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5 Delicious Dinner Salads

Written by Dawn Jackson Blatner, RD 

It's week 3 of our National Salad Month celebration, and it's all about simple and satisfying salad ideas for dinner. No skimpy or wimpy salads here! If you are looking for even more ideas, DOLE Salads has an online recipe library that offers serving suggestions, entertaining tips and fun ways to enjoy your greens beyond just putting them in a salad bowl. In the meantime, try these dinner winners!

Kale Caesar with Sliced Grilled Steak
Calories: 420
Serves: 1 


  • 3 cups prepared DOLE Kale Caesar Salad Kit
  • 2 ounces grilled lean steak, sliced

Combine ingredients and toss together.

Nutrition Info:
420 calories, 26g total fat, 7g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 65mg cholesterol, 890mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate, 3g fiber, 3g sugar, 25g protein, vitamin A 90%, vitamin C 60%, calcium 30%, iron 20%

Greens & Guac Baked Nachos
Calories: 410
Serves: 1


  • 3 6-inch corn tortillas, sliced into 6 triangles each
  • Cooking spray
  • 1/3 avocado, cubed
  • 1/2 lime, juiced
  • dash of sea salt
  • 2 cups DOLE Baby Spinach, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup canned black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 Tablespoons pico de gallo
  • 2 Tablespoons low-fat shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 Tablespoons plain 2% Greek yogurt

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Mist baking sheet & tortilla strips with cooking spray and bake for 15 minutes or until crisp. Mix together avocado, lime juice and salt to make guacamole. Pile baked tortilla chips on a plate and top with DOLE Baby Spinach, beans, pico de gallo, cheese, yogurt and guacamole.

Nutrition Info:
410 calories, 13g total fat, 2.5g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 5mg cholesterol, 770mg sodium, 66g carbohydrate, 17g fiber, 6g sugar, 17g protein, vitamin A 40%, vitamin C 40%, calcium 20%, iron 25%

Grilled Salmon Tacos
Calories: 400
Serves: 1


  • 4 ounces raw salmon fillet, skin removed
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder, divided
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 lime, juiced (about 2 Tablespoons)
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 cup DOLE Classic Coleslaw
  • 3 6-inch corn tortillas, grilled
  • 3 Tablespoons pico de gallo

Season salmon with 1/8 teaspoon chili powder. Heat grill pan over medium-high heat,  mist with cooking spray and grill salmon for 8 minutes, flipping once, until thoroughly cooked. Using a fork, flake salmon into large pieces and set aside. In small bowl, whisk together lime, honey and remaining 1/8 teaspoon chili powder and toss with DOLE Classic Coleslaw. Top each grilled tortilla evenly with salmon, slaw and 1 Tablespoon pico de gallo.

Nutrition Info (3 tacos):
400 calories, 11g total fat, 2g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 80mg cholesterol, 190mg sodium, 42g carbohydrate, 6g fiber, 7g sugar, 34g protein, vitamin A 20%, vitamin C 50%, calcium 10%, iron 10%

Spinach Walnut Pesto Pasta
Calories: 390
Serves: 1 (plus extra pesto for future use)


  • 4 cups DOLE Baby Spinach, divided
  • 1 cup fresh basil, packed  (.75 ounce container)
  • 1 lemon, juiced (about 3 Tablespoons)
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped walnuts
  • pinch of sea salt, to taste
  • 2 ounces dry quinoa pasta, cooked
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • Optional garnish: grated parmesan cheese

In food processor, puree 3 cups DOLE Baby Spinach, basil, lemon juice, olive oil, walnuts and pinch of salt, until smooth. Toss half of the pesto (about 1/3 cup) with cooked pasta and fold in remaining spinach & tomatoes. Save remaining pesto in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Nutrition Info:
390 calories, 17g total fat, 2g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 0mg cholesterol, 180mg sodium, 58g carbohydrate, 8g fiber, 4g sugar, 7g protein, vitamin A 70%, vitamin C 50%, calcium 8%, iron 25%

Chia Slaw Turkey Burger w/ Carrot Fries
Calories: 410
Serves: 1


  • 2 medium carrots, thinly sliced into fry shape
  • cooking spray
  • sea salt & black pepper, to taste
  • 1 Tablespoon plain 2% Greek Yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon honey
  • 1 cup DOLE Classic Coleslaw
  • 1 whole grain English muffin, split & toasted
  • 3 ounce cooked lean ground turkey burger

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Place carrots on a baking sheet, mist with cooking spray and season with salt and pepper. Roast for 25 minutes. In small bowl, whisk together yogurt, chia seeds, vinegar, honey and toss with DOLE Classic Coleslaw. Top English muffin with turkey burger and coleslaw. Serve with carrot fries.

Nutrition Info:
410 calories, 13g total fat, 3g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 90mg cholesterol, 570mg sodium, 44g carbohydrate, 10g fiber, 14g sugar, 31g protein, vitamin A 430%, vitamin C 50%, calcium 30%, iron 20%

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