Three Hearty Salad Recipes for Dinner Tonight

butternut squash kale cannellini salad

I never used to enjoy salads. Really. Where I grew up in the U.S. they always seemed so blah….iceberg lettuce, tomato wedges and such. But as an adult I became a salad fanatic. Why? Because I discovered main course salads can be so much more than lettuce and other assorted veggies. I love roasted vegetable salads, salads with beans and lentils, salads with crunchy seeds and nuts and anything featuring cheese like feta or haloumi. And nowadays, salad often features as a go-to dinner for me on an average weeknight. So, I am sharing with you my three favorite hearty salad recipes for dinner tonight. And the best thing about hearty salads for dinner? That virtuous feeling you get knowing you are doing your body good. Enjoy.


About Joanna Hutchins

Joanna Hutchins is a culinary travel blogger based in Shanghai, China.. In 2009, Joanna founded Accidental Epicurean, a culinary travel blog focused on Asia. Joanna is also a contributor to CNNGo, Look East magazine, SE Asia Globe and Two magazine.


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  1. w. 2 October 2012

    Oh yum I love roasted broccoli and that last salad especially looks amazing! In anticipation of the Christmas/NYE/CNY overeating season, I’ve been trying to eat a little healthier at home, so this post has come at a perfect time – just as I’ve started to tire of my usual roster of salads to make. Thanks! 🙂

  2. B 2 October 2012

    There is kale in the butternut squash salad, but in the recipes the kale appears in the broccoli salad recipe… I am confused… is everything mix and match-able?

  3. Joanna 5 October 2012 — Post Author

    Glad you enjoyed the recipes 🙂 they are distinct recipes, meaning nothing is interchangeable. Of course I often adjust different things in copes to mat h my tastes, which you should always feel free to do.

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