50 filling salad recipes

If it's too hot for soup and sandwiches make you feel stodgy, try one of these filling salads. They're tasty, healthy and won't leave you feeling peckish mid-afternoon.

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If it's too hot for soup and sandwiches make you feel stodgy, try one of these filling salads. They're tasty, healthy and won't leave you feeling peckish mid-afternoon.

These filling salad recipes are brilliant if you want to eat a little healthier but don't want to go hungry. Salad recipes  (opens in new tab)don't need to be boring and they can also fill you up - you just need to know the magic ingredients that can turn a simple salad into a filling meal the whole family can enjoy.

These filling salad recipes come in all shapes and sizes as well as flavours and ingredients - you're going to be spoilt for choice.

We've got delicious salads to choose from including a Moroccan chicken salad, Slimming World's summer mackerel salad and a summery rice and prawn salad.

Perfect for hearty lunches or light dinners in the sun, take a look through our delicious filling salad ideas.

Slimming World's summer mackerel salad

Slimming World's summer mackerel salad

Slimming World's summer mackerel salad is ideal for fish lovers. It's healthy, easy-to-make and packed full of fruity, sweet and fishy flavours - delicious!

Get the recipe: Slimming World's summer mackerel salad (opens in new tab)

Fruity pasta salad

Fruity pasta salad

This fresh and fruity pasta salad is ideal for enjoying in the summer sun. The citrus flavours and short-shaped pasta make this dish irresistible.

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Sticky roast chicken salad

Sticky roast chicken salad

This sticky roast chicken salad is ready in 35 mins and is packed full of fresh flavour. The sticky chicken is covered in sweet chilli dipping sauce which tastes great with the Chinese lettuce and shallots.

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Warm salmon and minted vegetable salad

Warm salmon and minted vegetable salad

This filling warm salmon and minted vegetable salad also includes peas, fresh mint and a tangy dressing.

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Tuna penne niçoise

Tuna penne niçoise

A classic tuna nicoise salad can be made even more filling with the addition of a little penne pasta - see this Slimming World recipe for a healthy take.

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Chicken, tomato and peach couscous salad

Chicken, tomato and peach couscous salad

Add sweet peach to your salad with this chicken, tomato and peach couscous salad recipe. You may think it sounds strange but the tangy peach flavour compliments the cous cous and succulent chicken.

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Warm chicken and barley salad

Warm chicken and barley salad

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This cheap, light and healthy warm chicken and barley salad is sure to become a firm favourite. Made with little effort, this dish is bursting with flavour that will definitely keep you satisfied throughout the day.

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Chicken, beetroot and rice salad

Chicken, beetroot and rice salad

Make this chicken, beetroot and rice salad for a delicious filling lunch. The sweet beetroot and the succulent chicken breasts make a hearty combo that definitely hits the spot.

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Pasta, avocado and minty beans salad

Pasta, avocado and minty beans salad

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Got your friends coming over for lunch? Make this delicious and healthy pasta, avocado and minty beans salad. The mint brings a lovely kick to the smooth flavours of the avocado - and the pasta and beans will keep you full until dinner!

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Gok Wan's Vietnamese-style leftover chicken salad

Gok Wan's Vietnamese-style leftover chicken salad

Fancy something a little different? Try Gok Wan's Vietnamese-style leftover chicken salad recipe. Use leftover chicken to make this salad which is full of veg and topped with a lovely lime and chilli dressing.

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Warm chicken tzatziki salad

Warm chicken tzatziki salad

Adding plenty of protein is a great way to make your salad more filling and we love this warm recipe which uses chicken and is served up with a cooling Tzatziki.

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Poached egg salad niçoise

Poached egg salad niçoise

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This mouth-watering poached egg salad niçoise salad combines a meaty tuna steak, sharp black olives, fresh chives and gooey poached eggs together to create the ultimate filling salad.

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Tabbouleh

Tabbouleh

This Mediterranean salad is made with filling bulgur wheat to keep you going for that little bit longer. Full of juicy tomatoes, fresh herbs and covered in a zingy dressing, this is the perfect light lunch or side dish to dinner.

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Chicken liver salad

Chicken liver salad

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This chicken liver salad is an old school classic. With juicy fresh

chicken livers, streaky bacon and a handful of crisp green leaves, this

salad is delicious and full of protein.

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Potato and apple salad with mackerel

Potato and apple salad with mackerel

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Fancy something different? Try our potato and apple salad with mackerel -

the sweetness of the apple adds a sharp and moreish flavour to the fish

and the potato will keep you satisfied for longer.

Get the recipe: Potato and apple salad with mackerel (opens in new tab)

Couscous and pomegranate salad

Couscous and pomegranate salad

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This quick and easy salad is the perfect filling lunch. Equally as delicious served warm or cold, it balances sweet and savoury really well.

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Oriental duck salad

Oriental duck salad

With the fat removed, duck is one of the leanest meats and makes a satisfying meal with very little extras, Try this simple salad with only six ingredients that can be ready in half an hour.

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Thai chicken rice salad

Thai chicken rice salad

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With a deliciously sweet and sour dressing, this salad turns leftover

chicken into a delicious dish which won't leave you hungry. We love all

the fresh herbs, which help to give this dish so much flavour.

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Zingy rice and prawn salad

Zingy rice and prawn salad

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Punchy lime and juicy prawns make this a delicious and satisfying dish.

Mixed with fresh veggies and rice it makes a moreish meal.

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Trout salad with creamy tomato dressing

Trout salad with creamy tomato dressing

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This summery-looking dish a delicious combination of healthy fresh trout, crunchy greens and a light and tangy crème fraîche dressing.

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Warm spaghetti with rocket, raisins and chickpeas

Warm spaghetti with rocket, raisins and chickpeas

This veggie salad makes the most of delicious fresh veggies. Adding chickpeas means you're getting an extra portion of fruit and veg for the day and they are full of healthy vitamins and minerals too.

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Chickpea and coriander salad

Chickpea and coriander salad

Chickpeas are an excellent source of protein and slow-release energy. This quick and simple chickpea and coriander salad will keep you full until dinner.

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Poached egg and bacon salad

Poached egg and bacon salad

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Crispy bacon, homemade croutons and poached eggs make this

brunch-inspired poached egg and bacon salad filling and full of flavour.

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Cauliflower and radish salad

Cauliflower and radish salad

Packed with plenty of healthy raw veg, this salad has loads of flavour and lots of crunch. Cauliflower is delicious served raw like this as it has a slightly mustardy flavour and soaks up the flavours of the dressing really well.

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Warm lentil and beetroot salad

Warm lentil and beetroot salad