Salads are a great way to get a healthy dose of fiber and antioxidants without the calories of most other meals. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), only one in 10 adults get the recommended servings of fruit or vegetables each day. You can create a nutrient-rich meal with just a few ingredients and reap the health benefits with these easy salads. Let’s get you started today!
Research supports the health benefits of the Mediterranean diet. With just 4 main ingredients, the Greek Salad is packed with antioxidants. Simply toss together, tomatoes, cucumbers, olives, feta cheese with a light dressing of red wine vinegar, lemon juice and olive oil make this salad a classic favorite and staple.
A delicious refreshing Greek Salad can be prepared in just 15 minutes and you’re ready to enjoy a healthful meal. How convenient is that? This salad also goes well with grilled chicken or baked salmon for the heartier appetite. Get the recipe here.
You’re hungry and only have an apple, an orange, a few grapes in your refrigerator. Rather than grab the bag of chips from the pantry take a few minutes to chop up the fruit to make a fruit salad. You’ll be happy you did. This recipe so is easy to follow and is adaptable to suit your fruit preferences and availability. Either way you slice it, it is guaranteed to leave you feeling refreshed.
To add texture, feel free to toss in your favorite chopped nuts. Nuts are a good source of calcium, protein, and fiber. You don’t have to sacrifice pleasure for health, you can indulge in a bowl of this fruit salad and enjoy both. Get the recipe here.
This is a great Spinach Salad recipe as it combines the nutrients of a Fuji Apple, some almonds, spinach, onions, and feta cheese. This delightful salad is drizzled with a light dressing made with just 4 main ingredients; olive oil, red wine vinegar, minced garlic, and Dijon mustard. One bite of this Spinach Salad and you will not want to continue to skimp on eating fruit and vegetables again.
Want to add more fruit? Sliced strawberries or cranberries will complement the ingredients nicely. Go a limb and experiment with other fruit or even avocados, there are no limitations to all that you can create. Get the recipe here.
Simple Pasta Salad
Change up your salad with whole-grain pasta with a Pasta Salad. With this recipe as your base and you can use just about any pasta, from fusilli (spirals) to ravioli and everything in between. It’s not just the pasta but you can also mix and match any variety of chopped vegetables, it all works.
Pasta Salad is filling and can be served as a stand-alone meal however you can always add in chopped grilled chicken when you are really famished. High in protein and fiber, this yummy salad can be served as the entre for lunch or dinner, and the rest can be packed away as a delicious meal the next day. Get the recipe here.
Caesar Salad is a classic for anyone and a staple served at many restaurants. Caesar salad is generally made up mostly of romaine lettuce torn into pieces which are less than 10 calories a cup, the real flavor comes from the dressing. A mix of Anchovy, egg yolks, garlic, lemon, and olive oil the dressing is flavorful and distinct making it perfect for the main romaine dish.
Add some extra protein by adding in rotisserie baked chicken. It’s a popular add on for Caesar salad and adds a filling ingredient that anyone will enjoy. For some extra crunch add in your choice of croutons, they come in a variety of flavors, so you can find the taste that most suits you. Get the recipe here.