Salads can be so much more than just dressed leaves. Take a look at our picks for fresh inspiration

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Whatever style of cuisine you prefer and whatever global flavours you're a fan of, there's a salad to satisfy your appetite. These ones are all filling enough to serve for lunch or dinner – and they also happen to be delicious.


1. Asparagus, halloumi and Mediterranean zesty salad

Mint, cucumber and halloumi give a Cypriot feel to this tangy salad, while sumac adds a hint of Middle Eastern flavour. It’s served with toasted pitta strips and tastes even better eaten alfresco on a sunny afternoon.


2. Tuna Niçoise pasta salad

In a twist on the traditional Niçoise, pasta and rocket leaves replace new potatoes and green beans. The rest of the ingredients include tuna, cherry tomatoes, black olives and boiled eggs, so it’s a protein-packed, nutritious dish.


3. Warm chicken salad with melted cheese croutes

Chicken and avocado go beautifully together and this warm, delicious salad also includes sweet roasted tomatoes and peppers. A honey and balsamic dressing and a mozzarella-topped croûte finish this filling dish to perfection.


4. Peach, pancetta and mozzarella salad

Flavours of Italy feature in this fruity salad where the peach is cooked with the pancetta until slightly caramelised. Baked ciabatta pieces added at the end soak up the mustardy mint and lemon dressing.


5. Warm lamb and rice salad

Roasted tomatoes and grilled halloumi are served with fresh herbs, salad leaves, aubergine and cooked lamb. Served with microwaveable rice and pitta pockets, it’s ready to eat in just 15 minutes.


6. Malaysian-style salad

This gorgeous chicken salad has a satay-style dressing and the limes and chilli give a hot-and-sour flavour, too. It’s packed with veggies and the ready-cooked rice noodles mean this is a doddle to make. 


7. LA-style all-green salad

Lentils add a wholesome hit of protein and the broccoli and asparagus are lightly steamed to maintain crunch in this deliciously virtuous salad.


8. Mediterranean salad

Quinoa is the trendy base for this healthier dish, and it's paired with watercress, beetroot and avocado for a wholesome meal. The salad is topped with a tangy red-wine dressing with dried blueberries and pumpkin seeds for added texture.