How to Eat Salad for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner (and Not Be Mad About It)

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Salad has come a long way — or maybe we’re the ones who have. While the words “finish your salad” followed many of us from meal to meal as children, we’ve thankfully grown out of our resistance to everything green, and our love for a big, hearty, leafy salad has grown massively since then. But, even if you love a good salad, odds are you haven’t eaten it for three square meals a day — until now, that is.

The Salad Lover’s Breakfast (pictured above)

When we say you should be eating green salads for breakfast, we’re not joking (and we’re not punishing you either). In fact, Food Network Kitchen has developed a fleet of hearty, satisfying (and green!) salads that start your day with a bang. Take the Greens, Grapes and Granola Breakfast Salad, which uses the crunchy breakfast staple to add texture, and has all the fruits, veggies and nutrients of your go-to green smoothie, too.

The Totally Loaded Salad Lunch

Your midday meal has to get you through the day, and this loaded, diner-style Chef’s Salad is just the thing. It packs on the protein with ham, turkey and beef so you will be far from hungry, and you could easily pack it up to eat later (with dressing on the side, of course).

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The Supper-Worthy Salad

Your last meal of the day is well-deserved, and Ree Drummond’s Perfect Spinach Salad is one that’s so much more than leafy greens. Graced with crispy bacon, filling hard-boiled eggs and meaty mushrooms, it’s satisfying and special enough to polish off your day.

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