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5 Delicious & Healthy Salad Recipes You Should Give a Try

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Whether you want to lose weight or simply adopt a healthier lifestyle, salads are your best friend.  Eating just a single serving of salad a day can bring you a plethora of health benefits. These Healthy Salad Recipes are sure to please!

According to one study, people who eat raw vegetables and salads are more likely to meet their required vitamin intake, especially vitamin A, C, B6, E, and folic acid.

With summer approaching fast, a big bountiful bowl of salad is the perfect way to take maximum advantage of healthy and nutritious produce. Keeping this in mind, we’ve come up with some of the best recipes for healthy salads for you to welcome the warm season the right way.

So, let’s begin with these Healthy Salad Recipe!

1.     Lime Cucumber Salad with Cilantro

This super easy cucumber salad recipe can be the perfect refreshing summer side dish with a bit of a kick using cilantro, jalapeno pepper (optional) and some spices. Serves: 4

tomatoes, cucumber and cilantro on a square white plate

What You Need

  • 2 cucumbers, very finely sliced
  • 1 finely diced jalapeno (optional)
  • 1 cloves of garlic, finely chopped or minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon of crushed red pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon Himalayan Pink Salt 
  • Black pepper to taste
  • 4 tablespoons of chopped cilantro
  • 1 diced tomato or 12 cherry tomatoes cut in half
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh lime juice
  • 4 tablespoons of olive oil
  • Adjust to taste

How to Make It

Put the diced jalapeno and chopped garlic into a medium-sized bowl.

Add lime juice, crushed red pepper, salt, and black pepper. Pour olive oil into this mix while whisking it.

You need very thin slices of cucumber for this recipe. Either a mandolin or a sharp knife can help you with this. Add the sliced cucumbers to the dressing mix and stir it.

Top the salad with chopped cilantro. Stir to combine all ingredients. You can either let it sit in the fridge for a couple of hours, or serve right away. Add diced tomato or cherry tomato halves as garnish! Enjoy!

2.     Southwest Bean Salad

This salad gives you a delicious way to enjoy healthy beans with several choices for optional ingredients. You can also serve it as a side with tacos. Serves: 4

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What You Need

  • 15 oz can of black or red beans
  • 15 oz can of garbanzo beans
  • 1 cup thawed frozen corn (optional)
  • 1 cup diced avocado or diced jicama (optional)
  • Medium-sized tomato, diced
  • 1 cup red and/or yellow pepper, chopped
  • 2 green onions, sliced thin
  • 1/2 cup of fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons of chopped garlic
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh lime juice
  • 4 tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • Adjust to taste

How to Make

Rinse and drain the beans and put them in a bowl. Add the thawed frozen corn. Next, add your diced tomatoes, red and yellow pepper, and green onions into the bean mix. Also, add the chopped garlic.

Prepare the dressing by mixing all the spices, lime juice, and olive oil. Mix it well and add it to the salad mix. Top the salad with chopped cilantro and stir to combine all ingredients. The salad is ready to serve!

Serving Option: serve on a bed of leaf lettuce, if desired

3.     Broccoli Quinoa Salad

Filled with the nutritional goodness of quinoa and broccoli, this cold salad makes for a healthy weeknight dinner. Serves: 4

broccoli and quinoa salad in a red bowl is one of the healthy salad reicpes

What You Need

  • 1 cup quinoa, uncooked
  • 1 & 1/2 cups water with a pinch of salt
  • 1.5 lbs steamed broccoli, cut into small chunks
  • 1/4 cup of herbs, finely chopped (optional)
  • (consider using a mix of parsley, basil, mint, cilantro, and chives)
  • 1 cup of almonds, coarsely chopped (optional)
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon Himalayan Pink Salt 
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • adjust to taste

If you do not have the fresh herbs, then use 1 to 2 teaspoon of dried herbs. Add the dried herbs to the olive oil, lemon zest, lemon juice and season with salt and pepper.

Learn to Grow an Indoor Herb Garden!

How to Make

In a medium-sized pot, add quinoa, water and a pinch of salt. Cover it with a lid and put it on medium heat. Once it begins to boil, reduce heat to low and let it simmer for 10 minutes. Remove the pot from heat and let it stand for 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork and set the cooked quinoa aside. Let it cool.

Now heat a small skillet on low and add the chopped almonds into it. Toast until golden brown, with occasional stirring. Remove from heat and set aside.

Coarsely chop the broccoli with a knife or using a food processor can make it easier. Add it to a large bowl along with the quinoa and toasted almonds.

Prepare the salad dressing by mixing the herbs, lemon zest, lemon juice, salt, and olive oil. Add it to the salad mix and combine well. Refrigerate the salad for a few hours and serve cold.

4. Fresh Veggie Tossed Salad

There is nothing easier and nothing better than a simple fresh veggie tossed salad

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What You Need

  • one head of green or red leaf lettuce, washed and crisped
  • 1 large cucumber
  • 1 tomato cut in wedges
  • 4 radishes
  • 1/2 yellow pepper cut in strips
  • 1/2 teaspoon Himalayan Pink Salt 
  • Black pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons of olive oil
  • Parsley Sprigs for garnish

How to Make It

Tear freshly washed leaf lettuce into bite size pieces into a medium-sized bowl.

  • Cucumber and cut into thin slices
  • Radishes and cut into thin slices with a wavy knife.
  • Yellow pepper and slice thin or dice

A Wavy Knife is a simple tool that adds interest when preparing veggies!

Add cucumber, radishes and yellow pepper to salad bowl.

Combine balsamic vinegar or lemon juice, olive oil, salt, and black pepper. Whisk together. And, pour over salad. Gently toss until combine. Garnish with parsley.

Serve immediately or chill slightly.

Consider adding Homemade Croutons for a special touch!

5. Strawberry & Kale Salad:

Strawberry Kale Salad ingredients on a cutting board are perfect for a healthy salad recipe

Strawberry & Kale Salad

Simple, Fresh & Healthy Kale Recipe

Course Salad
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
A Little Longer if adding Bacon 20 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author Original Homesteading

Ingredients

  • 5 or 6 Large Fresh Strawberries ~ rinsed and hulled
  • 1 Bunch Fresh Kale, Chard, Spinach or Lettuces washed and dried
  • 4  Tbsp Olive Oil or Avocado oil
  • 1/8  teas Pink Himalayan Salt (if desired)
  • 1/2  cup Freshly Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • Slices Organic Bacon ~ precooked (optional)

Instructions

  1. Gently tear kale, chard or lettuce leaves into bite size pieces & place in salad bowl

  2. Slice or quarter strawberries so they are easy to eat and sprinkle over greens.

  3. Drizzle olive oil or avocado oil over the greens and berries and gently toss.

  4. Sprinkle Himalayan Pink Salt over Greens and gently toss.

Recipe Notes

These is such an easy, pretty way to enjoy the healthy benefits of fresh greens and berries!

Plus, the nutritional omegas of olive oil or avocado oil is a wonderful addition to this wholesome and healthy salad.

To Sum Up our Top Recipes:

There you have it! These were our top recommendations for healthy salad recipes that you should definitely give a try. Whether you enjoy them as a main course or alongside a healthy meal, these recipes are packed with both nutrition and flavor.

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