Healthy Proteins to Add Some Power to Your Salad

By: Charlotte Fisher

Say "bye-bye" to wimpy greens and "hello" to healthy proteins to power up your salad.

chicken caprese pasta salad in glass food storage container

Salads are a great way to eat more veggies, but greens alone do not make a satisfying meal. They'll just leave you feeling hungry. Say "bye-bye" to wimpy greens and "hello" to healthy proteins to power up your salad. Protein-rich foods like chicken, eggs and chickpeas can beef up even the simplest base of leafy greens. Protein helps to build muscles and sticks around long after you've eaten to help you feel full and energized. High-protein diets have been linked to lower BMIs and smaller waists.

Salads with Staying Power: High-Protein Salad Recipes
Pictured recipe: Chicken Caprese Pasta Salad Bowls
Start with some greens, sprinkle in chopped veggies for color and crunch, add your protein, some whole grains, salad dressing and you're good to go. Use this list of healthy high-protein salad toppers as a guide for how much protein to add to your salad.
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Cooked Chicken Breast

3 ounces = 26 grams of protein


1/2 cup = 7 grams of protein

Black Beans

1/2 cup = 7 grams of protein

Sliced Turkey

3 ounces = 19 grams of protein

Cooked Egg

1 large egg = 6 grams of protein

Cooked Shrimp

4 ounces = 23 grams of protein


2 ounces = 10 grams of protein

Shredded Cheddar

1/3 cup shredded cheese = 6 grams of protein

Salad Dressing

Don't forget the dressing! You can make your own dressing or buy a store-bought dressing with a short ingredient list.

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