6 Protein-Heavy Salads to Make Your Desk Lunch Less Sad

To eat healthier, you don’t have to force-feed yourself green juice and rabbit food. Instead, try keeping yourself full and happy with protein-packed salads that are equally satisfying and healthy for desk lunches or dinners at home.

We’ve rounded up six of our favorite salad recipes — kicking off with the above Composed Mediterranean Chicken Salad filled with chicken, halloumi cheese, cucumbers and red peppers — and there’s plenty more where that came from with Cooking Channel’s other healthy lunch ideas.

BLT Steak Salad

Fight those sandwich cravings with Bobby Deen’s seared flank steak salad. Flavorful bites of pungent blue cheese, crisp turkey bacon and juicy tomatoes give every bite a unique texture and flavor combination.

Pulled Pork Cobb Salad with Cornbread Croutons

Take the leftovers from taco night or that batch of slow-cooker pulled pork and transform them into a Mexican-inspired cobb salad. It gets four doses of protein from shredded pork, beans, bacon and eggs.

Tuna and Bean Salad

This simple salad has only four main ingredients — cannellini beans, lemon, tuna and celery — and comes together in a flash. With an oil-based dressing instead of mayonnaise, you’ll feel good about eating it, too — just watch out for co-workers who disapprove of fish for lunch.

Curried Chicken Salad

Tangy Greek yogurt bulks up the dressing for curry-spiced chicken salad with grapes and almonds. Serve it on top of your favorite mixed greens.

Mediterranean Shrimp and Orzo Salad

Kelsey Nixon proves that you can have pasta and still eat healthy with her Mediterranean shrimp and orzo salad. Cucumbers, tomatoes, dill and red onions give it pops of color and flavor — and make it super Instagram-ready.

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More salad ideas from our friends:

Homemade Delish: Napa Cabbage, Mango and Bacon Salad
Dishin & Dishes: Buddha Power Bowl
Creative Culinary: Iceberg Wedge Salad with Bacon, Croutons and Buttermilk Herb Dressing
Napa Farmhouse 1885: Green Salad With Emerald Green Vinaigrette
Red or Green: Southwest Salad With Ranch Salsa Dressing
Healthy Eats: Balance Spring Meals with These Leafy Green Side Salads
TasteBook: The Ultimate Green Salad
Taste with the Eyes: Blackened Barramundi Salad, Blackberry Vinaigrette
The Mom 100: Pea Shoot Salad with Shrimp, Goat Cheese and Citrus Vinaigrette
FN Dish: How to Eat Salad for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner (and Not Be Mad About It)