Not So Boring Salad Recipes You Should Try Out
Salads are synonyms to the words healthy, boring, bland, and tasteless. That is what I believed when I hadn’t explored the varieties and versatility this one meal has to offer. Trust me, if you too relate salads to boring, you need to try these recipes and i can guarantee you these will change your perception, completely.
Buckwheat Noodle Salad
To be very honest with you all, this salad tops the list for two reasons, one it is noodles, duh! And second, well I am trying to get your attention by giving you a noodle salad so that you stick to the blog and not run away, *wink*.
Anyways, before diving directly into the recipe, for those who don’t know what buckwheat noodles are, they are japanese noodles, commonly known as soba noodles and are made of buckwheat flour, so they are healthier than the normal noodles.
The recipe requires cooking so be prepared with that. In a pan, put oil of choice (I prefer coconut) , stir fry chopped and washed bell peppers and broccoli. In another pan cook buckwheat noodles as per the instructions given on the package and edamame. For dressing, blend lemon juice, garlic, ginger, rice vinegar, maple syrup, white miso, sesame oil, soy sauce, peanut butter, chilli paste, and water (as required) altogether. Once your vegetables and noodles are ready, toss them in a large bowl and mix them with the dressing sauce. For garnishing, sprinkle some sesame seeds.
Broccoli and Cauliflower Salad
If you love broccoli and cauliflower as much as I do, you are going to love this salad. The recipe is pretty simple, just toss oil-coated broccoli, cauliflower florets, and other veggies in a bowl and add salt, pepper and herbs. Transfer them to a baking dish with parchment paper and bake for around 10 to 12 minutes roughly. For dressing, soak dried tomatoes, cashews, garlic, and basil in one cup water, add lemon juice and olive oil to it, after 15 minutes simply blend all the ingredients. Now just assemble roasted veggies with greens of choice and toss them in the dressing you just made. For extra taste and crunch, add an apple and seeds.
Cranberry Chicken Salad
What is better than veggies? Chicken. But how about we don’t make it super unhealthy without compromising on its taste. I tried this recipe when I got bored of grilled chicken breast and I am glad I did.
All you need is shredded chicken, bacon, chopped apple and onion, toasted pecans, and some celery in a bowl. For dressing you can either use store bought avocado mayo or simply mash an avocado in another bowl add rosemary, salt, pepper and a few drops of avocado oil and mix them. If the dressing is thick you can add a few drops of milk, preferably full fat, and combine everything. It’s ready to serve.
I personally prefer having this as my dinner on weekends, preferably sunday night, after smoking delta 8. These two get me going and help me kick start another week.
Mexican Bean Salad
We all know when we are discussing salads, beans are going to get introduced. An amazing source of carbs and protein, beans make a great salad that no one can resist. And of course, who wouldn’t wish to try Mexican cuisine? Well, this is Mexican inspired salad as the ingredients are used in most of the Mexican dishes and it’s an attempt to use them all and convert the usual into a salad.
In a bowl take beans, all and any sorts of beans, chopped onion, bell peppers, jalapeno, corn, and cilantro. Keep it aside and in another bowl take vinegar, oil, salt, peper, cumin powder, and sugar. Mix them all and combine the veggies with the vinegar dressing. Have it as it is or with nachos, healthy chips, tortilla chips, whatever you like. You can even use this salad as a wrap or taco filling.
Don’t know what to make, this salad is your go-to recipe for every mood and hunger type.
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