Last Minute Main Dish Salad Recipes

Apple Pecan Chicken Salad. Linda Larsen

My collection of Last Minute Recipes continues to grow. In the summer, it's smart to keep some key ingredients for salads on hand at all times. I always have some mixed greens, baby spinach, cooked chicken, veggies, and salad dressings on hand so I can make a main dish salad when it's just too hot to cook.

All of these salads can be served as soon as they're combined, or you can cover and chill them for enjoying later in the day.

And remember, with salads you can always delete some ingredients and add your favorites. If you just had a bumper crop of peas, add them to any salad, or if some heirloom tomatoes caught your eye in the Farmer's Market, build a salad around them!

Last Minute Main Dish Salad Recipes

  • Chicken Tortellini Salad
    I like using a rotisserie chicken for this easy salad recipe. It's so easy to shred those tender chickens, and they're always seasoned to perfection. Add any other veggies you'd like to this excellent recipe.
  • Caesar Chicken Salad
    Just a few ingredients and a couple of minutes on the grill and you can be enjoying this delicious main dish salad. Try making it with pork or shrimp too!
  • Apple Pecan Chicken Salad
    This fabulous recipe combines some of my favorite flavors: crunchy, juicy and sweet tart apples, tender chicken, and crisp pecans. It's spectacular and quick!
  • Ranch Ham Salad
    Another five ingredient recipe! All you have to do is cook some pasta, cut up some ham and cheese, then toss all the goodies together. Yum.
  • Italian Bread Salad
    Chewy Boboli pizza crust is the focus of this super easy and quick recipe. You can toast the cubes if you'd like for even more texture contrast. And add any vegetable you'd like!
  • Canadian Bacon and Peach Salad
    Canadian bacon provides salty, chewy bits of goodness next to juicy peaches and tender lettuce in this super quick five ingredient main dish salad recipe.
  • Salmon Coleslaw Salad
    You can make your own coleslaw, or use your favorite deli slaw in this super easy and delicious recipe. Try it with tuna too!
  • Lemony Tuna and Orzo Salad
    I love those pouches of marinated tuna. The fish is firmer and very flavorful and adds a great twist to any sandwich or salad.
  • Curried Shrimp Salad
    This completely no-cook salad is elegant and fresh, perfect for company. You could also use ham or cooked chicken instead of the shrimp if you'd like.
  • Tabbouleh Cheese Salad
    Tabbouleh is made from cracked wheat, which is soaked in hot water to soften. It's chewy and rich tasting, and delicious combined with soft cheese and juicy tomatoes.