Picture this: lunch is 20 minutes away and you’ll finally get away from your desk and eat something but then you realise that you’ve planned to have a salad…Sounds a bit boring doesn’t it? Now lunch has somewhat lost it’s appeal perhaps but a salad can be more than a few lettuce leaves and a cucumber. In fact with just a few additional ingredients, a salad can turn from a ‘turn-off’ to something you look forward to. Try adding some of these these tasty additions to your salad:
-Toasted almonds or other nuts
-Seeds e.g. pumpkin or sunflower or a mix
-Grilled sweet potato or a grain e.g. quinoa
-Tinned beans or corn
-Dried fruit e.g. sultanas or chopped dried apricot
-Low fat cheese e.g. feta
To make a salad a meal and more satisfying, add a serve of protein e.g. grilled chicken / beef, tinned fish, boiled egg, 4 bean mix or tofu.
Don’t forget to add a nice dressing as this can really make a salad. Note: be careful of adding too much or very fatty dressings e.g. creamy or mayonnaise based ones, as this can turn a healthy salad into something high in kilojoules. Try these ideas:
-Balsamic vinegar, a dash of olive oil, cracked pepper and a pinch of salt
-Freshly squeeze lemon juice, crushed garlic, a dash of olive oil, cracked pepper and a pinch of salt
-Freshly squeeze lime juice, lime rind, a little grated ginger, soy sauce, a dash of olive oil and some chilli (optional)
All in all, a salad doesn’t have to be something unexciting. By adding a few delicious and healthy ingredients you can take a salad from average to amazing!
Pictured baby spinach salad with grilled sweet potato, toasted walnuts, caramelised onion and feta.