Now that spring is here, it is nice to enjoy lighter food. This salad is substantial enough to be a meal, yet light and won’t weigh you down. If you haven’t cooked with wheat berries before, they are really nutritious, containing protein and fiber. Here, I combine them with sweet mangoes, vegan feta, and crunchy pecans in a light vinaigrette dressing for a delicious combination. This would be great for a vegetarian main dish or side for Easter!
This salad is not only colorful and pretty, but good for you too! It is packed with fiber and vitamins from the veggies, and it is so good! Beets and carrots are about to come into season here now that it is spring, so it is the perfect time to make it!
If you are looking for a new way to enjoy broccoli, give this salad a try! It has a creamy peanut dressing with a little bit of a kick, crunchy peanuts and colorful carrots and red bell pepper. It is easy to make and so good! Perfect for making ahead of time to use in lunches!
If you are looking for a protein packed healthy but delicious meal, look no further than this quinoa! It is packed with southwest flavor, and you get plenty of protein and fiber thanks to the beans and quinoa. Combining beans with quinoa is something I do often, and I always feel good and satisfied after enjoying it. This would be perfect to make ahead and bring in your lunches too!
There is so much heavy rich food at Thanksgiving, it is nice to sometimes have a lighter salad on the table to balance it out. That is why I love this kale salad! It is packed with flavor, and is delicious, but it is also pretty healthy thanks to all of the nutrients and fiber from the squash, kale and pumpkin seeds. It is easy to make too, and could even be made a day ahead of time (just don’t mix in the squash until you are ready to serve). This would make a lovely addition to your holiday meal!
Pears are in season right now and at their most flavorful, so I like to use them in a lot of recipes, savory and sweet in addition to snacking on them. The recipe I am sharing with you today happens to be savory, and combines the sweet pears with roasted squash for a hearty fall salad. I also include crunchy walnuts for a bit of protein and heart healthy oils! This is perfect for a light dinner if you make it 2 servings, or in addition to your meal as a healthy side.
I love a good hearty salad in the Fall. Especially one involving kale, a more sturdy green packed with nutrients. The recipe I am sharing with you today is so simple to make but so good and good for you! It combines the kale with apples, which are at their peak of season right now locally, and toasted pumpkin seeds for a little bit of protein and crunch. I toss it all in an oil free tahini lemon maple dressing and it is wonderful! This is perfect for making ahead of time to include in your lunches!
If you are looking for a quick and easy delicious salad to serve at your Labor Day BBQ this Caribbean corn and black bean salad is a great choice! It is packed with flavor, and goes well with grilled proteins as a healthy lighter side dish. Also, it happens to be vegan and gluten free, and could be served as a main dish salad. It is filled with protein, fiber and nutrients, so you can also feel good about enjoying it!
In the summer, pasta salad is a staple! One of my favorites is this Italian vegetable pasta salad. It is really quick and easy to make and so good! In fact it would be perfect for a picnic or pot luck. I used a gluten free lentil pasta so it also has more protein and fiber than traditional pasta salad, and I used a vegan parmesan so it is dairy free as well!
Tofu is one of my favorite protein sources. It is a black palate for many different flavors, so whatever type of food you feel like eating you can tailor it to your own tastes. One of my favorite recipes using it is this peanut noodle salad with tofu. You bake the tofu, then toss it with whole wheat noodles and veggies in a flavorful rich tasting peanut sauce. It is a healthy satisfying dinner that is on the table in under 45 minutes!