These delicious salad recipes are a whole lot more exciting than iceberg lettuce and sliced cucumber tossed together. Give them a try and get back on the healthy-eating wagon again.
After all the delicious treats of the holidays, it can be hard to get back to healthy eating. Try these scrumptious salad recipes – not only are they good for you, but delicious too!
ZOODLE SALAD WITH ASIAN SESAME DRESSING
‘Zoodles’ or zucchini noodles are taking over the world. While they make a great no-carb substitute for pasta, they make an even more interesting addition to salads, adding crunch, texture – and they look fancy too!
Zest of 1 orange
¼ cup orange juice, preferably freshly squeezed
3 tbsp sesame oil
3 tbsp peanut oil
¼ tsp dried chilli flakes
2 tbsp white wine vinegar
2 tbsp honey
2 cloves garlic, peeled and finely grated
4 tsp toasted sesame seeds
250g zucchini noodles*
100g carrot noodles*
1 spring onion, finely sliced
¼ cup coriander, washed and picked
Combine all the salad dressing ingredients together in a bowl and whisk vigorously in order to combine all the ingredients. Combine all the zoodle ingredients together in a serving bowl, then just before it’s needed, drizzle the sesame dressing over, mix gently to combine and serve immediately.
*Note: Zucchini and carrot noodles are available at Checkers, or you can make your own using a spiral cutter (R65, Home Etc.).
CRUNCHY RAINBOW SALAD BOWL WITH CARROT DRESSING
2016 was the year of the rainbow smoothie bowl, but summer 2017 is all about the rainbow salad bowl. Good for you, good for your Instagram feed – it’s a win-win situation.
1 cup grated carrots
½ tsp grated ginger
4 tbsp canola oil
Juice of ½ lemon
¼ cup water
Honey, to taste
Pinch of salt
2 baby gem or cos lettuce heads, washed
½ red onion, finely sliced
½ cup baby rosa tomatoes, halved
½ small purple cabbage
½ cup blueberries
In a blender, blitz all of the carrot dressing ingredients together until smooth and set aside. In a bowl, lay out the lettuce leaves. On top of the lettuce, arrange the red onion, tomatoes, cabbage and blueberries. Drizzle the salad dressing over just before serving.
GREEN GENIE SALAD
Loaded with all the good stuff, this salad also gets its name from the jealous looks your work colleagues will be throwing your way when you open your lunchbox.
Basil pesto dressing
2 tsp basil pesto
1 lemon, juiced
50ml canola oil
½ tsp sugar
1 packet baby spinach leaves, washed well
200g green beans, trimmed
200g broccoli, in florets
1 large ripe avocado, sliced*
100g mange tout or sugar snap peas, thinly sliced
½ cup pumpkin seeds, toasted
For the salad dressing, combine the ingredients in a small bowl and set aside. In a pot of boiling, salted water, add the green beans and broccoli. Cook until slightly tender and crunchy, remove from the pot and place in iced water to cool completely, then drain well. In a serving bowl, combine all the ingredients and drizzle the pesto dressing over. Serve immediately.
* Tip: Squeeze lemon juice over the avocado once you have peeled and sliced it to stop it from turning brown.
ROASTED BUTTERNUT AND QUINOA SALAD WITH ALMONDS AND YOGHURT DRESSING
If you’re not a lettuce fan, this is the salad for you. It’s loaded with protein in many forms, making it a great post-workout lunch. Add some crumbled-up feta, if you like.
1 butternut, peeled, seeded and diced
Oil, to drizzle
2 tbsp paprika
1 tbsp brown sugar
Salt and pepper, to taste
¼ cup honey
½ cup whole almonds
Salt, to taste
½ cup Greek yoghurt
30ml olive oil
½ lemon, juiced
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 cup cooked quinoa (cooked according to packet instructions)
Fresh coriander, to serve
Preheat the oven to 200°C. On a baking tray, drizzle the olive oil over the diced butternut, then season with the paprika, sugar, salt and pepper. Mix well and ensure the butternut is well coated, then bake in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes or until tender and golden.
Heat up the honey slightly in the microwave and mix into the almonds, ensuring they’re fully coated. Pour onto a baking tray and bake in the oven for 10 minutes or until toasted and caramelised. Remove from the oven, sprinkle with salt and allow to cool.
Combine all the ingredients for the yoghurt dressing together and set aside.
To serve, combine the quinoa, butternut and honey almonds together in a bowl, season well. Garnish with the fresh coriander and drizzle with the yoghurt dressing.
MEDITERRANEAN CAULIFLOWER COUSCOUS SALAD
Carb-free, packed with flavour and good-for-you ingredients, there are so many reasons why this salad needs to be in your work lunchbox!
1 head cauliflower
1 red onion, sliced
50g fresh rosa tomatoes
50g calamata olives, pitted
1 lemon, zest and juice
2 sprigs mint leaves, torn
Handful flat leaf parsley, torn
¼ cup olive oil
Salt and pepper, to taste
Break off the florets of the cauliflower and discard the core as well as any leaves. Transfer the cauliflower to a blender and pulse in two batches until completely broken down into couscous-sized granules and pull out any chunks leftover. If you don’t own a blender you can grate the cauliflower instead. Season well then toss together with the rest of the ingredients.
EAT HEALTHY AND DELICIOUS!
* Prices were correct at time of publication, but are subject to change.