These simple and beautiful salad recipes are not only colorful, but they are also packed with antioxidants, phytonutrients, and health-promoting fiber.
Different types of salads
Some of these healthy salad recipes take the word salad to a whole new level, and we have such a variety to share with you.
- garden salads
- bean salads
- kale salads
- pasta salads
- vegan egg salads
- whole-grain salads
- mixtures of the above
- and more…
It’s not hard to find salad recipes. Just do an online search, and you will find thousands upon thousands of them. The problem with many of them is that they are loaded with artery-clogging saturated fat that can lead to heart disease.
But, the 16 salad recipes that follow are among the most health-promoting ones that can be found! They are powerhouses and loaded with greens, beans, and whole grains.
As you give some of them a try, I would love to hear which ones are your favorites in the comment section below.
Is it healthy to eat a salad every day?
Absolutely! According to a study that examined the salad consumption of more than 17,000 adults. The study, conducted by the UCLA School of Public Health, and published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association (JADA), found that those who eat salads and raw vegetables daily have considerably higher levels of vitamins C, E, and folic acid. These are all key nutrients in promoting a healthy immune system.
What type of salad is actually the healthiest?
This is a great question, because so many people buy premade salads at restaurants, thinking they are doing their body (and weight) a favor when, in fact, they are consuming an enormous amount of fat and calories.
One example of this is Panera Bread’s Southwest Chili Lime Ranch Salad with Chicken that has a whopping 650 calories and 34 grams of fat per serving! Not to mention that the sodium is 810 mg, which is well over half of the daily recommended allowance.
The healthiest salads are loaded with dark leafy greens and have a rainbow of vibrant-colored veggies. They are void of cheese, meats, and heavy dressings.
Healthy salads also incorporate whole grains like quinoa and bulgur, as well as black beans and other bean varieties.
Healthy salad dressings
Let’s face it. The store-bought vegan salad dressings are either loaded with oil and fat, or they taste odd. Though I have looked far and wide, very few have I found to be satisfactory.
That’s why I want to share some of my favorite healthy salad dressings with you here.
- Orange Miso Ginger Dressing
- 3-2-1 Easy Oil-Free Salad Dressing
- Simple 5-Minute Tahini Dressing
- Chipotle Sauce
- Tangy Tomato Dressing
- Gluten-Free Raspberry Dressing
Now, here’s that list of 16 salads that will rock your plate or bowl and help promote the best health. Here we go!