It’s nothing new to get a little hungry while scrolling through your TikTok feed. But the latest food trend appearing on For You Pages is a little greener than candy-coated “crack grapes” or baked oatmeal. Huge dinner-sized salads are taking over TikTok and some of the quick and easy dinner ideas look almost too good to eat.
But these giant bowls of greens aren’t your average salad bar. Instead, TikTokers are creating special salads that serve as a complete meal with carbs, fats, veggies and protein. Corn, sunflower seeds, tomatoes, chicken, turkey, chickpeas, cheese and more – these foodies are here to taste everything you can imagine. I can be mixed into a salad.
From classics like Greek salad or Caesar salad to summer salads made with kale, macaroni, goat cheese and more, Yahoo Life spoke to TikTokers who are changing the salad game through their viral videos. Curious what to make for dinner tonight? These types of “big salads” can be the perfect way to please everyone at your dinner table.
Vegan chickpea salad
For those who follow plant-based diets but still want fillings and delicious salads that serve as a complete meal, Danielle Brown is changing the game. On her account, @healthygirlkitchen, nearly two million TikTok users watch Brown create healthy plant-based meals that are not only easy to make, but delicious.
One of her most popular salads is the Vegan BBQ Chopped Chickpea Salad, inspired by one of her favorite restaurant dishes. “This BBQ Chopped Chickpea Salad is a completely vegan version of a BBQ Chicken Salad,” Brown told Yahoo Life. “I always used to order the barbecue chicken salad at California Pizza Kitchen and this salad is inspired by it.”
“I knew I had to figure out a way to make a meatless version,” she says. “I used chickpeas because they are high in protein, healthy and they look great in salads.”
To make Brown’s vegan version of a restaurant favorite, combine lettuce, cherry tomatoes, corn, cilantro, chickpeas (sautéed in BBQ sauce), avocado, corn chips, red onion, and vegan dressing.
Darlene Schrijver-Hunkapiller, the creator behind The Salad Lab, took a popular sandwich style and gave it a salad-style makeover.
“The original grinder was a [deli] sandwich topped with shredded iceberg lettuce and tossed in a red wine vinaigrette based on garlic mayonnaise, some Italian spices, and sometimes chopped banana peppers or pepperoncini,” says Schrijver-Hunkapiller of the New England staple, typically served in a long roll reminiscent of Italian bread. “I thought, ‘Why not turn the whole sandwich into a salad?’ Because that’s what I do.”
Schrijver-Hunkapiller’s viral salad, which has garnered over a million views, contains mayonnaise, spices, red onion, banana pepper, red wine vinegar, iceberg lettuce, croutons, tomato, cucumber, red peppers, cheese and Italian cold cuts.
“I think it resonated so well with a lot of people because most of the ingredients are staples that we keep in the fridge and pantry anyway,” she says. “And who doesn’t like a good Italian sandwich?”
Chicken salad with avocado
Shantelle Amigable, known as @ChipsInASandwich to her nearly 600,000 TikTok followers, created a recipe for a chicken and avocado salad that has received over 15 million views.
Made with diced bell peppers, cucumber, tomato, onion, avocado and herbs, along with quinoa, chicken and a lemon hummus sauce, it’s definitely worth scoring.
“When I think of the perfect salad, I think of colorful [and] big with the right amount of equal parts vegetables, grains, protein and healthy fats,” she shares. “I love avocados. I love quinoa. I love tomatoes. So when I got to that, I almost wanted to imitate a salsa or a sauce that I could easily eat by the spoonful without any guilt.”
The best part of this salad? Amigable says it can be stored in the fridge for three to four days without changing the taste.
The salad “Jennifer Aniston”
Ariana Negri, who posts on TikTok as @the_bottomlesspit, has recreated popular recipes from Friends before, but one of his most recent creations is a version of the salad allegedly consumed daily by Jennifer Aniston on the set of the popular sitcom.
“I found several variations of the recipe on the internet and decided to make my own version,” says Negri. “I never imagined my video would go viral.”
“As for the recipe itself, it’s very easy to make because in addition to cooking the quinoa, all the other ingredients are raw,” he continues. “The salad is also gluten-free and vegetarian, so it’s very affordable. The freshness of the cucumber combined with the pickled red onion and the salty feta cheese is a match made in heaven.”
To make Negri’s version of an Aniston classic, combine chickpeas, cucumbers, parsley, mint, feta cheese, pickled red onions, pistachios, quinoa, salt, pepper, balsamic vinegar, and olive oil. Another version of the trendy salad, shared by food blogger Eating Bird Food, substitutes balsamic for lemon juice in the dressing.
chopped mediterranean salad
Kathleen Ashmore, the personality behind @KatCanCook, is known for easy, healthy recipes that can take any meal from dull to fabulous. As part of her “Hungry Lady Salad” series, Ashmore created a chopped Mediterranean salad with roasted red pepper sauce that nearly broke the internet. The salad garnered over five million views on TikTok, leading to Ashmore’s recipe being featured on The Rachael Ray Show.
“The bandage is really where the magic is,” she says. “I love experimenting with using ingredients like avocado, nut butter and leafy greens as a base for a sauce, and I realized that roasted red peppers would give so much body and flavor with a tangy sweetness already built in.”
The beautiful salad includes romaine lettuce, cabbage, red onion, cherry tomatoes, parsley, green olives, mozzarella cheese and chickpeas. To make the sauce, mix roasted red peppers, garlic, honey, balsamic vinegar and olive oil and season to taste.
“The best part is that the sauce has only five ingredients,” she adds, “and it’s ready in less than 30 seconds in a blender.”
Arash Hashemi, founder of @KetoRecipes, is known for his “low carb salads” developed during his weight loss journey. Since Hashemi decided to share his salad creations with the world, one of his most popular has been a low-carb tabbouleh salad, which has nearly three million views.
For the recipe, Hashemi shares a hack that he thinks is a total game changer.
“One of the things I love to do is make ‘little snowflakes’ with cauliflower rice,” he says. “The cauliflower rice we buy in supermarkets can be thick and bulky, and the mouthfeel is not good. When you throw the cauliflower florets in the food processor for a few seconds, they become [light and flaky] and I use it in a lot of dishes,” he explains. “My low-carb tabbouleh salad uses this instead of wheat bulgur or couscous and it’s absolutely delicious.”
To make Hashemi’s version of tabbouleh, a salad typically made with bulgur, combine cauliflower, cucumber, chives, tomato, parsley, lemon zest, lemon juice, mint, and garlic, then toss with high-quality olive oil. and sea salt.
Kourtney Kardashian’s Poosh “Edit Meeting Salad”
Shannon Doherty, mother of four and creator of @AtHomeWithShannon, made a TikTok salad inspired by Kourtney Kardashian’s “edit meeting” salad recipe on Poosh, the reality star’s lifestyle and wellness website.
“I love making salads in the summer and one of my all-time favorites is this salad that was inspired by Kourtney Kardashian’s salad recipe at Poosh,” says Doherty. “It’s so easy to make and the grilled chicken marinated in orange juice is definitely the secret touch.”
For this salad, Doherty uses romaine lettuce, grated carrots, cucumber, avocado and cherry tomatoes. To the vegetables, she adds chicken marinated in orange juice, then tops it with a mustard and sunflower seed dressing.
“It’s so refreshing and my whole family loves it,” says Doherty of the colorful plate. “Sunflower seeds are also a great crunchy addition.”
“Kourtney made hers with romaine lettuce, but my favorite is with icebergs,” she continues. “I put cherry tomatoes in mine too but those are optional. This salad is so filling and can last a few days [in the fridge] also.”
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