It’s easy to eat healthy when your taste buds are happy with what’s on the plate. That’s especially challenging when it comes to salads. Because even if you hit the right balance of produce and protein, how do you keep your mouth interested without drowning your good intentions in high-calorie dressing? So, it’s a great time to swap out cold-weather comfort foods with lighter, fresher ingredients.
Arugula, Cabbage, Avocado Salad with Grapes
Five supremely fresh and flavorful ingredients come together in perfect harmony in this simple, cleansing salad. Crunchy, colorful cabbage boosts this recipe’s antioxidant power, infusing it with properties that naturally ward off toxic compounds in the body. Arugula adds a peppery bite and also provides a cancer-fighting component called sulforaphane. This salad also contains tangy, zesty lemon. And, of course, there’s the smooth and rich avocado and the sweet and fruity grapes. Packed with all of these health-supportive ingredients and refreshing flavors.
Early Spring Roasted Vegetable Salad
Pan roasting spring vegetables like asparagus, snow peas and cauliflower is a surefire way to transition your cold-weather go-to’s into more refreshing springtime alternatives. This one we call somewhat of a hybrid. Toss these “caramelized” nutrient-rich veggies over light salad greens with dill and lemon juice (citrus = vitamin C, an antioxidant), and you’ll have your next warm-weather hit!
Chopped Kale Salad with Thai Sesame Dressing
Feel cleansed and lighter with this super simple chopped kale salad Carrots and almonds give it a fresh crunch, and the Asian-inspired dressing turns up the volume on flavor. Plus, this salad features both lemon and ginger, a powerful dynamic duo when it comes to detoxification. Hold on, we’re not done yet — apple cider vinegar also makes an appearance in this recipe with proven gut-cleansing properties that will help make your digestive system spick and span. Let’s get choppin’!
Cabbage and Cannellini Salad
This salad just goes to show that “detox” does not necessarily mean you have to go hungry! Cabbage contains powerful players called polyphenols, which act as detoxifying antioxidants. The onions in this dish are anti-inflammatory as well as act as a natural prebiotic to promote healthy gut bacteria. Aside from infusing this salad with protein, cannellini beans (white kidney beans) load this recipe with health-supportive, appetite-suppressing fiber, which also helps prevent rapid blood sugar spikes. So carpe the cabbage and cannellini today!
Thai Zucchini Salad
No need to fire up the stove or the oven for this zucchini dish! A trifecta of “courgettes,” including zucchini, cucumber, and carrots, show their true, raw colors in this Thai salad. Aside from being naturally hydrating, these vegetables are packed with vitamins A and C, essential for eye health, immunity, and combatting harmful oxidation in the body! Furthermore, the super flavorful dressing utilizes tahini, a rich sesame seed paste full of phosphorus, potassium, and iron. Ginger is also included here, a warm and spicy detox staple.
Fresh Dandelion and Radish Salad with Apple Cider Vinaigrette
Dandelions are no longer just a pretty yellow flower that blossoms in grassy fields in the spring and summer. Chock full of calcium, iron, and vitamins A and C, dandelion greens offer some fierce competition when it comes to salad greens selection. They also boast liver-cleansing properties. If you’re looking to clean up your act this spring, toss these greens together with radishes and a gut-supportive apple cider vinaigrette, and voila!
That all-star list of six healthy salad recipes so you can get yourself into gear for those sunny days! Packed with vitamins, minerals, and powerful antioxidants, these nourishing yet truly refreshing recipes are the key to revitalizing your system!