Salads are an easy way to minimize calories at a meal, and maximize nutrients.

We love topping greens with chicken or lean beef to make a salad hearty enough to be a main course. Browse through these salad recipes to choose your main dish, then pick from the suggested side dishes, desserts or drinks to round out your 500-calorie meal.

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Pictured Recipe: Chopped Greek Salad with Chicken

Chopped Greek Salad with Chicken

343 calories
Chicken turns this Greek-inspired salad into a substantial main course. To round out your 500-calorie meal, serve with one from each group:

Pictured Recipe: Grapefruit Chicken Satay Salad

Grapefruit Chicken Satay Salad

313 calories
This tossed salad borrows the basic flavors of Thai satay and turns them into a rich and satisfying entree salad. To round out your 500-calorie meal, serve with one from each group:

Pictured Recipe: Chicken, Charred Tomato & Broccoli Salad

Chicken, Charred Tomato & Broccoli Salad

231 calories
This simple but substantial main-course salad gets its goodness from smoky skillet-blackened tomatoes and a dressing prepared right in the pan-maximizing all the flavor from the tomatoes. To round out your 500-calorie meal, serve with one from each group:

  • Serve with:
  • Wild ricetossed with chopped fresh chives and a squeeze of lime (1/2 cup)
  • 83 calories
  • Warm whole-wheat pita bread
  • 74 calories

Pictured Recipe: Thai Beef Salad

Thai Beef Salad

226 calories
For the best taste, first sear the steak, then let it sit overnight in the marinade before tossing it with the greens. To round out your 500-calorie meal, serve with one from each group:

Pictured Recipe: Asian-Style Grilled Tofu with Greens

Asian-Style Grilled Tofu with Greens

242 calories
Asian greens are slightly more bitter than many spring greens and stand up well to this aromatic, vinegary dressing. To round out your 500-calorie meal, serve with one from each group:

Pictured Recipe: Smoky Corn & Black Bean Pizza

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