Salads are commonly considered for weight loss or for people on diet. Usually, people avoid healthy salads because they look boring and tasteless. Raw vegetables, green leaves, and steamed foods are unpopular with most people, especially feeding salads to children is an enormous challenge for moms. You can enjoy delightful and nutritious salads quickly and effortlessly with healthy salad recipes.
However, adding fresh salads to your meal helps to improve overall health. It takes a little effort to make your salads colorful, tasty, and mouthwatering.
Salads are not just a way to make your meal healthier, they can also be fun, refreshing, colorful, and appetizing.
A salad isn’t associated with all green leafy vegetables. You can add fresh vegetables, fruits, nuts, or legumes into the salads. Adding colors, flavors, and luscious salad dressings make salads more tasty, delightful, and exciting.
Healthy salads provide fresh nutrients and help you with weight loss. They’re refreshing, colorful, and full of flavor thanks to the variety of ingredients that you can make scrumptious treats. You won’t feel you’re missing out on anything because veggies and fruits are high in minerals and vitamins, and known for being low fat and full of freshness.
Making healthy salads is fun! It’s the perfect way to enjoy your time in the kitchen while cooking up something delicious!
Below you’ll find a list of super healthy, nutritious, and delicious recipes of salads that will help you turn your lunch or dinner into a wonderful experience.
1- Chicken, Onion and Bell Pepper Salad
Here we start with an easy, tasty, and colorful salad prepared with chicken, green bell paper, and onion. Adding protein to your salad can make it a full nutritious meal or you can take it with dinner or lunch as well.
Chicken 1 cup
Capsicum 1 cup sliced
Onion 1 cup sliced
Salt ½ tsp
Black paper ½ tsp
Olive oil 3 tbsp
Garlic cloves 4 to 5
Green chili 1 chopped
Crush green chili and garlic cloves
Take the boneless chicken and cut it into bite-size cubes.
Marinate chicken pieces in garlic and green chili mixture for 15 minutes
In the meantime, slice green capsicum and onion into Julian’s cut.
Heat olive oil in a pan, stir-fry chicken on high flame for 7 to 10 minutes.
Add sliced onion, capsicum, and fry till the edges of the veggie turn slightly golden
Add salt, black pepper, and toss for a while
Leave juices of chicken and veggies instead of drying completely, it gives a toothsome and delicious flavor to this salad.
Serve at lunch or dinner time.
2- Chickpea Salad
Chickpeas are a wonderful source of protein. Not only that, you can take chickpeas as snacks or make a delicious salad with colorful veggies.
It’ll take not much time if you have boiled chickpeas in your refrigerator. Add fresh veggies, seasoning, or salad dressing and spice up your lunch or dinner.
Simply try this easy peasy recipe. Sure, you’ll fall in love with chickpeas.
Boiled chickpeas 2 cups boiled
Red onion 1 cup chopped
Tomatoes 1 cup chopped
Cucumber ½ cup chopped
Carrots ½ cup chopped
Cabbage ½ cup chopped
Green chili 2 sliced
Cilantro/Coriander 1 cup chopped
Tamarind juice ½ cup
Salt 2 tsp
Red chili powder ½ tsp
White cumin powder ½ tsp
Soak tamarind in one cup of water for 10 minutes
Take a large salad bowl, add boiled chickpeas
Finely chopped all above vegetables
Mash tamarind and remove seeds
Add tamarind juice, salt, chili, and cumin powder in salad
Mix all ingredients and toss well
As an alternate, use lemon juice axcept tamarind
A yummy, mouthwatering treat is ready.
You can have it at snack time rather than taking unhealthy, oily, and salty snacks.
3- Greek Salad
Traditionally, salads are used to complement meals. Greek salad is one of the famous salads used for appetizing and for making mealtime more enjoyable.
The ingredients of the Greek salad are simple. It represents how Greek cuisine consists of simple and easy ingredients.Top with Greek salad dressing to make it savory.
Follow this easy recipe. I bet you’ll try it again and again.
Cucumber 1 sliced
Tomato. 3 sliced
Red onion 1 sliced
Green bell paper 1 sliced
Feta cheese 200g piece
Black olives ½ cup
Red vinegar 1 tbs
Greek oregano 1 tsp
Salt according to taste
Extra virgin olive oil 1 tbs
Don’t forget the secret of traditional Greek salad which is fresh and crispy vegetables.
Cut veggies in slices or cubes, keep a few large chunks to look more rustic.
Slice feta cheese in cubes, sticks, or what shape you want
Take a large bowl, add all sliced veggies, feta cheese, and olives
Sprinkle salt, oregano, pour vinegar and olive oil
Toss the ingredients well, avoid extra salt because feta cheese already has enough salt.
