10 Main Dish Salad Recipes

A main dish salad makes a fabulous meal on a warm summer day or evening. Many of these salads don't require cooking, and they are all hearty and delicious. Prepare one of these salads for a luncheon or dinner, or take one along to a potluck or picnic.

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    Lobster and Macaroni Salad

    Lobster and Macaroni Salad
    Lobster and Macaroni Salad. Diana Rattray

    This salad takes freshly boiled lobster to another level. The lobster stands out in this extraordinary macaroni salad. It's an excellent choice for a hot summer evening.

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    BLT Macaroni Salad

    BLT Macaroni Salad
    BLT Macaroni Salad. Diana Rattray

    The combination of bacon, lettuce, and tomatoes stands out in this delicious macaroni salad. Hard-boiled eggs and chopped red onions add to the flavor and texture, along with a seasoned mayonnaise dressing.

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    Chopped Salad With Ham and Balsamic Vinaigrette

    Salad on the Table
    Chopped Salad. Michelle Tran / EyeEm / Getty Images

    This interesting and versatile salad is made with a variety of ingredients: beans, cheese, nuts, ham, tomatoes, cucumbers, and romaine lettuce are a few worth noting. Serve this hearty chopped salad on tortilla chips and dress with the homemade vinaigrette or your own favorite.

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    Grilled Chicken and Portobello Mushroom Salad

    Grilled Chicken Salad
    Grilled Chicken Salad. Foodcollection RF/Getty Images

    Chicken breasts Portobello mushrooms are grilled and then arranged with diced cheese and fresh vegetables. The tangy sour cream dressing is the perfect finishing touch.

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    Tuna Salad With Dijon Dressing

    Tuna Salad Nicoise
    Tuna Salad Nicoise. Diana Rattray

    This Nicoise style salad is finished with a tangy Dijon dressing. The combination of tuna with vegetables, hard-boiled eggs, and olives is classic.  I love this salad with fresh grilled tuna, but premium packaged cooked tuna or good quality canned tuna may be used.

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    Taco Salad With Dressing

    Taco Salad
    Taco Salad. Diana Rattray

    This taco salad starts with seasoned, browned ground beef. The beef is arranged on plates with lettuce leaves and tortilla chips along with fresh vegetables, olives, and a homemade Southwestern-style dressing. The tortilla chips can be homemade or store-bought. Either way, the salad will be a big hit with your family!

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    Shrimp Salad With Rice

    Shrimp Salad With Rice
    Shrimp Salad With Rice. Photo: Diana Rattray

    This easy shrimp salad is a full meal in one cool dish. The rice, peas, and shrimp are the perfect combination of flavors, all brought together with a simple mayonnaise dressing.

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    Lobster Salad

    Easy Lobster Salad
    Easy Lobster Salad. Diana Rattray

    This is a salad for a special occasion when you want to treat yourself or your family. Serve the lobster salad on a bed of lettuce with slices of avocado or fresh tomato wedges.

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    Turkey Salad With Red Grapes

    Turkey Salad with Grapes
    Turkey Salad with Red Grapes. Diana Rattray

    Serve this extraordinary turkey salad on mixed greens with fresh sliced vegetables for a cool and delicious supper salad. I love this salad with slices of avocado and tomato wedges.

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    Macaroni Salad with Cheese and Ham

    Macaroni Salad with Ham and Peas. Diana Rattray

    Asparagus and/or peas would make a great addition to this delicious pasta salad.