Summer salads - Women's Running

Summer salads

Author: Women's Running Magazine

Read Time:   |  June 29, 2015

When the hot weather rolls in, salads are a great option for lunch or dinner. The variety is endless and you can throw them together with minimum fuss and effort. And they certainly don’t have to be considered boring rabbit food as these three recipes show…

Salad Niçoise
For a cheap and cheerful meal that’s so easy to make you could throw it together at your desk, this classic tuna salad is a great go-to. Tinned tuna if full of protein as well as selenium, potassium and B vitamin.

Method: Place a handful of watercress salad leaves in a bowl and top with a tablespoon of green olives, one boiled egg (quartered), cherry tomatoes (halved), one tablespoon of artichoke hearts and one tin of tuna.

Cobb Salad
This healthier take on an American Cobb Salad is really simple and it’s packed with protein and good fats to keep you fuller for longer. The addition of ripe and creamy avocado means you can skip the dressing but if you want a more traditional, and naughty, take on this dish then add a tablespoon of crumbed blue cheese.

Method: Place a handful of mixed salad leaves in a bowl and layer with one tablespoon of black pitted olives, a handful of cherry tomatoes (halved) and one boiled egg (quartered). Slice one grilled chicken breast and layer on top of the salad with half an avocado.

Butternut Squash Salad
This chucky superfood salad features plenty of what’s good for you. Butternut squash is packed with vitamin A, potassium and fibre and the pomegranate seeds not only look gorgeous, but also contain vitamins A, C and E, iron and known for their powerful antioxidant properties which and are said to ward of cardio-vascular disease, cancers and inflammation. And let’s not forget the walnuts which are rich in omega-3 fatty acids.

Method: Roast half a butternut squash (cubed). Add to a bowl and combine with green salad leaves, chopped celery, pomegranate seeds and walnuts. Add a drizzle of olive oil if desired.

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