12 Healthy Salad Recipes That Make Lunch Exciting Again

Shake up your weekday lunch with these tasty, healthy salad recipes that are great on the go.

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Southern Cobb Salad Recipe

Courtesy Amber Wilson For the Love of South Blog

For the Love of the South adds flair to Cobb salad with okra, fresh herbs, and a finishing drizzle of this blogger's signature four-ingredient "Alabama White Sauce."

Edamame Chickpea Power Salad with Avocado-Lime Dressing

Courtesy 86 Lemons Blog

Power salad is right! This healthy, filling recipe from 86Lemons loads up on protein-packed stars like edamame and chickpeas, and gets it velvety coating from a salad dressing with avocado, ginger, shallot, lime, and more nourishing ingredients. Warm it up in the office's microwave before digging in.

BBQ Chicken Chopped Salad Recipe

Courtesy Iowa Girl Eats blog

Sweet corn, crushed tortilla strips, and good ole BBQ sauce—even veggie-haters will dig in to this down-home salad from Iowa Girl Eats. Pro Tip: A pizza cutter makes quick work of chopping lettuce.

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Roasted Delicata Squash, Pomegranate and Arugula Salad Recipe

Courtesy cookie and kate blog

Your lunchbox called, and it begged for this vibrant, healthy salad from Cookie and Kate, with tender squash, tangy feta, and a fancy-sounding maple-balsamic vinaigrette that comes together quickly with ingredients you probably already have on hand.

Steak Salad with Mint-Scallion Dressing

Courtesy Lemons and Anchovies

A nice way to use up dinner leftovers at lunch, Lemons and Anchovies reinvents a classic steak salad with a piquant mint-scallion dressing recipe that packs flavor and heat. 

Black Bean, Corn, and Avocado Salad Recipe

Courtesy Annie's Eats

Why didn't we think to elevate salsa into salad? Annie Eats creatively lets key salsa players (tomatoes, cilantro, red onion) tango with healthy, satisfying salad superstars (avocado, black beans, corn).

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Fattoush Salad with Za’atar

Courtesy Sarah Britton, My New Roots blog

This Lebanase-style salad from My New Roots tosses healthy tomatoes, cucumber, mint, parsley, and more with the traditional Middle Eastern spice-blend, za'atar, which tastes of sumac, sesame seed, and herbs. It's traditionally served with fried pita, but you can also pack flatbread or crackers for this lunch.

BLT Panzanella Salad Recipe

Courtesy Smells Like Home

Classic Tuscan bread salad, panzanella, and the signature American BLT, harmonize in this happy hybrid on Smells Like Home. Great for lunch or dinner.

Kale, Clementine, and Feta Salad with Honey-Lime Dressing

Courtesy cookie and kate blog

Clementines, avocado, and pepitas, tossed in a honey, lime, and jalapeño dressing dazzle in this healthy salad recipe from Cookie and Kate. No pomegranates? No pom-blem: Use a handful of dried cranberries (or raisins) instead.

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Marinated Zucchini and Chickpea Salad Recipe

Courtesy Susan Voisin

Make this simple, healthy salad recipe from Fat Free Vegan the day before you take it to work so the fresh lemon juice and vinegar have time to “cook” the zucchini. For a touch of sweetness, experiment with flavored vinegars like raspberry or fig.

Roasted Corn and Cilantro Salad Recipe

Courtesy dinner was delicious blog

Fresh corn mingles with bold red pepper and jícama (a sweet root veggie) in this Mexican-inspired salad from Dinner was Delicious. Top with Cotija cheese or Queso Fresco for a filling lunch.

Broccoli Slaw with Pineapple Curry Dressing

Courtesy Susan Voisin

I slaw, you slaw, we all scream for broccoli slaw! Fat Free Vegan's healthy rendition achieves sweet-spicy perfection with pineapple juice, curry powder, and red chile pepper flakes.

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