Here’s a hand-picked collection of unique and hearty meal-sized salad recipes.

Salads are rarely the star of the meal, but these recipes command the spotlight. They offer twists on traditional greenery and are filling enough to be a main course—think ingredients like clams or bacon.We’re kicking off this list with a Grilled Lamb Loin Salad recipe from Black and Blue chef Zuzana Harsaghy who will be appearing at the Vancouver Home and Design Show in late October. She’ll be hitting the Vancouver Magazine Cooking Stage with her expert presentation along with other local chefs, butchers, and bakers.

1. Grilled Lamb Loin Salad

2. Kale and Brussels Sprout Salad

3. Market Potato Salad with Bacon

4. Chicken and Lemongrass Salad with Clams

5. Spicy Chicken, Mango and Cucumber Salad