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
Quinoa, Tuna, and Veggie Salad
You’ll often hear quinoa hailed as a wonder grain (though it’s actually a seed) because it’s an excellent source of plant-based protein, plus it contains beneficial and filling fiber. Because it’s equally good served hot or cold, quinoa makes a great base for a summery salad tossed with grilled or sautéed veggies (for added fiber) and canned albacore tuna (for beneficial fats). Season with salt and pepper to taste and dress with a simple vinaigrette made of fresh lemon juice, lemon zest and walnut oil for another good-fat boost.