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.


Super Berry Quinoa Salad

Try this simple quinoa-berry salad for a healthy, slightly-sweet take on lunch.

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.

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!


Thai Noodle Soup

Enjoy the rich flavors of your favorite Thai takeout at home—no cooking skills necessary! A pro tip from the recipe creator: If you love a strong onion flavor, leave some of the diced spring onion uncooked and sprinkle on top of the soup.

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.