Great year round, main-course salads are especially popular in warm weather. Here are some tips and ideas for a well-balanced meal-sized salad.
If you eat your salad as a main course, make sure that it includes a good source of protein in sufficient quantity to support you until you next meal. For example, you can add any of the following ingredients:
One can also combine different protein sources together for more variety (eg. Cauliflower and Red Bean Salad with Feta Cheese).
For a colourful salad, don’t limit it to only green leaves and tomatoes. You can add both raw and cooked vegetables for a variety of interesting textures. Fruit, fresh or dried, are an addition that brings freshness (ex. Endive, Pear, and Cambozola Salad).
For a meal as complete as possible, add a serving of grain products into the salad (rice, quinoa, couscous etc) or on the side (pita, tortilla, bread etc).
It is the seasoning that will tie everything by marrying the flavours. Forget commercial dressing, as they’re usually too high in salt, and prepare your own to your taste. In summer, we can easily add fresh herbs (mint, coriander, parsley, etc.) for more flavour and freshness.