Salad can do double duty in your diet plan as a healthy side dish or as a meal. When topped with lean meats like salmon or grilled chicken, it can be quite filling on its own, but it also serves as a great alternative to high-carb side dishes.
Salad can quickly become boring, so it's important to mix up your salad and salad dressing recipes. There are many types of salads that can add flavor and variety to your diet, and a variety of ingredients that you can mix and match. From veggies and fruits to eggs and meats, you can make as many variations as you choose.
Summer Salad Recipes
Because of the abundance of fresh, delicious produce, summer is a great time to start incorporating new salad recipes into your diet. Try these great salads in the summer and you might find you're eating them year-round:
- Spinach salad recipes. Spinach is loaded with nutrients, so it's a great choice for making a salad. Spinach salads work great with vinaigrettes, cranberries and pine nuts.
- Greek salad recipes. Those on the Mediterranean diet know the health benefits and deliciousness of a Greek salad. There are many variations on this salad, but typically the ingredients include tomatoes, red onions, cucumbers, and salt and pepper. The salad is generally topped with olive oil, feta cheese and Kalamata olives.
- Fruit salad recipes. When you get sick of veggies, fruit salads can provide a little variety. They also fall into the category of low fat dessert recipes, so you can have a sweet, guilt-free treat after your meal.
While salads may seem like the perfect health food, with the wrong dressing, they can actually become quite high in fat. Whether you're looking for recipes for salad dressing or you're buying it from the shelf, keep these tips in mind:
- Choose healthy oils. Olive oil, canola oil and soybean oil are the three highest oils (respectively) that are sources of monounsaturated fats (good fats).
- Skip extras. Some salad dressings have extras like bacon or cheese. These additions can quickly add fat to your dressing.
- Try vinaigrettes. Balsamic, raspberry, strawberry and other vinaigrettes have a great tangy flavor and pack a double health punch as they're made from both healthy oils and vinegar, which can help regulate blood sugar.