Monday Tip: Salads Don't Have to Be Boring

May 18, 2020 |

Happy Monday everyone! When you think about clean eating most people's first thought is boring old salad. Salad is anything but boring and there's a whole month dedicated to salad and all of the versatility they behold. That's right May is National Salad Month. The days are getting warmer and we encourage you to enjoy something lighter. There are so many different ways to cram nutrients, flavor, texture and color into one bowl. Here are some of delicious salad ideas.

Artichoke, Edamame and Asparagus Salad – Antioxidant-rich artichoke and asparagus combined with protein and fiber filled edamame with a simple citrus dressing like lemon, garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper delivers a powerhouse of taste and nutrients.

Cobb Salad - High in fiber, folic acid and vitamin C, Mix red lettuce, mesclun greens with romaine for your base, add protein boosts with grilled chicken, a pinch of Gorgonzola cheese, top off with tomatoes and good fats in avocado and drizzle a balsamic vinaigrette make a healthier version of a popular salad.

Mediterranean Salad - A Mediterranean diet is loaded with fiber, lean protein, good fats, vitamins and antioxidants and so is this salad. Hearts of romaine, chickpeas, yellow bell pepper, cucumber, red onion, cherry or grape tomatoes, kalamata olives, feta cheese and a dressing with lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, honey, salt and pepper.

Shrimp Salad - This salad uses avocado, a “good fat”, low-calorie, protein-full shrimp, and a dose of vitamin c and zest with grapefruit to give this salad some zing. Butter lettuce, grapefruit segments, avocados, shrimp, scallion and cilantro, top with a drizzle of olive oil, a pinch of salt and chili powder is a satisfying lunch or dinner.

Taco Salad - Use lean beef for less saturated fat but more protein or make it vegetarian by substituting black beans to add fiber and protein. Brown meat with low-sodium taco seasoning and layer romaine, fresh corn, tomato, and green onion, place on a bed of crushed baked tortilla strips, top with an avocado, lime, garlic, cilantro, and add Greek yogurt dressing to the side for an added nutrient increase.

Roasted Sweet Potato Salad - The fiber-filled protein in sweet potatoes give you half of your daily servings in this tasty vegetarian salad. Toss roasted sweet potatoes and red peppers over a bed of peppery arugula, top with white wine vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper for enhanced flavor.

Salads are so easy to prepare and have a basic structure you can mix to your taste preference. Start with a base of greens, add vegetables for crunch and taste, a fruit for sweetness, and a protein which can be lean meats, fish or beans. Low-fat cheeses, nuts and seeds also make great additions. The possibilities really are endless.

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