11 Filling Salads with Meat

Grilled Chinese Chicken Salad
Photo: © Tina Rupp

Beds of veggies are an excellent vehicle for showcasing an array of meats. Add a flavorful dressing and voilà! You've got an utterly satisfying salad. We've rounded up our heartiest meat-topped salad recipes, including everything from grilled chicken to juicy meatballs to charred lamb — and bacon, of course. Read on to discover your new go-to lunch or weeknight dinner.

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Cold Saimin Salad with Soy-Ginger Grilled Pork

Cold Saimin Salad with Soy Ginger Grilled Pork
Victor Protasio

This Hawaiian-style cold ramen noodle salad is topped with slices of savory, crispy pork shoulder, crunchy bean sprouts, tender ribbons of egg, shredded nori, and slices of Japanese pickled cucumber. A cooling dressing of dashi, rice wine vinegar, and sake brings it all together.

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Autumn Salad with Figs and Blue Cheese

Autumn Salad with Figs and Blue Cheese
Christina Holmes

Food blogger and cookbook author Mimi Thorisson tosses her incredible mesclun salad with figs, toasted hazelnuts, bacon, sliced apple, grapes, and blue cheese, making for a satisfying amalgamation of sweet and salty, crunchy and creamy.

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Jicama, Kirby, and Carrot Salad with Charred Lamb

Jicama, Kirby and Carrot Salad with Charred Lamb
© James Baigrie

Because chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten is constantly opening new restaurants, it's easy to forget Vong's 1992 opening in Manhattan. This smoky lamb salad was on the menu with crunchy carrots, cucumbers, bean sprouts, and a spiced vinegar dressing. It's one of the dishes that launched America's Asian-fusion trend.

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Grilled Meatballs with Scallion and Shaved Cheese Salad

Grilled Meatballs with Scallion and Shaved Cheese Salad
© Maura McEvoy

Chef Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson makes his savory meatballs with a mixture of lamb, veal, and bacon, plus a little ricotta cheese to keep everything moist. He serves them atop an unconventional salad of grilled scallions with shavings of Parmigiano-Reggiano.

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Antipasto Salad with Bocconcini and Green-Olive Tapenade

Antipasto Salad with Bocconcini and Green-Olive Tapenade
© Greg DuPree

Chef Nancy Silverton is a master of Italian cooking, getting the biggest flavor from the simplest ingredients. She does just that with this hearty salad, which combines crisp iceberg lettuce, milky mozzarella, spicy-tangy peperoncini, and salty olives and salami.

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Juicy Steak and Tomato Salad

Juicy Steak-and-Tomato Salad
Con Poulos

This summery salad from F&W culinary director at large Justin Chapple is quick and easy to pull together, and a total crowd-pleaser. His mixture of cherry and heirloom tomatoes, luscious avocado, fresh herbs, and grilled steak marries beautifully with the Champagne vinaigrette.

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Corned Beef Salad with Thousand Island Dressing and Rye Croutons

Corned-Beef Salad with Thousand Island Dressing and Rye Croutons
© Evi Abeler

You've probably eaten a sandwich with a salad inside; now try a salad with a sandwich inside. Strips of corned beef are tossed with lettuce and rye bread croutons, then topped with Thousand Island dressing — the real old-fashioned kind with "islands" of pickle relish, hard-cooked egg, and chopped scallion.

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Grilled Chicken Salad with Ginger-Miso

Grilled Chinese Chicken Salad
© Tina Rupp

Grilled chicken puts a little flavor twist on this classic salad, which gets its crispness from snow peas, cabbage, and carrots. Store-bought shredded coleslaw mix makes this recipe incredibly easy to make.

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Peppery Greens Salad with Avocado, Chicken, and Tortilla Croutons

Peppery Greens Salad with Avocado, Chicken and Tortilla Croutons
Greg DuPree

Crispy, pimentón-dusted tortillas stand in for the flatbread traditionally found in the Lebanese bread salad fattoush. Make this recipe with easy homemade Tex-Mex Tortillas or use your favorite store-bought version.

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Italian Sausage Salad

Italian Sausage Salad
© Fredrika Stjärne

As an homage to the salads of his youth, marinated in bottled Italian dressing, New York City chef Jamie Bissonnette developed this "grown-up" version. Here, grilled Italian sausage and vegetables marinated in red wine vinaigrette sit atop a bed of crisp iceberg lettuce.

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Spinach Salad with Smoked Chicken, Apple, Walnuts, and Bacon

Spinach Salad with Smoked Chicken, Apple, Walnuts, and Bacon
© David Malosh

Celebrate autumn's apple season with this delicious and satisfying salad. We call for the thick-sliced smoked chicken available in the meat department of most supermarkets. Of course, you can always use smoked turkey from the deli counter instead. If you like a more pronounced sweet-and-sour flavor, use another teaspoon of vinegar.

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