There are phases that hit me after one of the kids go through a cold and the entire family gets it, where I stand stone faced looking at my fridge in despair. I want to make a salad but… There are a few good salads out there on the world wide web that are waiting for me to find, make them and enjoy them. And I did. As a mom, I struggle with ideas to make my own salads and consumption of fresh raw ingredients for energy and health. And while the idea of a salad comes as not filling enough, today we’ve got access to international ideas that carry healthy ingredients to solve that very problem. Farro, rice, couscous, lentils, potatoes or qunioa- it’s all there for you to chose from, you’ve just got to find delicious recipes that complement the bulk. Here’s a pick of some of the most satisfying of salads I’ve found- tried and tested, I felt super achieved making and devouring them. From a hungry mama to you.
Cucumber Avocado Salad
A simple, lemony, avocado-creamy, crunchy and fresh Cucumber Avocado Salad that’s really vegan, quick and easy to make!
Peanut Crunch Salad in a Jar
The Virtual Vegan has pin worthy recipes, and this is another one. A healthy, protein packed, super tasty lunch doesn’t get any easier than this Peanut Crunch Salad in a Jar. Make up a bunch of them while meal prepping on Sunday and you will have grab-and-go lunches all ready in the fridge for your week ahead!
Green Bean Salad
This salad reminds me of the French Nicoise. One of the best ways to enjoy green beans–in a chilled green bean salad! The delicious flavors of these balsamic green beans made with black olives, scallions and eggs complement any meal or occasional potluck.
Keto Broccoli Salad
For those not hopping on the vegan lifestyle just yet, here’s a satisfying salad that fulfills your Keto philosophy. This low-carb Broccoli Salad has broccoli, bacon, cheese, onion, and sunflower/pumpkin seeds in a mayonnaise dressing.
Caribbean Black Bean Salad
This is one of those salads that gathers people- colorful and attractive. This black bean salad recipe is full of healthy ingredients and tastes tangy and satisfying, perfect for everything from potlucks to easy lunch ideas.
Rice & Lentil Salad
A vibrant, filling, and protein-packed salad. Although lentils need precooking time added to the recipe’s length, it still serves as a nutritious and protein rich lunch or side dish for your upcoming summer months. Add goat cheese if you enjoy dairy.
Watermelon Salad with Feta & Cucumber
Is there anything more refreshing than a watermelon salad? This one features salty feta, cucumber, fresh basil, and lemon zest. If you want to make it even more refreshing, replace basil for mint.
Farro Salad with Feta & Cherries
This versatile farro salad features tart cherries, arugula, apples, and feta cheese; it works as a side dish or a main grain dish grain bowl.
Couscous Salad with Feta
Feta is almost synonymous with salad. And why not? This salad: a fresh, healthy Israeli couscous salad with feta, tomatoes and cucumber. This tasty salad is perfect for lunch or an easy dinner.
Fresh Summer Roll Rice Noodle Bowl
Okay, this might not be your typical salad but instead a pretty awesome bowl but hear me out for a second- the greens and herbs give it enough points to qualify as salad given how satisfied yet light you’ll feel once you’ve finished this salad, with a desire for more. Yum.
Roasted Cauliflower Salad with Harrisa Chickpeas
If you don’t have a Harrisa tube from Trader Joes (or any other store) in your fridge, add it to your grocery list right now. The spice in the Harrisa not only gives your recipes (anything bland, literally – pasta and sandwiches included), the spice adds years to your life as shown by studies.This salad provides you with all nutrition needed- An easy, flavor-packed Moroccan-inspired roasted cauliflower salad recipe, with harissa and roasted chickpeas.