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Satisfying Center-Plate Salads

I try to eat a salad every day. Not only are they the easiest way for me to make sure I get enough veggies in my diet, but there are so many different ways to enjoy salad that it’s hard to get tired of them.

You might only consider salad when trying to round out a meat-based dinner, but salads can shine as the main dish. By switching up the ingredients from fruits to herbs to beans, you can create an entirely new flavor combination that keeps your salads exciting.

Think beyond that tiny side-salad plate and go big with our favorite techniques and recipes.

Add Fruit

Strawberries, oranges, blueberries and avocados (yes, they’re a fruit!) are bright bursts of flavor that pair well with leafy greens. Simply add diced or segmented pieces, or whisk juice into salad dressing.

Spring Salad with Strawberries and Creamy Orange-Avocado Dressing Avocado and Grapefruit Salad

Add Grains

Grains help add bulk to a salad, helping to fill you up. Quinoa is a natural choice, as its protein content is great for rounding out a main-dish salad, but also try wild rice or bulgur.

  Bulgur with Arugula, Pomegranate and Hazelnuts

Wheat Berry, Apricot and Arugula Salad Minty Cucumber-Quinoa Salad

Add Beans

Beans are delicious in salads, especially when using a bright dressing that complements their earthy  flavor. If using canned beans, rinse them well before adding to your salad.

  Big Beautiful Salad with Lemon-Miso Dressing

Add the Unexpected

The sky’s the limit when it comes to salad, so don’t feel boxed in by what’s typical. Try leaving out the lettuce, and go for ingredients like seaweed or cashews for full flavor.

Want more ways to brighten up your plate and palate? Check out our Healthy Eating guide, with tips on smart shopping, simple cooking techniques.

Do you love a big salad? Share your favorite add-ins!

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Saundra Scott-Adams says …

I have started using organic salsa as a dressing. Delicious!

Yvonne Ehrhart says …

I had the pleasure of tasting your spinach/artichoke pasta salad yesterday and I can't stop thinking about it! Do you share your recipes, and if so, how can I get a copy? It was absolutely out of this world!

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@YVONNE - More than likely this is an in-house creation. If the store has a recipe, they'll be happy to share it!

ann says …

In the sushi section is a salad named Calamari Salad. It is sold in very small amounts. I am totally addicted to it...amazing. Can we have the recipe?

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@ANN - That sounds yummy! Since this is more than likely made in house, check with the store where you purchased this to see if they have a recipe to share!

crystal says …

I love these simple ways to change it up a little. My favorite add-in is a warm ingredient like a roasted sweet potato cubed or sauteed spicy broccoli.

Nancy Feid Eddy says …

I am searching for the Superfood salad from the prepared foods deli.

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@NANCY - I would check with your local store to see if they carry this. I have seen this option at my local store in the Produce dept and it's usually a mix of sprouts and beans. If it's an in-house recipe option, definitely check with Prepared Foods!

sharon mills says …

like these salads how can I get the receipe

Megan says …

@SHARON For the recipes in this post, simply click on the image and it will take you to the recipe!

Zumba Bob says …

I see a lot of talk about healthy and I get that and like it. Great salad bar. However you can still get pretty fat eating salad. Where do I find the nutritional data on your salad and hot entree bars?? I count calories and carbs to maintain my weight....many others do as well. Your salad bar will rotate items occasionally but over the years the items haven't varied much. How about some help with posting a general guide to caloric, fat, and carbohydrate content.

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@ZUMBABOB - If the store has nutritional info available, they will be happy to share it with you.

scott dixon says …

I have to make dinner tonight. That's not happening. I was hoping I could look on the whole Foods website and find what is in the deli case. Meat?veggies? etc. Is what is new today on the website somewhere?

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@SCOTT - Unfortunately since inventory is always changing in the store, we do not currently offer an online list of items in the Chef's Case. You can always either try to reach out to your local store via social media, or give them a call to see what they have in stock.

lorraine says …

My brother and sister in law had a green bean, tomato, bococcini , shallot salad at the store and I am trying to recreate it. Can you help?

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@LORRAINE - Since this was a dish made in-house, I would suggest reaching out to the store where they purchased this. If they have a recipe, they'll be happy to share it!

stephany palmer says …

hi. I was in town last week from Connecticut to bring my son to school at DU and I stopped in your store and had a kale and brussel sprout salad that was delicious! they do not make that salad at our whole foods in Greenwich and I was wondering if you would please share the recipe? thanks so much!

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@STEPHANY - We don't have a recipe online that meets this description. This might be made regionally but the store should be able to find the recipe for you if they have one available.