Nutritious Spring Salads
A healthy diet is important no matter what season it is, but springtime is a wonderful time to devote to making some nutritious spring salads for you and your family. With the farmer’s markets full of delicious and healthy fruits and vegetables, spring is a wonderful time to bring more vibrant colors to your salads and meals in general.
Here are a few spring salads that will nourish your body nicely and give you a good dose of energy too:
Smoky Ham and Corn Salad
This salad is a mix of corn, diced ham, and croutons and is pretty simple and straightforward. This salad makes for a wonderful lunch or addition to dinner. It goes great with a glass of fine wine. It’s easy to make in less than 15 minutes, contains a lot of fiber, and has low fat and cholesterol.
Cucumber and Black-Eyed Pea Salad
If you’re a fan of grilled steaks or chicken, this is a great salad to serve with such. You’ll need two cucumbers, a 14 ounce can of black-eyed peas, 2/3 cup red bell pepper (diced), a bit of sliced onion, black olives, and feta cheese. If you don’t like black-eyed peas, you can easily replace it with white beans or chickpeas. Top with a salad dressing of your choosing. This salad is gluten-free and delicious.
Peas and Lettuce
Inspired by French cuisine, this refreshing salad is simple and delicious. It goes well with seafood and chicken. All you need to make this is about 2 cups of fresh peas and a small head of lettuce, sliced. Add 3 to 4 teaspoons of extra-virgin olive oil, salt, and pepper to taste, and sprinkle chopped mint on top. This super salad has plenty of fiber and a very low amount of cholesterol and fat.
Asparagus Salad with Poached Eggs
For the egg and greens lovers, this salad is perfect. Roast two bunches of asparagus. For the dressing, mix together about 3 tablespoons of olive oil, salt, and pepper to taste, 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, the zest of 1 lemon, ½ teaspoon dry mustard. Get a bag of arugula and mix together with the dressing. Poach 4 large eggs to the consistency you’d like, then add them and the asparagus on top. This salad goes well with steak, chicken, or fish.
As you can see, there are various salads you can make to really boost your health and enjoy good food. Take some time this month to make it your intention to implement more salads into your life. Continue to do some research on the different types of salads available and give them a try. Eating more salads will certainly help you feel better and nutritionally, your body will love it.
- Nashua Nutrition Admin