Us dieters get sick and tired of eating the same thing day in and day out: salads, salads, salads. However, we all know that getting out leafy greens and filling up with low-cal, healthy fiber and nutrients is the best thing we can do for our health. As an added bonus, salads are extremely easy to assemble and serve. So instead of boring yourself to death with the same salad, try mixing it up with different, colorful and unique leafy meal recipes. Salads don’t have to be boring–they can be delicious and lively in addition to being healthy and nutritious.
Every culture and region has its own salad to bring to the mix. Get inspiration from your travels or simply check out easy meal recipes in food magazines to jazz up an old, diet staple.
- Thai Mango Salad: A Thai mango salad can be a great way to get excited about salad. Colorful peppers and mangos make this salad both flavorful and aesthetically pleasing. Fish sauce, sugar, Thai pepper, shallots and peanut oil are blended to make a Thai-inspired dressing, while mangos and sweet pepper are grated and combined with carrots green onions and cilantro. Just sprinkle with chopped nuts and serve on a bed of lettuce.
- Greek salad: Take olive oil, red wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, oregano, and garlic for a basic Greek vinaigrette. Then slice cucumber, red pepper, yellow pepper tomato (cherry tomatoes are great for any salad) kalamata olives, red onion, toss with vinaigrette and feta, and serve! It should only take you about 15 minutes total to chop and toss this salad. Now, that’s easy.
- Salade Nicoise: For anyone who has been lucky enough to visit Nice, France, you may think back on the delicious Salade Nicoise fondly. Bring a little bit of France home by prepping this classic French salad in your own kitchen. This salad is composed of tomatoes, cucumber, onions, fava beans, olives, lettuce, tuna, and hard-cooked eggs, all drizzled with olive oil.
- Spinach Orzo Salad: Whole grain, orzo pasta, feta cheese, olives, and baby spinach make an orzo salad pop with flavor. Puree the baby spinach so that it combines well with the orzo and you’ll have yourself a whole new take on the same ol’ spinach salad. Chill for an hour before serving.
- Japanese Ginger Salad: The dressing is really the main event of this salad, but you can make it colorful with baby spring greens, iceberg lettuce, carrots, beets, onion, and dried rice noodles for a bit of crunch. “Historically, ginger has a long tradition of being very effective in alleviating symptoms of gastrointestinal distress. In herbal medicine, ginger is regarded as an excellent carminative (a substance which promotes the elimination of intestinal gas) and intestinal spasmolytic (a substance which relaxes and soothes the intestinal tract). Modern scientific research has revealed that ginger possesses numerous therapeutic properties including antioxidant effects, an ability to inhibit the formation of inflammatory compounds, and direct anti-inflammatory effects.”
Salads don’t have to be boring, make them colorful and fun, experiment with different regional salads rather than sticking to the same-old and healthy foods won’t be so boring, salads make for great easy meal recipes.