Crisp, fresh salads are wonderful on a hot summer day, but you need more than just lettuce and veggies to make a meal. These salads have ingredients loaded with filling protein, fiber and healthy fats—and they’re easy to make.
When summer’s heat is on, warm, heavy dinners tend to lose their appeal. Instead we crave foods that are light, cool, and fresh. Salads are ideal for this kind of hot-weather eating, but too often they’re dismissed as insubstantial meals.
Not so fast. It’s actually easy to make a light, yet filling salad if you have the right formula. All you need is a balance of fiber, protein, and good fats. It’s that easy. Take a look at these ideas for simple, substantial salads you can make at home this summer. Maybe they’ll inspire you to come up with some combinations of your own.
Provided by Dr. Oz The Good Life Magazine
Mediterranean Bulgur-Lentil Salad
Who said salads have to be primarily comprised of greens? Think Mediterranean and toss bulgur with lentils and diced tomatoes plus chopped walnuts, spinach, and fresh mint. The bulgur and veggies supply the fiber, and the walnuts and lentils, the protein. Walnuts also provide polyunsaturated fats to round out a filling meal that’s heart-healthy, too.