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35 Best Power Salads: Protein Energy Recipes

Need a mid-week boost? Power salads filled with whole grains and other protein-packed ingredients make for a filling, healthy, and flavorful vegetarian meal. Enjoy this list of the best power salads for energy this week! Enjoy it


Mushroom salad with lentils and caramelized onions

Mushroom salad with lentils and caramelized onions, topped with crunchy pine nuts and briny capers -it’s a symphony of textures and fall flavors, and a fantastic meal in itself, that doubles up as the perfect potluck dish, or Thanksgiving side.

From: Viktoria’s Table

2. Cucumber Quinoa Salad

This Cucumber Quinoa Salad is easy to make ahead of time, naturally gluten-free, and full of fresh, feel-good flavors that everyone will love!

From: Gimme Some Oven

3. Shrimp Avocado Tomato Salad

Looking for a high-protein salad? This delicious Shrimp Avocado Tomato Salad recipe is fresh, healthy, and quick and easy to make!

From: Primavera Kitchen

4. Crunchy Cashew Thai Quinoa Salad

This crunchy cashew Thai quinoa salad with ginger dressing is filled with healthy goodness: carrots, cabbage, quinoa, cilantro, cashews, and more!

From: Get Healthy U

5. Easy Kale Salad with Creamy Lemon-Garlic Dressing

This easy Kale Salad with Creamy Lemon-Garlic Dressing is so simple to make and so delicious … serve it tonight!

From: Hello Little Home

6. Middle Eastern Chickpea Salad

This Middle Eastern Chickpea Salad is a chic and fabulous salad that is perfect as a main dish, a fresh side with some roasted chicken or even nestled in pita bread for a quick lunch on the go.

From: Cooking in Stilettos

7. Apple, Bacon & Pecan Salad with Garlic Balsamic Dressing

A yummy way to eat those greens! Add in a little smokey bacon, some sweet crisp apple and a yummy dressing!

From: Lauren’s Latest

8. Bountiful Broccoli Quinoa Bowl

This easy recipe is packed with healthy, delicious ingredients like avocado, broccoli, almonds and nutritional yeast. It’s vegan, oil-free and gluten-free.

From: Running on Real Food

9. 5 Minute Chopped Chickpea Salad

I love this simple Chopped Chickpea Salad. It requires very little prep time and is super healthy! 5 Minute Chopped Chickpea Salad.

From: BlogLovin’

10. Spring Detox Cauliflower Salad

An herby, fresh vegan power salad featuring cauliflower, apples, shallots, roasted spiced chickpeas, and a quick grainy mustard dressing.

From: Pinch of Yum

11. Marinated Beet Salad With Whipped Goat Cheese

It’s easy to make a pretty good beet salad, but this one makes the leap into greatness

From: NY Times Cooking

12. Chopped Thai Salad with Sesame Garlic Dressing

This Chopped Thai Salad with Sesame Garlic Dressing is THE BEST! A rainbow of power veggies with a yummy homemade dressing.

From: Pinch of Yum

13. Warm + Roasted Winter Salad Bowl

The ultimate bowl of winter comfort food! Yukon Gold potatoes and green beans are roasted until golden and then tossed with warm rainbow quinoa, shredded kale, green onion, and a quick red wine vinaigrette.

From: Oh She Glows

14. Greek Orzo Salad

Greek Orzo Salad is perfect to make year round and it goes perfectly with grilled chicken. It’s a healthy and filling, veggie packed pasta salad, and of course if you want to make it even healthier you could go with a whole wheat or high fiber orzo, you can also switch up the type of pasta (rotini, macaroni and tortellini are other great options).

From: Cooking Classy

15. Keto Cauliflower Potato Salad

This Cauliflower Potato Salad tastes just like the classic potato salad that you’re used to, just with way less carbs and healthier ingredients!

From: Wicked Spatula

16. Coastal Cobb Salad with Creamy Cilantro Lemon Dressing

This coastal cobb salad is perfect for a weeknight meal because it comes together really quickly if you cook the proteins (chicken, eggs, bacon, and shrimp) ahead of time. And even if you don’t cook them ahead of time, this recipe is still really simple. It will just take a little more time than what is listed the recipe below.

From: Kit’s Coastal

17. Avocado Tuna Salad

This Avocado Tuna Salad has incredible fresh flavor! Tuna Avocado Salad is loaded with protein. The avocado adds a healthy and highly satisfying creaminess.

