Healthy Eating: Get Creative With Salads

Today we're going to talk about salads. And no, we don't mean a side of iceberg lettuce with a few slices of tomato. We're talking about salads full of vitamins and minerals, essential fatty acids, protein and fiber the kind of salad you can have for dinner and feel full and satisfied. Because salads don't have to be boring.

Here's the thing: A healthy lifestyle goes beyond staying physically fit. It's equally important to nourish your body with wholesome, nutrient-dense foods. And salads are a great way to help you sustain a nutritious diet.

But think outside the box. Think dark, leafy greens like spinach and kale. Think beans, nuts, seeds, lentils or roasted veggies. And think protein-rich foods like eggs and fish. It's time to rethink your relationship with salad. To get you started, check out these three salad recipes created by Laura.

 

Vegan Caesar (Egg Optional)

Caesar salad with a twist. Ditch the egg to go vegan.

Caesar salad with a twist. Ditch the egg to go vegan.

  • Romaine lettuce, finely chopped
  • Chickpeas
  • Roasted pumpkin seeds
  • Olives
  • Capers
  • Red pepper
  • Optional: Boiled egg

Dressing

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp tahini
  • 1 tbsp pine nuts
  • 2 small cloves pressed garlic
  • 1-2 lemon wedges
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Combine dressing ingredients in blender

 

Coconut Kale

Add protein to your salads with beans or nuts.

Add protein to your salads with beans or nuts.

  • Kale, finely chopped
  • Edamame
  • Half an apple, diced
  • Red onion, finely slivered
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/4 cup crushed peanuts

Dressing

  • 2 tbsp peanut oil
  • 1-2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp agave nectar
  • 1 tsp crushed ginger
  • 1 tbsp ground peanuts
  • 1 clove pressed garlic
  • Combine dressing ingredients in blender

 

Curried Sweet Potato & Cranberry Goat Cheese

Sweet potato is extremely high in vitamin A and is also a good source of vitamin B6, vitamin C, fiber and potassium.

Sweet potato is extremely high in vitamin A and is also a good source of vitamin B6, vitamin C, fiber and potassium.

Sweet potato

  • Dice 1 small sweet potato into small cubes
  • Season with 1-2 tbsp coconut oil, curry powder (garam masala or cumin also work), coriander powder, turmeric, and salt and pepper
  • Preheat oven to 325, bake for 25-35 minutes (check at 25)
  • Stir

Salad

  • Chopped green beans, stir fried
  • 1-2 green onions, sliced
  • 2 slices cranberry goat cheese
  • Arugula (can sub spinach or kale)

Dressing

  • Drizzle of olive oil
  • Sea salt

So there you have it three healthy, colorful, balanced recipes that go beyond your basic side salad. Try one for lunch or dinner. Got a delicious salad recipe of your own? Share it with us! Find us on Facebook or Twitter and keep us updated on your journey to a clean, healthy lifestyle.