Healthy salad recipes that are both light and fresh for summer.
Spring and summer are abundant with fresh fruits and vegetables—not to mention quick and easy salads. Here is a trio of salads using five ingredients or less, making each recipe perfect for a light lunch on the go, bringing to work, a picnic, or enjoying at home.
All of these simple salads are nutrient dense and loaded with natural fiber from vegetables and fruits, protein, and healthy fats. Feel free to boost the ingredient amounts depending on your individual diet and energy needs or swap out proteins for other vegetarian or vegan sources if you’d like.
Traditional Caesar dressings are typically loaded with saturated fat and calories. Also, many Caesar salads use iceberg for the base, which is not as nutrient dense as its close counterpart, romaine. This Caesar salad is a vegan take, using only healthy fats, fiber, and plant-protein to get the desired texture and consistency of traditional Caesar. Feel free to swap or add proteins of your choice to this one.
This kale superfood salad is loaded with antioxidant rich goji berries and blueberries, fiber and vitamin A rich kale and sweet potato, topped with omega-3 rich walnuts. This salad packs a punch of nutrition.
Cobb salad is a classic for good reason—it’s full of goodies! Though, those goodies also add up to a substantial amount of calories. Here’s my take on a “light” Cobb salad—sans the most fattening additives. Feel free to use other dressings you enjoy, but I promise you you’ll love the tahini inspired dressing.
McKel Hill, MS, RD, LDN is the creator of Nutrition Stripped, a plant-based, whole foods and gluten-free food blog specializing in nourishing recipes and nutrition services. You can keep up with her on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest.
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Summer is for salads and this collection is filled with the brightest and best.
A year-round wheat berry salad that is both vegan and vegetarian friendly.
A peppery, and slightly sweet salad filled with artichokes, avocados, and arugula.
Grilled haloumoi cheese adds a salty contrast to juicy, sweet watermelon
A full-flavored, yet light for summer salad, with liberal amounts of lemon and thyme.