Healthy Salads

Salads are truly the perfect meal -- they're low in calories, high in nutrients, and easy to make. If you want to incorporate more salads into your diet, here are 5 super easy 5-ingredient salad recipes to try:

 

Zucchini Pea Pasta Salad

1. Zucchini pea pasta salad

This hearty salad combines whole wheat pasta with fresh zucchini, basil and peas.

Ingredients:

  • 16 ounces whole wheat pasta
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 3 medium zucchinis
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 teaspoons grated lemon rind
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • Pinch of salt and pepper
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves

Directions:

  • Cook the whole wheat pasta according to the instructions on the package
  • Add frozen peas for the last 5 minutes
  • Drain and cool for 10 minutes
  • Place the pasta and peas in a bowl
  • Shave zucchini into ribbons
  • Heat a skillet on medium heat
  • Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • Add the garlic and stir for 30 seconds
  • Throw in the zucchini, and cook for 1 minute
  • Add the zucchini mixture to the pasta mixture in the bowl
  • In a cup, combine the lemon rind, lemon juice, remaining olive oil, and salt and pepper
  • Drizzle over pasta salad and sprinkle with basil
Cucumber Greek Salad

2. Cucumber Greek salad

This low-carb Mediterranean salad consists of a cornucopia of healthy veggies.

Ingredients:

  • 1 large cucumber, sliced and halved
  • 3 cups of pearl tomatoes, halved
  • 1 medium red onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegarette
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup crumbled feta cheese

Directions:

  • Slice up the cucumber and place it in a large bowl
  • halve the pearl tomatoes and add to the bowl
  • Dice up the red onion and place in the bowl
  • In a cup, mix together the olive oil and balsamic vinegar
  • Drizzle over the vegetables
  • Add the crumbled feta cheese
  • Mix all ingredients together
Watermelon Salad

3. Watermelon vegetable salad

This refreshing summery salad combines watermelon with cucumber and mint.

Ingredients:

  • 8 cups seedless watermelon, cubed
  • 2 cucumbers, sliced
  • 6 green onions, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint, minced
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • Pinch of salt and pepper

Directions:

  • Cube the watermelon and place in a bowl
  • Slice up the cucumbers and green onion, placing in the bowl
  • In a cup, whisk together the balsamic vinegar and olive oil
  • Drizzle on the salad
  • Toss with fresh mint, salt, and pepper
Brussels Sprout Salad

4. Brussels sprout walnut salad

This ultra healthy salad combines shaved Brussels sprouts with Romano cheese and heart healthy walnuts.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound Brussels sprouts
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 6 tablespoons grated Romano cheese
  • 1 lemon
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Pinch of salt and pepper

Directions:

  • Use an adjustable blade slicer to thinly slice Brussels sprouts in a bowl
  • On a cutting board, coarsely chop up the walnuts
  • Add the walnuts to the bowl
  • Grate the Romano cheese over the salad
  • Halve the lemon and squeeze its juice on the salad
  • Drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar
  • Toss until combined
Salmon and Grapefruit salad

5. Grilled salmon grapefruit salad

This vitamin-c packed salad is rich in protein and essential fatty acids.

Ingredients:

  • 2 6-ounce salmon fillets
  • 1 large sweet onion, diced
  • 8 cups mixed baby salad greens
  • 1 24-ounce jar grapefruit sections, drained
  • Favorite dressing of choice
  • Pinch of salt and pepper
  • Cooking spray

Directions:

  • Start the grill
  • Sprinkle salt and pepper on the salmon fillets
  • Coat fillet and chopped onion with cooking spray
  • Place the salmon and onion on the grill
  • Cover and grill 5 minutes on each side or until salmon flakes
  • Onion should be tender
  • Break the salmon into chunks
  • Place baby greens in a bowl
  • Add the salmon chunks and diced onion
  • Combine the salad with grapefruit sections
  • Drizzle with your favorite salad dressing
Eating healthier is easy peasy
Salads are the perfect meal -- not only are they versatile, but they're a great way to get all the nutrients your body needs fast. Check out the above 5-ingredient salad recipes for a quick, easy, and satisfying meal.
References
  1. "5-Ingredient Salad Recipes," Cooking Light, n.d.
  2. "5-Ingredient Salad Recipes," Taste of Home, n.d.
  3. "5-Ingredient Salad Recipes," Whole Foods, n.d.

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