The more we become aware of ourselves, our needs, and our goals, the more important it becomes for us to take care of our personal health.
Taking good care of ourselves doesn’t need to be a chore.
It can be a delightful, delicious edible adventure – a rainbow of nutritious, delicious colors. Our tummies can feel full and satisfied and our bodies energetic; not dragged down by that sluggish feeling that can come with so many other meals, the ones that keeps us from having the energy to build our goals.
Let’s take our energy back! Let’s make our food work for us, not against us. And let’s make sure it’s fun and delicious, instead of a dull and boring punishment of starvation.
Salads have a reputation in the diet world for being a combination of bland, tasteless foods that leave us with hunger pains and wild cravings for more, less healthy choices. Salads have gotten a bad rap, but that’s all changing. Colorful salads can take us on daily and weekly flavor adventures, especially during harvest time. I love new salad combinations the way I used to love chocolate. I didn’t hold back!
I’m always on the lookout for new (to me) salads that satisfy and are colorful, creative, and tasty combinations. Here’s this year’s collection of my favorites:
- Seriously Refreshing Mint Watermelon Salad with Feta – Nothing says summer like watermelon and the freshness of mint alongside mild feta. The combination brings out all the crisp sweetness of our favorite giant fruit. I love this recipe (in double or triple batches) for potlucks!
- Carrot and Beet Salad with Ginger Vinaigrette – Carrot and Beet Salad is packed with nutrition and color, not necessarily in that order. The dressing is delicious on other kinds of salads too, and I found the tip provided about how to keep the beets from bleeding to be incredibly useful, one I’ll definitely be using in the future. My tip for you? Make this salad the night before (or at least an hour before you’re going to eat it) so the flavors have a chance to really come together.
- Cilantro-Lime Cucumber Salad – Between the jalapeno and the crushed red pepper, this salad has a little heat to it. It’s cut though with the tartness of lime juice and the clean, refreshing flavors of cilantro and the late summer’s cucumber crop.
- Quinoa Salad with Spinach, Strawberries and Blueberries – This is such a vibrant salad! I’ve fallen in love with fruit and greens salad combinations brought together by a light, sweet dressing, and this one does not disappoint. The addition of quinoa adds protein and texture that can’t be beat.
- Tomato, Cucumber, Avocado Salad – Your fresh harvest vegetables amped up with avocado and a light, lemony dressing that’s sure to please. I personally ignore that it calls for “English cucumber” when any cuke that comes from a local produce stand is about a billion times better than any store-bought produce.
- Tofu Summer Rolls with Quinoa and Peanut Sauce – A salad in a wrap, these summer rolls definitely have an Asian flare about them. I like to add different vegetables depending on what I have on hand and my tastes for the day, so don’t feel tied to the exact recipe.
I find that a generous helping of any of these salads, combined with one or two slices of whole grain bread, leave me feeling satisfied for hours to come. The whole grains are super important because they provide added protein and other breads don’t stick with me the way whole grains do.
What’s your favorite healthy salad to serve as a meal or a side?
You might also enjoy:
- Grateful Salads – Delicious, Nutritious Salads for the Holiday Table
- A Rainbow of Recipes: Fall Delights for Focus, Energy, and Well-Being
- Finding a Feel-Good Breakfast