They're perfect for lunch or a light dinner, or as a accompanying dish to any meal. And they just so happen to be pretty darn healthy. (Well, when done right.) Here are our favorite Greatist-approved healthy and easy recipes, soup and salad style.
Mixed Vegetable Salad Platter
Try serving this family-style salad as a side dish at your next dinner party — we promise no one will object.
Super Berry Quinoa Salad
Try this simple quinoa-berry salad for a healthy, slightly-sweet take on lunch.
Pesto Quinoa Salad
Whip up a big batch of this veggie-packed quinoa salad over the weekend to last you through the whole week!
Shredded Kale Salad with Avocado and Grapefruit
Here's one super-healthy salad that's not lacking in any kind of flavor.
Ginger, Quinoa, and Veggie Salad
Try this simple salad with festive red quinoa for a simple, healthy side dish any time of year.
Spicy Kale Salad
Kale is the perfect hearty fall green to use as a base for any seasonal salad. Try this easy option with freshly-grated pecorino cheese and red pepper flakes for lunch today!
Blueberry, Kale, and Quinoa Salad
This cold quinoa salad explodes with flavor thanks to blueberries, feta, and crunchy almonds.
Fresh Pea and Radish Salad
This super seasonal salad bursting with fresh flavors is perfect as a Memorial Day barbeque side dish.
Warm Quinoa Greek Salad
This recipe for a healthy (dressing-free!) quinoa salad is a perfect side dish without the added calories and carbohydrate-overload.
Chopped Mexican Salad
With just 10 minutes flat of prep time, this Mexican-inspired dish is a quick and healthy alternative to typical South of the Border fare.
California Spinach Salad
This spinach-based salad definitely brings a little California sunshine to any dinner table.
Mediterranean Cucumber Salad
Ready in under 10 minutes, our healthy Cucumber Salad makes the perfect quick and easy side for any warm weather meal.
Spinach and Israeli Couscous Salad
This spinach-packed grain dish makes for a healthy, no-fuss addition to any dinner table (or lunchbox).
Veggie-Packed Quinoa Salad
This veggie and protein-packed quinoa dish can is the perfect quick weeknight dinner or lunch on-the-go.
Carrot and Raisin Slaw
For a healthy picnic option, consider our super-light Carrot and Raisin Slaw.
Cherry Chicken Salad
Pack this chicken salad for any picnic. The little flavor kick from fresh cherry is a welcome delight for the tastebuds!
Chickpea, Kale, and Tomato Soup
Try this hearty and healthy chickpea and tomato soup for an easy mid-winter light lunch that will keep you full all afternoon long.
Tomato and Peach Gazpacho
This super easy chilled soup recipe is perfect for summer entertaining — and for using up local produce at the peak of the season!
Hearty Chicken and Vegetable Soup
This hearty classic chicken soup is full of flavor without taking too much time out of the day!
Creamy Sweet Potato Soup
It's official: Soup season is here! Ring in the cooler weather with this super simple creamy sweet potato soup.
Mushroom and Farro Soup
Dive spoon-first into soup season with this hearty mushroom and farro delight.
Quinoa and Vegetable Soup
This eight-ingredient quinoa soup is the perfect quick lunch or dinner for any blustery day.
Which one do you prefer: soup, or salad? Share with us in the comments below!