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
Sesame Chicken Salad
If you feel like a dish with some Asian flair, dress mixed baby greens (the fiber) with a vinaigrette made with equal parts rice wine vinegar and toasted sesame oil (which is high in antioxidants and contains some good-for-you mono- and polyunsaturated fatty acids) and flavored with some fresh grated ginger. Prepare a batch of aromatic water by dropping in a couple of crushed garlic cloves and several slices of fresh ginger to poach a chicken breast. Add to the salad with sliced snow peas and slivered almonds, another great source of heart-healthy fats.