Six Salads for Summer

It's heating up here in Sydney!  With a newly vegetarian teenager in my house I'm trying to get in the habit of creating a big, substantial salad on a Sunday that can work as leftovers for the week. Or I get on the #meatfreemonday bandwagon.  Here's 6 of my favourite salads, and one little extra.

 

Hellenic Republic’s Cypriot grain salad

This salad takes a bit of preparation, but makes at least 8 serves.  You could speed things up by swapping freekah for quinoa and using tinned french lentils.  Keep the yoghurt dressing seperate until ready to serve.  Here's the recipe

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My Thai Style Beef Salad

Well probably not great for the vegetarian teenager I guess, but delicious none the less.  This is how I like to eat in summer - a big salad topped with delicious steak.  I discovered this salad when I was pregnant as I was trying to increase my iron stores and eat lots of leafy greens.  It's now a firm family favourite and perfect for teenagers who need zinc and iron for growth, energy and immunity.  I've given the modifications to make this recipe FODMAP friendly.

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Watercress, almond and pomegranate salad

Whenever I'm asked to bring a salad - this is the one that I bring.  It features the most nutrient dense vegetable around  - watercress - which is full of dietary nitrates (reduce blood pressure), and vitamins K, C and A.  I cut down the sugar in the dressing and sometimes use lemon instead of lime juice.

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Black bean and quinoa recovery salad

A favourite flavour combination (see my winter version here), this salad is another substantial grain salad that will last for a few days.  Black beans are an excellent vegetarian source of iron, and quinoa provides plenty of protein.  YUM.

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Nicoise Salad

Take me to the south of France now please.    

Nicoise salad is cheap, filling and super healthy.  Here's my recipe - you can vary the recipe with veggies that you know your family will eat.  The tuna and eggs both provide heart healthy omega-3 essential fatty acids and are a great source of lean protein.  The salad also features loads of veggies which are filling, are full of antioxidants and fibre.  The cooked and cooled potatoes are a great source of resistant starch to nourish your gut bacteria.  This recipe is gluten free, lactose free and I've given the small adjustments needed to make it FOODMAP friendly.

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Watermelon & Pomegranate Salad with Whipped Feta

If you are asked to bring a salad to a BBQ or Christmas party - this one is a winner!  Look at those colours!  And yum, any salad with pomegranate and feta is a winner in my books.  Then add in that beautiful refreshing watermelon and the crunch of almonds, so good.  

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One Yummy Extra

Not really a salad, but a fantastic way to make a salad more special and perfect for bearing in mind when the supermarket tomatoes are a bit tasteless

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