If your perfect meal includes a juicy burger, fries, and a coke, then you may scoff at the idea of a heart-healthy salad for dinner. While salads are often full of fresh veggies, delicious dressings, nuts, and even fruits, they’re not nearly as craveable. If you’ve ever turned down a salad option for a dinner and went with the meat and potatoes instead, there’s good news for you — you can have a salad that’s just as satisfying as your favorite comfort foods. Try out these five salad recipes for a yummy meal that you’ll forget is even a salad in the first place.
1. Grilled Corn and Black Bean Salad
If you love the flavors in tacos, nachos, and burritos, then you’ll love this Mexican twist on a salad. There’s no lettuce to be found in this grilled corn and black bean salad recipe from Every Day with Rachael Ray, so it’s far from wimpy. Instead there’s plenty of fresh corn, beans, and cheese to deliver tons of flavor and keep you satisfied.
- 4 ears fresh shucked corn
- 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
- 2 teaspoons chili powder
- 2 (15-ounce) cans of rinsed and drained black beans
- 1 bunch of trimmed and sliced radishes
- 3 thinly sliced scallions
- ⅓ cup chopped cilantro
- 4 ounces crumbled queso fresco
- 1 sliced avocado
Directions: Start by preheating your grill to medium. Add corn to the grill and cook for about 10 minutes, or until it’s charred in some areas. Take the corn off the heat and let cool completely.
In a large bowl, whisk olive oil, lime juice, chili powder, and ½ teaspoon salt for your dressing. Cut the corn kernels from the cob using a large, sharp knife, and put the kernels into the bowl. Add beans, radishes, scallions, and cilantro, and toss all of the ingredients together.
Plate your salads and top with queso fresco and sliced avocado. For added crunch, add corn chips on top instead of croutons — not only are they less expensive, but their flavor blends better with the Mexican flavors.