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14 Protein-Packed Salads That Are Anything But Boring

Fresh, crisp, and loaded with protein.

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Salads can often get a bad rep for being too light and unsatisfying...

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But one of the quickest ways to make them more filling is to add a source of protein. Below are lots of ideas on how to do that — using both meat-based proteins like salmon and chicken, and plant-based proteins like chickpeas and edamame.

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So here are 14 high-protein salads that'll actually keep you full:

1. Roasted Sweet Potato and Chickpea Salad

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Roasted chickpeas not only give this salad a pop of crunchy texture, but a ton of added protein.

Protein per serving: 25 grams.
Get the recipe here.

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2. BBQ Chicken Cobb Salad

This cobb salad is totally customizable. Don't like tomatoes? Leave them out and throw in whatever veggie you have on hand!

Protein per serving: 35 grams.
Get the recipe here.

3. Three Bean Salad

BuzzFeed/Rachel Gaewski

Chickpeas, kidney beans, and cannellini beans give this simple salad a boost of plant-based protein.

Protein per serving: 56 grams.
Get the recipe here.

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4. Chicken Chickpea Chopped Salad

ambitiouskitchen.com

Feel free to use store-bought rotisserie chicken to make this protein-packed salad even easier to make.

Protein per serving (for 4 servings): 38 grams.
Get the recipe here.

5. Quinoa and Kale Protein Power Salad

This hearty salad is dressed in a tangy vinaigrette made with sumac — which is a citrusy spice with a bright pink color.

Protein per serving: 24 grams.
Get the recipe here.

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6. Edamame Chickpea Power Salad With Avocado-Lime Dressing

86lemons.com

Toasted chickpeas, edamame, and cashews give this salad a triple hit of protein.

Protein per serving: 33 grams.
Get the recipe here.

7. Chicken, Bacon, and Strawberry Salad With Orange Balsamic Vinaigrette

This high-protein salad is loaded with fresh strawberries and crunchy walnuts — and it just happens to be paleo-friendly.

Protein per serving: 74 grams.
Get the recipe here.

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8. Garlicky Kale Salad With Crispy Chickpeas

Crispy chickpeas roasted with warm tandoori spices take this savory kale salad to the next level.

Protein per serving: 17 grams.
Get the recipe here.

9. Shrimp and Black Bean Salad With Cilantro, Cumin, and Lime

Black beans and shrimp give this salad a double hit of protein that'll keep you full.

Protein per serving: 39 grams.
Get the recipe here.

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10. Salmon Caesar Salad

stuckonsweet.com

Protein-packed salmon on top of a bed of hearty chickpeas and crisp lettuce — what could be better?

Protein per serving: 73 grams.
Get the recipe here.

11. Shrimp Avocado Tomato Salad

primaverakitchen.com

This festive salad loaded with avocado, egg, and shrimp will keep you full all throughout the day.

Protein per serving: 15.2 grams.
Get the recipe here.

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12. Turkey Nachos Salad

Part salad, part nachos — what more could you want?

Protein per serving: 28 grams.
Get the recipe here.

13. Roasted Fennel, Asparagus, and Red Onions With Parmesan and Hard-Boiled Eggs

Lauren Zaser / Justine Zwiebel / BuzzFeed

This salad filled with eggs and roasted veggies is so hearty it'll feel like you're not even eating a salad.

Protein per serving: 33 grams.
Get the recipe here.

14. Spicy Roasted Tofu and Portobello Mushroom Bowl

Lauren Zaser / Justine Zwiebel / BuzzFeed

This salad-ish bowl of roasted mushrooms and tofu will fill you up and make your tastebuds very happy.

Protein per serving: 36 grams.
Get the recipe here.

All nutritional info provided by the recipe authors or roughly calculated on Verywell.com

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