and Edamame Salad

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This wild rice salad is fast, yes. Healthy too. But it’s also surprisingly addictive, with a cornucopia of textures and flavors from dried cranberries, slivered almonds, scallions, sesame seeds, and more. Get our Wild Rice and Edamame Salad recipe.

2. Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad

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If roasted Brussels sprouts err on the side of being too bitter to your palate, try them raw and shredded in a salad instead. Here, they’re tossed in a Caesar-inspired dressing with boiled eggs, Dijon, pine nuts, and Parmesan. Get our Shaved Brussels Sprouts recipe.

3. Celery and Olive Orzo Salad

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Make a celery, olive, and chickpea orzo salad your go-to meal on the go. It’s ideal for picnics, tailgates, potlucks, and anything in between. Get our Celery and Olive Orzo Salad recipe.

4. Three-Bean Salad

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Bean medleys are all too often lacking in crunch. Our three-bean version employs blanched green beans and thin radish slices to ensure there’s plenty of texture. Salty capers add punch. Get our Three-Bean Salad recipe.

5. Chinese-y Chicken Salad

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This chicken dish isn’t really Chinese at all; think of it as a chicken and slaw salad tossed in a dressing that’s vaguely Asian. Get our Chinese-y Chicken Salad recipe.

6. Lentil Salad

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Our traditional French Puy lentil salad is wonderful on the side with fish, lamb, pork, or chicken, but also stands perfectly well as a meal on its own. Get our Lentil Salad recipe.

7. Creamy Cucumber Salad

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Flake a fillet of cooked salmon on top of a cooling cucumber and dill salad and you have a complete lunch. Get our Creamy Cucumber Salad recipe.

8. Toasted Millet Salad

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If you’ve never cooked with millet, this recipe is a good place to start. You’ll want to toast the seed first to bring out all of its nutty flavors. Get our Toasted Millet Salad recipe.

9. Tomato, Tomatillo, and Corn Salad with Avocado Dressing

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Craving a panoply of colors, flavors, and textures? Our chunky tomato, tomatillo, and corn salad, with its smoky chipotle dressing, will surely do the trick. Get our Tomato, Tomatillo, and Corn Salad with Avocado Dressing recipe.

Susannah Chen is a San Francisco–based freelance writer. When she's not cooking or writing, she's on the hunt to find the world's best chilaquiles. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

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