5 Tasty Salads That Don't Suck

Salads can be a great way to get more leafy greens, vegetables and healthy fats into the diet, but they might not always feel like the most satisfying or tastiest option for a main meal. Like smoothies, there are endless ingredients you can add to your salads to bring them to life. Things like nuts, seeds, dried or fresh fruit, fresh herbs and a flavourful homemade dressing can send your taste buds on an adventure.

If you feel like your salad game could use some work, check out these 5 recipes from around the web that are anything but boring. Packed with nutrients, flavour, protein and crunch, these recipes will (re)inspire you to add salads to your weekly menu.

5 Tasty Salad Recipes That Don't Suck

Greek Chicken Salad

Greek Chicken Salad - Paleo Running Mama
Greek Chicken Salad - Paleo Running Mama

This Greek Chicken Salad recipe has everything you need from a salad and more. Packed with protein, good quality fats and veggies you'll be feeling full and satisfied for hours! The chicken marinade also doubles as a dressing to keep things simple. Everything except the avocado slices can be prepped in advance, making this a great meal prep recipe.

Roasted Yam Blueberry Kale Salad

Roasted Yam Blueberry Kale Salad - HEAL
Roasted Yam Blueberry Kale Salad - HEAL

This is one of those salads that can be as versatile as you need it to be! No blueberries? Add strawberries or dried cranberries instead. Wanting something that's dairy free? Try a dairy-free feta or add chickpeas for extra protein. Not a fan of kale? No problem, sub in your favourite greens instead.

Egg Roll in a Bowl

Egg Roll in a Bowl - 40 Aprons
Egg Roll in a Bowl - 40 Aprons

This one might be a bit of a stretch for a "salad" but it's super tasty and a total crowd pleaser so it's staying. The base is super simple with a bag of coleslaw mix and the best part? The dressing is only two ingredients. It's also totally gluten-free and dairy-free and comes together in just one pan.

Gluten-Free Crispy Chicken Tender Salad

Gluten-Free Crispy Chicken Tender Salad - HEAL
Gluten-Free Crispy Chicken Tender Salad - HEAL

This crispy chicken tender salad recipe is another perfect meal prep option. The chicken tenders can be made ahead to save time and you could even make extras to have as part of another meal. The honey dijon mustard is creamy, but dairy free and can be used as dressing or marinade for other recipes too.

Cobb Salad

Cobb Salad - 40 Aprons
Cobb Salad - 40 Aprons

This salad almost doesn't need an explanation. With jammy eggs, bacon, avocado, chicken and veggies your belly will be satisfied for hours and hours. Fibre, good quality fat and protein are they three keys to keep you feeling full and satisfied and this recipe delivers on each.

Final Suggestions

Salads can be a great meal prep option and can typically be prepared in 30 minutes or less. Just divide the greens, toppings and protein between 4 to 5 containers or mason jars, prepare the dressing, and you’re set for the week! For more variety you can also try switching things up with different greens such as spring mix, spinach, arugula or romaine.

If salads haven’t typically been one of your favourite meals, I encourage you to experiment with a few different recipes to find a few you love. Before you know it, these superfood meals will be a regular part of your weekly menu. 

If you love getting new healthy recipes that leave you feeling inspired to add more nutrient dense meals to your week, then stay tuned for more information on our internal Holistic Nutritionist, Amanda Miller's upcoming Whole30 Group Coaching Program starting on Monday, April 4th, 2022.

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