While most of us will admit to at least trying to be healthier when the New Year rolls around, we're not entirely ready to replace our mac 'n' cheese and lasagna cravings for baked chicken with a side of steamed veggies. Luckily, we have the perfect solution: healthy chicken salad recipes that are packed with flavor and will keep you satiated all day long—they'll even solve your sad desk lunch dilemma. Far from the classic combo of lettuce, tomato, and chicken, these salads are inventive and will transport you around the globe, from Mexico to Greece. We promise that salads shouldn't be reserved for summer only, and these recipes are proof.
Move over, sad desk lunch. If you were ever under the impression that salads were a summer affair, think again. This hearty peachy chipotle chicken salad is packed with rice and avocado to keep you satiated, and it's full of flavor. The bonus? A touch of pan-fried halloumi will give you the cheesy goodness you probably crave.
This Mediterranean chicken and farro salad will have you dreaming of summer in the Greek isles—while keeping you full and satisfied all winter long. The mix of farro, kalamata olives, peperoncini, and marinated artichokes is the all-season mix you need.
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Our favorite salads are the ones that feel more like a full meal, and this one definitely fits the bill. This loaded BBQ chicken salad is packed with the full rainbow of vegetables on a bed of quinoa and is topped with honey BBQ–glazed chicken and Greek-yogurt ranch dressing. You know you want it.
A flavorful salad that contains soft-boiled eggs, pine nuts, and crumbled feta? Sign us up. This Greek gyro–inspired take on a Caesar salad is so healthy and well-balanced, it's worth throwing in the handful of Greek oven fries in the mix—because why not?
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This yummy lemon chicken sauté salad takes minutes to prepare, and it's delicious, too. Filled with cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, chickpeas, and red bell pepper, it's topped with non-fat Greek yogurt, fresh dill, and crumbled feta to taste.
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This allergy-free rosemary chicken salad with avocado and bacon comes straight from The Regency Hotel in New York, so you know it's tasty. It has just the right amount of healthy fat from the avocado and protein from the chicken—with a little bacon sprinkled on top because we all deserve it.