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Grain-Based Salads That Seriously Satisfy

Filling Non-Salad Salads

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Not another #saddesksalad! Whether you're in a salad rut or just looking for something a little more filling and satisfying, these grain-based salads will fit the bill. Bases like farro, barley, quinoa, and orzo (yeh, it's a pasta, we know) are layered with familiar and surprising salad toppings that together will leave you full longer, and help you avoid that mid-afternoon need to munch. (Be sure to try these 10 New Ways to Eat Quinoa too.)

Greek Shrimp Farro Bowl

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If you've never given farro a try, this pretty bowl of goodness will have you stopping by the grocery store on your way home tonight. Farro has basically zero fat, is a great source of fiber, and even better source of bone-boosting calcium. It's a little denser than brown rice and is a bit more substantial than quinoa. This farro bowl takes only 35 minutes to make—perfect for meal-prep days. Obsessed? Try these Healthy Recipes Featuring High-Fiber Foods.)

Get the recipe: Greek Shrimp Farro Bowl

Photo: Impromptu Kitchen

Winter Kale and Wild Rice Salad

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The perfect mix of light and filling, this kale and rice salad makes for a satisfying lunch that will get you through a long day. Play around with your ingredients, like swapping kale for arugula, and apple for pear. Bonus: It's vegan and gluten free. (Related: 10 New Ways to Eat Kale)

Get the recipe: Winter Kale and Wild Rice Salad

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Green Goddess Glow Bowl

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Although we can't promise that you'll become a goddess after eating this Green Goddess Glow Bowl, we can predict that you might feel like one! Quinoa and edamame are both standout stars for plant-based protein options. Because let's be honest, sometimes you just can't imagine ordering another chicken salad for lunch.

Get the recipe: Green Goddess Glow Bowl

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Roasted Cauliflower, Beet, and Farro Salad

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A little of this hearty salad goes a long way. Farro has the sturdiness to stand up to several days in the fridge—making itself readily available for side dishes and big batches of this salad (ideal for lunch prep). Also, is there any better way to eat cauliflower than roasted to crispy perfection? Nope, didn't think so.

Get the recipe: Roasted Cauliflower, Beet, and Farro Salad

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Freekeh Salad With Roasted Kale and Cabbage

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This ancient grain (pronounced "free-keh") is super high in both protein and fiber and digests slowly so you won't hear your stomach growl for a 4 p.m. snack. If you're bored with quinoa and brown rice, this freekeh is a warm and delicious way to cook yourself out of the rut.

Get the recipe: Freekeh Salad with Roasted Kale and Cabbage

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Greek Super Grains Salad

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Crunchy veggies like tri-colored bell peppers and cucumber get tossed with chopped tomatoes feta and olives for traditional Greek flavors. Add quinoa (or the grain of your choice) and it's instantly elevated from a snack to this filling salad. A little red wine vinegar and quality olive oil and you're good to go.

Get the recipe: Greek Super Grains Salad

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Autumn Glow Salad with Lemon Dressing

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It doesn't have to be fall to eat this salad—in fact, we bet it will become a year-round staple in your house. Start with bulgar (or freekah or quinoa), add satisfying cauliflower, starchy sweet potatoes, crisp apples, and a to-die-for lemon dressing for an addicting grain-based salad.

Get the recipe: Autumn Glow Salad with Lemon Dressing

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Pineapple Black Bean Salad

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There's a really good chance you already have the ingredients for this salad on hand. A lime vinaigrette made with lime juice, honey, garlic, and olive oil is the perfect way to dress this grain-based salad that's a little bit sweet (thanks to juice pineapple) and a little bit savory (thanks to black beans and bulgar).

Get the recipe: Pineapple Black Bean Salad

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Quinoa Tabbouleh

mediterranean diet recipe for quinoa tabbouleh

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Traditionally, this Lebanese salad is made using bulgur wheat, but this version is entirely gluten-free. Everything else is the same, and oh-so-simple: tomatoes, onion, mint, parsley, lemon juice, and a splash of olive oil. Skip the expensive salad bar, and make this healthy recipe at home instead.

Get the recipe: Quinoa Tabbouleh

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Winter Salad with Roasted Grapes and Farro

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Once you try roasted grapes you might never go back. This technique brings out the grapes' natural flavors and sweetness and adds an interesting element to a typical salad. Butternut squash and farro fill you up, and creamy goat cheese and crunchy pecans top it all off!

Get the recipe: Winter Salad with Roasted Grapes and Farro

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