From: Natasha’s Kitchen

18. Honey Walnut Power Salad

This honey walnut power salad is completely loaded with good stuff: edamame, grapes, blue cheese, bulgur, walnuts, spinach, and honey.

From: Pinch of Yum

19. Chicken Power Bowls with Crispy Baked Garbanzo Beans

Chicken Power Bowls with Crispy Baked Garbanzo Beans will keep you full for hours!

From: Iowa Girl Eats

20. Salmon Caesar Salad

Instead of chicken, top your caesar salad with roasted lemon salad then lastly add a little avocado because avocado is good in every salad. Other than those ingredients, you have your typical stuff like parmesan cheese, croutons and maybe some tomatoes.

From: Stuck on Sweet

21. Shrimp and Black Bean Salad with Cilantro, Cumin, and Lime

I love the combination of flavors in this Shrimp and Black Bean Salad with Cilantro, Cumin, and Lime, and this tasty salad is South Beach Diet Phase One and gluten-free. If you want a lower-carb salad, use more shrimp and peppers and less beans.

From: Kalyn’s Kitchen

22. Quinoa and Kale Protein

Quinoa, chickpeas and pistachios add protein and healthy fat to this seasonal kale salad, making it a favorite side dish or healthy vegetarian main meal.

From: Foodie Crush

23. Rainbow Power Salad

Team colourful nutritious vegies, such as broccoli and tomato, with chickpeas and low-GI freekeh to create this power-packed low-cal salad.


24. Wild Rice and Sweet Potato Salad with a Chili-Lime Vinaigrette

This healthy and delicious salad has ‘fall’ written all over it! Roasted sweet potatoes, carrots, peppers, celery, onions and wild rice are tossed in a chili-lime vinaigrette.

From: Sweet Peas and Saffron


26. Israeli Couscous Salad With Broccoli, Chickpeas, and Pesto

Mixed with roasted broccoli (or your preferred veggie of choice—asparagus would be great for spring), roasted chickpeas, and chewy Israeli couscous, this is a dish that is sure to satisfy. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

From: Double Thyme

27. Lean Green Power Salad

Why not whip up a kale salad packed with fresh avocado, quinoa, pomegranate seeds, pecans and crumbly goat cheese along with a wonderfully tart Meyer lemon vinaigrette? It’s the perfect dish for a light but substantial lunch or dinner.

From: NatureBox

28. Southwestern Kale Power Salad with Sweet Potato, Quinoa & Avocado Sauce

Healthy kale and quinoa power salad with spicy sweet potato, black beans and creamy avocado sauce. This gluten-free (and easily vegan) salad packs well for lunch, too!

From: Cookie and Kate

29. Edamame Chickpea Power Salad

The combination of toasted chickpeas, chewy edamame, crunchy apples and cashews paired with the creamy avocado-lime dressing is deeee-licious. If you need/want to make other substitutions, pears would be a great sub for the apples.

From: 86 Lemons

30. Salmon Salad Power Veggie Bowls

Power veggie bowls feature fresh salmon with raspberry balsamic glaze. This paleo salad recipe is packed with flavor, good fats, and amazing antioxidants!

From: Cotter Crunch

31. Kale Superfood Salad with Quinoa and Blueberries

This Kale Superfood Salad packs a nutritional punch! Quinoa, blueberries, and avocado bring lots of flavor to this healthy make ahead lunch.

From: Kristine’s Kitchen

32. Very Berry Spinach Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette

Power salad loaded with delicious sweet berries, baby spinach, sliced almonds, and crumbles of feta. Then tossed with homemade sweet and tangy raspberry vinaigrette!

From: Little Broken

33. Power Salad with Jalapeno Dressing

Power Salads are a great boost to help you get through the week. If you need that extra boost at work today, consider this salad!

From: Bakers Royale

34. Quinoa Spinach Power Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

Quinoa Spinach Power Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette: Take a bite into this refreshing, gluten-free quinoa and spinach salad bursting with colourful tomatoes, cucumbers and raisins.

From: Ahead of Thyme

35. Brain Power Salad (Spinach Salad with Salmon, Avocado and Blueberries)

This Brain Power Salad (Spinach Salad with Salmon, Avocado and Blueberries) is full of delicious ingredients that you and your brain will love!

From: Gimme Some Oven

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