This traditional, rustic salad would be your first choice. You may enjoy it with lunch or can take it as a snack.
Do you think I missed something?
No, not at all. You can’t get the exact traditional flavors of Greek salad without Greek salad dressing.
Greek salad dressing is as easy as preparing Greek salad. It contains extra virgin olive oil, red vinegar, lemon juice, dijon mustard, crushed garlic cloves, dried oregano, salt, and pepper.
Combine all ingredients and whisk until everything mixes well. Pour the dressing on the salad as it enhances the flavor of Greek salad.
4- Fruit Salad
Usually, people take unhealthy snacks between meals that affect their health. We should build a healthy habit from childhood to eat fruits for snacks.
Eating just fruits is not pleasant for many people, especially for children.
You can make an exciting, colorful, and tasty fruit salad that helps to cover your daily fruit intake.
Moreover, fruits are the best source of vitamins and minerals that boost our energy level and immunity.
Combining fruits of different colors looks tempting and yummy, you can’t resist tasting this fruitful treat. Fruit salad is easy to prepare and you can use the fruits you like most.
Here I’m sharing a simple recipe,
Apple 1 finely chopped
Banana 1 sliced
Red/green grapes 1 cup sliced
Strawberry 1 cup
Peaches 1 cup chopped
Kiwi 1 cup sliced
Guava 1 cup sliced
Sugar 2 tbsp
Salt 1 tsp
Chaat masala 1 tsp
Orange juice 1 ½ cup
Himalayan black salt 1 tsp
Cut or slice fruits in your desired shape.
Pour them in a large salad bowl
Season with all the above spices
Pour orange juice
Mix all ingredients well and leave for 15 minutes and you’re done.
Trying different fruits every time creates excitement and you’ll love to have a delectable taste again and again.
You can also try blue berris, greens, watermelon, honeydew, pineapple, pomegranate, or mango to add variety to your salads.
5- Boiled eggs, chicken, and Feta Salad
Are you looking for a quick, easy, and filling meal?
This wholesome recipe satisfies your hunger and gives a sense of filling as well.
You can serve this delicious salad with lunch and dinner, or you can take it as a complete meal.
It’s loaded with protein. You can complement it with greens, cherry tomatoes, and veggies you like to add.
Key ingredients are chicken, boiled eggs, and feta cheese. Add green leaves of your choice like lettuce, spinach. You can top it with cilantro and mint leaves.
Chicken boiled, shredded 1 cup
Eggs 4 hard-boiled
Feta cheese 200g
Fresh tomatoes 4 sliced
Lettuce 1 cup chopped
spinach leaves ½ cup chopped
Vinegar 2 tbs
Salt 1 tsp
Black pepper ½ tsp
Boil chicken with 2 crushed garlic cloves, and a pinch of salt
Wash lettuce and spinach leaves and put them in a strainer
Slice tomatoes and sliced hard-boiled eggs into 4 pieces
Add all ingredients in a large bowl, pour vinegar, salt, and pepper
Mix well and serve this delightful feast at lunch or dinner.
6- Creamy potato, peas, and kidney beans salad
Salad is not only for veggie lovers. There are several ways to make salads loaded with protein.
No matter if you don’t eat meat regularly. Using different beans, peas, cheese, and legumes can be a nutritious addition to your meal plans, and give a sense of filling with high protein ingredients, and good carbs.
Small-sized potatoes, 500g
Peas 1 cup
Kidney beans 1 cup
Green bell paper 1 cup sliced
Mustard seeds 1 tsp
Salt 1 tsp
Black pepper ½ tsp
Parsley or cilantro ½ cup
Lemon juice 2 tsp
Olive oil 2 tbs
Cream 1 cup
Yogurt ½ cup
Place potatoes in a pan filled with water, boil, peel, and cut into medium-sized cubes
Pour olive oil into a hot frying pan, add mustard seeds, and fry potato cubes for 4 to 5 minutes
Soak kidney beans overnight and boil peas and kidney beans
Combine ingredients in a salad bowl
Season with salt and pepper
Add parsley, cilantro, and lemon juice
Mix all the ingredients with cream and yogurt, enjoy a tasty salad loaded with flavor and nutrition.
You can make easy salads using fresh, nutritious, and colorful fruits and vegetables.
Veggies and fruits have fewer calories and have no cholesterol. These natural blessings have tons of vitamins, minerals and are loaded with antioxidants.
Make sure to take fruits and veggies for snacks, use salads with meals, and do regular exercise. Adopting healthy habits makes you and your family fit, energetic, and more productive.
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