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22 Main Event Salads to Clean Out Your Fridge

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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.

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

Warm Farro with Mushrooms and Crispy Beets
Warm Farro with Mushrooms and Crispy Beets
Chickpea "Tuna" Salad
Chickpea "Tuna" Salad
Pearl Couscous with Roasty Roots, Chickpeas, and Pepitas
Pearl Couscous with Roasty Roots, Chickpeas, and Pepitas
Carrot, Lentil, and Feta Salad
Carrot, Lentil, and Feta Salad
Chicken Caesar Salad with Anchovy-Caesar Vinaigrette and Garlic-Parmesan Croutons
Chicken Caesar Salad with Anchovy-Caesar Vinaigrette and Garlic-Parmesan Croutons
Farro Salad with Onion Confit, Persimmon, and Arugula
Farro Salad with Onion Confit, Persimmon, and Arugula
Chicken and Radicchio Salad  with Pickled Raisins and Walnuts
Chicken and Radicchio Salad with Pickled Raisins and Walnuts
Moro's Warm Squash & Chickpea Salad with Tahini
Moro's Warm Squash & Chickpea Salad with Tahini
Bloody Mary Steak Salad
Bloody Mary Steak Salad
Roasted Potato Salad with Mustard-Walnut Vinaigrette
Roasted Potato Salad with Mustard-Walnut Vinaigrette
Spiced Beet Salad with Citrus-Ginger Dressing
Spiced Beet Salad with Citrus-Ginger Dressing
Roasted Chickpea Salad with Za'atar
Roasted Chickpea Salad with Za'atar
Jeffrey Alford and Naomi Duguid's Luang Prabang Fusion Salad
Jeffrey Alford and Naomi Duguid's Luang Prabang Fusion Salad
Heidi Swanson's Mostly Olive Salad, With Some Farro
Heidi Swanson's Mostly Olive Salad, With Some Farro
The Greeny Bowl
The Greeny Bowl
The Silver Palate's Turkey Hash Salad
The Silver Palate's Turkey Hash Salad
French Lentil and Arugula Salad with Herbed Cashew Cheese
French Lentil and Arugula Salad with Herbed Cashew Cheese
Tarragon Potato Salad with Cured Salmon and Lemon Vinaigrette
Tarragon Potato Salad with Cured Salmon and Lemon Vinaigrette
Cauliflower Fennel Salad with Roasted Lemon & Shallot Salsa Verde
Cauliflower Fennel Salad with Roasted Lemon & Shallot Salsa Verde
Radish and Pecan Grain Salad
Radish and Pecan Grain Salad
Everything I Want to Eat Quinoa and Lentil Salad
Everything I Want to Eat Quinoa and Lentil Salad
Lobios Salad (Spiced Kidney Beans with Herbs and Feta)
Lobios Salad (Spiced Kidney Beans with Herbs and Feta)

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


Tags: dregs, grains, roasted vegetables