Summer will be so hot you don’t want to weigh yourself down with hot food for every meal! Salad doesn’t have to bland and tasteless; they’re light meals that you can spruce up in different ways to taste amazing!
Most people think salads are boring and made for rabbits, but that’s only if you’re doing the bare minimum. The next time you hit the supermarket, spend some time looking at the produce because there are more options than just the basics!
Pick a different type of lettuce, give it depth by adding nuts or eggs for texture, and try another dressing! Here are five recipes to take your salad experience further than lettuce and tomatoes!
1. Roasted Beet, Peach & Crispy Chickpea Salad
Peaches are a lovely fruit, and when you toss them in a salad, they don’t really need that much prep aside from cutting them up! The flavor of the peach bounces off the roasted beetroot and makes this salad light.
You can add roasted chickpeas, which are super easy to make; you just toss them in some olive oil and some spices and leave them to crisp up on the oven. Serve it up on a handful of greens and top it with the beautiful herb dressing!
Get the recipe here: Roasted Beet Peach & Crispy Chickpea Salad
2. Roasted Shrimp Salad
You might want to get deveined shrimp for this one so you can thoroughly enjoy the flavor of your salad without the sandy texture. Marinate your shrimp in some spices and olive oil while your veggies roast in the oven.
When everything is done, mix it all together and dress it in a lemon-fresh vinaigrette with some honey and chili powder. You can also choose to spice it up with a different dressing, or mix up the veg and make it perfect for a summer picnic!
Get the recipe here: Roasted Shrimp Salad
3. Pineapple, Mango, And Kale Salad
Nothing says summer like fresh mango and pineapple, they’re at the base of those tropical cocktails, but they’re not exempted from your salad. Using quinoa in this salad can help give you the fiber you need in your diet.
The pine nuts create a lovely texture from the softness of the mango and pineapple, and for a variation of greens, you can use kale. After it’s all assembled, you can dress it in a beautiful avocado and balsamic vinaigrette.
Get the recipe here: Pineapple Mango Kale Salad
4. Cucumber, Tomato, And Avocado Salad
You can whip this salad up in less than 30-minutes; just dice up your cucumber, tomato, onion, and avocado and toss on a bed of chopped cilantro. Just top it off with a simple vinaigrette before serving.
Get the recipe here: Cucumber, Tomato, And Avocado Salad
5. Asian Sesame Chicken Salad
It’s a salad filled with texture and flavor and dressed with a sweet but tangy Asian sesame vinaigrette that satisfies your craving for an Asian-inspired dish. So buy yourself some wonton strips and stock up on sesame seeds!
Salads can be creative and flavorful; you just need the guidance to create a dish that is packed with all the goodness from the vegetables. You can even spend time playing around with variations of greens and find your favorite salad!
Get the recipe here: Asian Sesame Chicken Salad
Dr Saadiqah Hajat