The best thing about salad is that you don’t even need to cook if you don’t want to. It’s really just chopping up ingredients and putting them in a bowl, and maybe using up some leftover rice.
For salad to be a filling meal you need a few components.
- Leafy greens. And lots of them. Leafy greens are great for you for a myriad of reasons, and they will be the perfect base for your salad. Try using
- Iceburg lettuce (or other kinds of lettuce)
- Carbs or Protein. This will be the ‘hearty’ and filling component of your salad. Depending on how filling you want it, add in one or two of these options
- Grains – Couscous, rice, quinoa, pasta
- Roasted veggies (great for extra vitamins) – Sweet potato, beetroot, pumpkin
- Beans – Lentils, chickpeas, edamame
- Meat – Shredded chicken, ham, tuna or salmon, once I even used left over homemade beef patties
- Raw veggies. I recommend using a few different colours of vegetables, as different colours represent different vitamins. I usually just use what I have in my fridge, carrot, cucumber, capsicum, tomato etc, but get creative. Try
- Snow peas
- Baby pickles
- Healthy fats. Healthy fats not only have great health benefits for your brain and your body, they also help you feel fuller for longer. Try adding
- Seeds – Flax seed, pepitas, sunflower seeds (bonus: they add a fun crunchy texture too!)
So without further ado, get onto the salad as a meal bandwagon, without feeling hungry one hour later.