Do you cringe when you think of eating a salad for lunch? When you see a salad, does your brain automatically feel like you are on a diet? I know when I am eating salad at work, people automatically ask me if I am dieting. Of course I tell them no, I simply live a healthy lifestyle. Eating salad for lunch is one way to make sure I am eating something green and add to my daily intake of veggies or fruit.
Salads can be a vehicle for so many ingredients. I use beans, fruit, sweet potatoes, seeds, nuts, avocado - the list goes on and on. Sometimes, I even put in organic chicken or steak or wild caught tuna. The salads I make are definitely not boring. When people at work look at my salads, they are impressed. The other thing I love about salads for lunch or dinner is you can make all the ingredients ahead of time and then simply throw it all together! Just don't put on any dressing until you are just about ready to eat and everything will stay crisp.
I also like to eat my salads at room temperature. That might be a little strange but I feel eating salad at room temperature increases the flavor of the ingredients. Maybe it is just me! Also, I rarely use salad dressing. If I do, I make sure to make my own because store bought dressings contain a lot of sugar. No one needs excess sugar. If I need a sugar fix, I'd rather have a cookie.
Below are some of my favorite salad recipes. I hope they become your favorite as well. If you make any of the salads, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram as @heatherleehurst and use the #heathershealthhabits hashtag. I love seeing your takes on the recipes I share!
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The Ultimate Fall Salad from Making Thyme for Health. Fall is almost here so why not celebrate with a rich salad that contains all the goodness of fall. Using kale, brussels sprouts, red cabbage and pomegranates this salad uses fresh in-season fall veggies and fruit. The recipe also has a dressing recipe using apple cider vinegar.If you feel you need more substance to the salad, chickpeas or grilled chicken would be perfect! Click here for the recipe.
Apple Pecan Arugula Salad from Minimalist Baker. It is apple season! I had some wonderful organic Honeycrisp apples with lunch this week. Putting fruit in a salad can help satisfy a sweet tooth and keep sweet cravings at bay. Natural sugars are much better for us because the body can process sugars found in whole fruits a lot more efficiently compared to fruit juice or processed sweets. Plus, apples are a low glycemic fruit which means it will not spike blood sugar. This recipe contains a dressing recipe using maple syrup. I would forego the dressing given there will be sweetness from the apples. Click here for the recipe.
Autumn Chopped Chicken Salad from Natasha's Kitchen. This salad uses pears, pecans, cranberries and chicken to satisfy the meat-lovers in your life. The dressing recipe included is a basic balsamic vinaigrette giving a sweet and sour combination. Click here for the recipe.
Roasted Vegetable Salad from The Organic Kitchen. I am really into roasting veggies and putting them into a salad. The roasted veggies give different texture and flavor combinations when combined with traditional salad ingredients like cucumbers, tomatoes and celery. This recipe uses fall vegetables butternut squash, carrots, asparagus and parsnips. If one of those veggies aren't for you or not in season, you can substitute eggplant, sweet potatoes and red onions. Click here for the recipe.
Autumn Steak Salad with Kale from Everyday Maven. Who doesn't love a great steak salad? Especially when it is paired with kale. I try to eat something green everyday. That is why salads are a perfect way to achieve my goal! Kale, arugula or romaine, the basic salad greens can really help support a healthy lifestyle. Green foods contain chlorophyll which is full of vitamins and antioxidants. This salad is so simple, it is an easy weeknight dinner option. Click here for the recipe.
I hope this post inspires you to think about salads for lunch or dinner. If you try any of the recipes, let me know what you thought! Follow my blog on Bloglovin.