High-Protein Lunch & Dinner Salad Recipes

Apr 14 2023
A nice big salad topped with lean chicken can be a great easy meal, especially during the spring & summer months. Here are 6 high-protein lunch & dinner salad recipes to add to your lineup… each with 34 grams of protein or more! P.S. Feel free to change up the protein and try these with shrimp, turkey, salmon, tuna, tofu, beans, chickpeas… anything goes.

HG Tip: Don't get caught trying to cram a big salad into a too-small bowl. Good-sized salad bowls like these are essential to easy mixing without flinging lettuce all over the place.

Crazy for Cobb Salad

Entire recipe: 325 calories, 11g total fat (3g sat. fat), 730mg sodium, 16.5g carbs, 6g fiber, 9g sugars, 41g protein

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Cobb salads are loaded up with protein, thanks to chicken, bacon, eggs, and blue cheese. Our recipe keeps the quantities in check for the more decadent ingredients without sacrificing on flavor.

Greek Salad in a Jar

Entire recipe: 286 calories, 10.5g total fat (2g sat. fat), 800mg sodium, 15g carbs, 4g fiber, 7.5g sugars, 35g protein
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Not only is this salad packed with protein, it's also designed to be prepped ahead of time and taken on the go. Pack up the ingredients accordingly, and when it's mealtime, just shake the jar or empty it all into a bowl. This calls for a fresh set of extra-large mason jars.

Crispy Chicken Salad with Honey Mustard Dressing

Entire recipe: 345 calories, 7g total fat (2.5g sat. fat), 786mg sodium, 25.5g carbs, 4g fiber, 13g sugars, 41.5g protein

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Something about honey mustard gives us ‘90s throwback vibes in the best possible way. You don't have to dust off your old grunge gear (unless you want to) to enjoy the classic flavors in this salad.

Grilled Chicken Caprese Salad

Entire recipe: 293 calories, 10g total fat (2.5g sat. fat), 689mg sodium, 14.5g carbs, 4.5g fiber, 8g sugars, 35.5g protein

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This recipe takes inspiration from the classic fresh flavors of an Italian Caprese salad of tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and basil, and then expands upon it to make it a full-on meal. Because you KNOW how we feel about a big bowl of chicken-topped greens.

Crispy Buffalo Chicken Salad

Entire recipe: 345 calories, 12.5g total fat (3g sat. fat), 907mg sodium, 21g carbs, 4g fiber, 6g sugars, 34g protein
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Crispy faux-fried chicken, tangy hot sauce, creamy cheese, and fresh veggies—this big ol' salad has everything you crave! It’s the kind of salad we make when we want fast food, but we know we need something more wholesome…

Top of the Chops BBQ Chicken Salad

Entire recipe: 389 calories, 8g total fat (2.5g sat. fat), 692mg sodium, 43.5g carbs, 10g fiber, 15g sugars, 36.5g protein

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Finally, the list wouldn't be complete without a BBQ chicken salad. This recipe is full of flavor and fun ingredients—sweet corn! tortilla chips! jicama!—and it's an all-time HG favorite. We'll never get sick of this classic.

Chew on this:

Pssst… It's National Pecan Day, aka April 14th. Make this easy and comforting pecan pie oatmeal bake recipe ASAP.

Your friends have been eating the same salads since 2018—send them these recipes, for their taste buds' sake!


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