10 high protein salads for a bigger summer meal
Summer means salad. Farmers’ markets and backyard gardens are starting to abound with produce all intended for large, fresh meals. Sometimes salads are all you can handle on a hot day. Anything that doesn’t involve bending over a hot stove.
Salads are a great choice in the summer, but it’s all too easy to get stuck in a rut of “common or garden” garden salad. Sure, lettuce, tomato, and cucumber are amazing foods, but you can have something a lot more inspiring than your summer salad.
There are plenty of ways to make your salad a complete meal on its own, making sure you’re getting plenty of veggies, nutrients, flavor, and protein. You can fill up on a balanced salad without feeling overwhelmed and heavy.
Check out these high protein, satisfying, and filling salads and make summer dinners a snap.
1. Buffalo Tempeh Quinoa Salad
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This is a wonderfully filling and flavorful salad by Ashely Smyczek. This Buffalo Tempeh Quinoa Salad is a feast of flavors and textures, from crunchy cabbage and nutty and protein-rich tempeh to the spices of hot Buffalo sauce. A vegan blue cheese dip keeps things cool on a hot day.
2. Gado Gado Salad With Nut Free Sauce
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This Gado Gado Salad with Daphne Goh Nut Free Sauce is like a rainbow in a bowl. The fresh, crunchy and colorful vegetables are mixed with roasted potatoes and fried tofu to make an Indonesian-style salad packed with protein.
3. Greek Salad With Homemade Feta Cheese
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Here, a simple salad is a protein fed by homemade vegan feta cheese made from chickpea flour. This Greek salad with homemade feta cheese from Yana Chistyakova brings together all the classic Mediterranean ingredients such as olives, ripe tomatoes and traditional seasonings.
4. Pear salad with quinoa
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This is a Quinoa Pear Salad from Medha Swaminathan that offers a variety of flavors and textures. Your protein boost comes from the quinoa while the juicy, succulent pears offer a bite and a little sweetness. The chopped nuts give a little crunch and extra protein, and the fresh basil gives you that classic summer taste.
5. Avocados stuffed with chickpea salad
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This avocado salad stuffed with chickpeas from Kat Condon is a vegan twist on the traditional egg salad. It appeals to all of those familiar flavors such as dill, celery, and onions. However, instead of mayonnaise, this recipe uses the creaminess of avocados to achieve the same smooth texture. Of course, your protein power comes from the chickpeas.
6. Eggplant, zucchini and walnut salad
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It’s a wonderful salad full of texture, healthy ingredients and color. Stefani Weiss’ Eggplant, Zucchini and Walnut Salad has all the flavors of seasonal vegetables, nuts for protein, freshly chopped cilantro for greens and a Dijon mustard dressing. This salad makes a satisfying dish to have on its own.
7. Crunchy Asian Cauliflower Rice Salad with Cashew Nuts
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This Annabelle Randles Crunchy Asian Cashew Cauliflower Rice Salad Recipe is a meal rich in flavors ranging from ginger, cumin and lime to colorful carrots, peppers and red onions. You get a double shot of protein with this one from cashews and edamame beans.
8. Edamame seaweed salad
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The power of Edamame protein comes to the rescue again in this Edamame seaweed salad by Melissa Tedesco. Rather than the obvious green salads, this recipe turns into fresh and nutritious wakame seaweed. A ginger vinaigrette and a crunchy sesame seed garnish help make this a perfectly light yet energizing salad.
9. Caesar salad with chickpeas and kale
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It’s in the title! This Chickpea and Kale Caesar Salad by Ally McLaughlin is a wonderfully filling salad that takes the classic Caesar and makes it vegan. Grilled chickpeas set the stage for a protein-rich salad. Then comes the Caesar dressing made with cashews to finish things off for sure.
10. Barbecue Chickpea Ranch Salad
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Here’s another vegan take on a traditional dressing. This Meredith Youngson BBQ Chickpea Ranch Salad is a great addition to a backyard or porch party. The spicy and sticky barbecue chickpeas are balanced by the fresh bite of lettuce, carrots, tomatoes and avocado. Then creamy, protein-rich tahini ranch dressing brings it all together.
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