22 Main Event Salads to Clean Out Your Fridge

March 16, 2016

When the fridge starts to fill up with odds and ends, many creative cooks brilliantly turn to soup. But as the weather starts to inch its way to spring, you might want to actually chew your dinner and give soup a rest. The main event salad is here for you.

Combining all of your dinner components (grains, vegetables, and proteins) in one tidy vessel, they can be thoughtfully composed affairs—or mish-mashes that are happy to absorb all the dregs from the week's previous meals.

So clean out your fridge—and usher in spring—with these 22 main-course salads:

What are your go-to main event salads? Tell us in the comments!

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Annie Crabill

Written by: Annie Crabill