healthy salad recipes

Healthy salad recipes: 3 tasty ideas to try

I eat a lot of salads, even when it’s freezing. I just find my own healthy salad recipe is the easiest way to get a perfectly balanced nutritional meal with the least hassle. You can tweak it to perfection, adapt to your own taste, and make it as big (or small) as your appetite requires.

Admittedly however, sometimes I make rather ‘standard’ healthy salad recipes. Plain tuna and pesto chicken I am somewhat over. Those are order of the day when I’m in a rush and I just stick to what I know, or what’s left.

Last week, I made a real effort to try out some new things to add to my salad repertoire. So here’s some healthy salad recipe inspiration as we head into Spring (at last!).

As you will see, I have a pretty staple basic salad with the same ingredients. It’s makes the weekly shop easy and practical (I like easy and simple).

Healthy salad recipes

Roasted squash, goats cheese and seeds

healthy salad recipes

  • Spinach
  • Tomatoes
  • Cucumber
  • Raw mushrooms (one of my favourite salad ingredients!)
  • Red pepper
  • Olive oil drizzled over
  • Goats cheese
  • Mixed seed mix
  • Roasted squash (roasted in coconut oil and cinnamon = delicious)

 

Smoked trout & rocket salad

healthy salad recipes

  • Spinach
  • Rocket
  • Cucumber
  • Yellow pepper
  • Raw mushrooms
  • Half an avocado
  • Smoked trout
  • Quiona/ryvita/slice of rye bread (optional)

For the dressing:

  • Squeeze of lemon juice
  • Olive oil
  • Black pepper (lots)

 

Wasabi prawn salad

healthy salad recipes

  • Spinach
  • Rocket
  • Cucumber
  • Red pepper
  • Raw mushrooms
  • Olive oil drizzled over
  • Quiona/ryvita/slice of rye bread (optional)

For the prawns and sauce:

  • Cooked prawns
  • 1tbls sour cream
  • Wasabi paste (to taste)

Prawns tend to need sauce. Shop bought sweet chilli is usually sugar ridden and marie-rose usually has ketchup, which has sugar. Mayonnaise is OK but it isn’t the best, mainly because it’s processed and it does contain a little invisible sugar (Note low fat mayo usually has more sugar than regular).

So…I made my own wasabi sauce with no sugar, based on sour cream. You could do something similar with creme fraiche or full fat natural yoghurt. It turned out OK and wasabi gives a tasty kick.

Healthy salad tips and tricks

If you make a big salad base in one go, you avoid excessive chopping everyday and it makes the whole affair a bit quicker (my geeky past as a process consultant coming out here).

Suffice to say salads really don’t have to be boring, unsatisfying or lack in taste. If yours looks so amazing, your colleague/friend/partner is eyeing it up over their cheese and ham baguette, I’d say you’ve done well with your healthy efforts.

Good luck my salad friends!

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2 replies
  1. AngieChurchill
    AngieChurchill says:

    Thought I’d share my latest, working-from-home lunch, which I’m crazy about ….
    Make a bed of salad leaves (rocket, spinach, watercress, lambs lettuce … whatever you have available).  Slice circles of cooked beetroot (the natural kind, not in vinegar) in the centre.  Mash up a fillet of smoked mackerel and mix with some low-fat creme fraiche, a dollop of horseradish sauce, squeeze of lemon juice and some black pepper.  Pile this on top of the beetroot and then sprinkle with a generous helping of mixed seeds.
    Just devoured a bowful and it was delicious – if I weren’t so technically challenged I would have taken a photo!

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    • lauraj_thomas
      lauraj_thomas says:

      AngieChurchill I definitely want a photo of this next time, it sounds incredible. I really love smoked fish. Living the gourmet life whilst working at home!

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