Kick Start Healthy with These 12 Easy Sides – Just Add Protein!

Eating healthier has never been easier than with these delicious side dishes and salads. Here are 12 of our favorite side dishes!

Southwest Quinoa Salad

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Southwest Quinoa Salad is loaded with protein thanks to the superfoods of quinoa and black beans. This is a delicious dish that will keep you satisfied for the entire day!

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Chickpea Pasta Salad

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Chickpea Pasta Salad is a healthy spin on the classic side dish. It’s a quick and easy no bake dish that is guaranteed to please a crowd. 

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Greek Quinoa Salad

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Greek quinoa salad is a healthy protein packed salad that’s loaded with cucumbers, tomatoes, bell peppers, and olives. It’s an easy to make dish that is is super flavorful and bright colors!

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Sliced Tomato and Onion Salad

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This simple sliced tomato and onion salad comes together almost instantly with just about 10 minutes of effort. You can use any tomato and onion, so feel free to use whatever you have. The simple balsamic vinaigrette takes the whole thing over the top!

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Arugula Spinach Salad with Winter Citrus

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Arugula is tossed with fresh baby spinach and topped with thinly sliced sweet onions, sweet winter citrus, and a super simple homemade vinaigrette. It’s a simple, tasty, and vibrant salad that can be prepped in just 10 minutes!

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Peach Caprese Salad

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Sweet, juicy peaches, summery tomatoes, slices of avocado, fresh basil, creamy burrata, and a drizzle of olive oil are all that is needed to create this fresh, colorful peach caprese salad in just 5 minutes! Serve with grilled steak, chicken, salmon, as a side with your next cheeseburger, or on its own as a light dinner or refreshing summertime lunch!

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Protein Power

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Level up your side dish with these easy protein recipes.

Tomato and Red Pepper Salad

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The bold flavors of fresh tomatoes and peppers are a match made in heaven in this easy tomato and red pepper salad. It’s such a refreshing late-summer side dish, and the cumin adds a depth that can’t be beaten.

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Mediterranean Red Bean Salad

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With fresh produce and simple ingredients, this Mediterranean bean salad is a satisfying and fillingsalad that should definitely be served at your next outdoor bbq and picnic. Serve with grilled chicken, fish, or shrimp, or simply enjoy as a quick and easy go-to lunch!

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Asian Cucumber Salad

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This Asian cucumber salad TikTok recipe features crunchy cucumber springs tossed in a sesame soy dressing. It’s fun, easy, and absolutely delicious!

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Baby Kale Salad

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The best tasting recipe for a quick and easy baby kale salad! Tossed in a simple tahini dressing and topped with roasted BBQ chickpeas and apple slices, it’s a complete plant-based meal with little effort.

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Sweet Potato Kale Salad

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This kale salad is a delicious and healthy salad recipe that is sure to become a new favorite. The sweet potatoes are oven roasted to perfection, giving them a crispy exterior and a soft, fluffy inside. There are chickpeas added for a boost of protein, making this salad a complete meal. You will love that this easy kale salad is bursting with flavor and texture.

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Beet Salad with Feta

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This beet salad with feta cheese is a truly delicious and impressive dish using simple ingredients. Cooked beets, crumbled feta and pistachios come together with fresh herbs and a lemon olive oil dressing to enjoy as a side salad or light meal.

Get the Recipe: Beet Salad with Feta

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  • Ali Van Straten

    Ali Van Straten is the founder and journalist of Champagne and Coffee Stains. She is a Peloton expert, certified running coach and certified nutrition coach. Champagne and Coffee Stains provides information and resources on Peloton Interactive, running and recipes.

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