Satisfying Salads — Meatless Monday

Food stylist: Cyd McDowell
Prop Stylist: Marina Malchin

WARM_BEET_SALAD_013.tif

Food stylist: Cyd McDowell Prop Stylist: Marina Malchin

Photo by: Antonis Achilleos

Antonis Achilleos

If your New Year’s resolution is to eat smarter in 2012, it’s no secret that fresh fruits, vegetables, substantial proteins and healthful whole grains will become your best food friends this year. For a light meal that is easy to make and incorporates those hearty grains and good-for-you veggies, try serving a few simple yet satisfying salads in place of a traditional, heavy meal. Ditch those basic leafy green salads and opt for ones that boast interesting ingredients and textures.

Food Network Magazine’s Warm Beet-Orange Salad (pictured above) is packed with such in-season eats as tender roasted beets and bright citrus. Toasted walnuts add a welcome crunch to this colorful plate.

FOODNETWORK_20081002_180.tif

Try a Bulgur Salad (pictured above) from Food Network Magazine to experience this fiber-rich whole wheat that will fill you up for hours. Top with briny black olives and chopped cucumber to enjoy this go-to dish that is ready in just 25 minutes.

Meatless Monday , an international movement, encourages people everywhere to cut meat one day a week for personal and planetary health. Browse more Meatless Monday recipes.

Next Up

Skillet Lasagna — Meatless Monday

Prepare Food Network Magazine's lasagna on the stove and serve with Giada's Mixed Green Salad With Sherry Vinaigrette and Rachael's Garlic Bread.

Roasted Zucchini Flatbread — Meatless Monday

Learn how to make this Roasted Zucchini Flatbread for Meatless Monday.

Ina’s Zucchini Gratin — Meatless Monday

Ina uses zucchini as a seasonal vegetable to replace potato in her gratin. When baked, this dish gets a beautiful golden crust from breadcrumbs and Gruyère cheese.

Skillet Lasagna with Butternut Squash — Meatless Monday

This easy-to-make lasagna from Food Network Magazine comes together in only 35 minutes, all thanks to a few welcome shortcuts.

Fettuccini Alfredo With Zucchini Ribbons — Meatless Monday

Ellie uses low-fat milk to lighten up this decadent dish, but she adds garlic and creamy parmesan cheese to maintain its full flavors and traditional textures.

Whole-Wheat Cherry Tomato Zucchini Pan Pizza — Meatless Monday

Fresh summer produce stars in this cheesy, meatless pan pizza.

Slow-Cooker Lasagna with Spinach and Mushrooms — Meatless Monday

Yes, it's possible to make lasagna on a hectic weeknight. All you need is a trusty slow cooker to help you.

Lentil Quinoa Salad — Meatless Monday

Try Food Network's Magazine's Quinoa and Bean Pilaf for a protein-packed vegetarian meal on Meatless Monday.

Chunky Egg Salad — Meatless Monday

The key to this good-for-you recipe is slicing the eggs coarsely instead of chopping them finely.

Vegetarian Chef's Salad — Meatless Monday

Food Network Magazine's Vegetarian Chef's Salad is a satisfying main dish packed with hearty ingredients and bold flavors.