spinach-strawberry-salad-864x576 Liven up your meals with these non-boring salads

Liven up your meals with these non-boring salads

In Nutrition by Karen Eisenbraun, CHNC March 18th, 2019

Salads are a great way to get more nutritious, healthy greens and vegetables into your diet. And they’re easy to make, whether you’re throwing one together for a quick lunch or making a family-sized version to take to a summer picnic.

Think salads are boring? Try mixing it up — literally! — with some unexpected ingredients to create a seriously flavorful dish that works as a side dish or a main dish. Many of these are meat-free, but you can always add some roast chicken for a little extra protein that will keep you feeling full longer.

Thai mango salad with peanut dressing

From Cookie and Kate

This fresh vegetarian salad combines butter lettuce, mango, and red bell pepper with a spicy peanut dressing. Perfect for warm summer days. Get the recipe.

Kale bistro salad

From Kitchn

Kale, radicchio, bacon, and boiled egg create a delicious combination of flavors in this updated take on the classic bistro salad. This recipe makes 4 entree-sized salads so you can save them to eat throughout the week. Get the recipe.

Strawberry spinach salad

From I Wash You Dry

Fresh strawberries and candied pecans make this a delicious, light salad that pairs well with anything or works just as well on its own. Get the recipe.

Salmon caesar salad

From Blue Apron

This delicious classic has everything you need in a meal: plant compounds, protein, and healthy fat. This recipe from Blue Apron includes homemade sourdough croutons and a creamy, lemony dressing. Get the recipe.

Vegan cobb salad

From Love & Lemons

Whether you’re vegan or not, you’ll love this tasty take on a cobb salad, which uses baked coconut flakes in place of bacon and a cashew-based dressing. Get the recipe.

Arugula salad with steak

From Whole Foods

Arugula gives this salad a peppery flavor. An often-overlooked salad green, arugula offers many of the same benefits as other cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, kale, and Brussels sprouts. Get the recipe.

Tomato, cucumber, and avocado salad

From Ahead of Thyme

This light, refreshing salad is perfect for summer picnics. Try adding some toasted almonds for a little extra crunch. Get the recipe.

Need more suggestions for healthy, delicious meals that will help you stay on track with your weight-loss goals? Download our free healthy recipes e-book for more easy-to-prepare recipes for breakfast, snacks, lunch, dinner — even dessert!

 

Medically reviewed by Jay J. Garcia, MD on May 15, 2017

Certified Holistic Nutrition Consultant

Karen Eisenbraun is a certified holistic nutrition consultant and writer with a background in digital marketing. She has written extensively on the topics of nutrition and holistic health for many leading websites.

Karen received her nutrition certification from the American College of Healthcare Sciences in 2012. She follows a ketogenic diet and practices intermittent fasting. Karen advocates a whole foods approach to nutrition and believes in empowering yourself with information that allows you to make smarter decisions about your health.

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