Warm summer weather is a beautiful thing… until you find yourself having to turn on the oven. We don’t know about you, but at Ledbetter we like to keep the excessive sweating for workouts only. Luckily, you can stay cool and still hit your macros by trying out one of these unique, delicious salads!
- Lime Caesar Salad: After tasting this unique spin on Caesar, you may never want to eat the traditional version again. Start with chopped romaine, add cut up cooked turkey bacon, shredded parmesan cheese, chopped cucumber, and chopped peanuts. Dress the salad with low-fat caesar dressing (we recommend Bolthouse Farms yogurt based dressing) and a squeeze of lime juice, and you’ve got yourself the least Italian but most delicious Caesar salad ever.
- Blue Cherry Salad: If you’re a lover of sweet and salty flavors, this salad will become your new favorite – especially when made this time of year when the cherries are in season! To a bed of mixed greens or spinach, add cut up rainier cherries, reduced fat blue cheese, sliced red onion, and silvered almonds. Topped with a light balsamic vinaigrette, this salad will be the cherry on top of your day! *Wink Wink*
- Granny Apple Salad: This combination may not sound like it works well together, but once you try it, you’ll want to have it all the time! To a bowl of chopped romaine, add pieces of a chopped Granny Smith apple, chopped cashews, and shredded reduced fat mozzarella. Bathe this beauty in a mild, sweet dressing like Panera’s fat-free poppyseed dressing, and you won’t know what hit you – in a good way.
- Asian Crunch Salad: If you’re a fan of the type of Asian salads restaurants serve with fried wonton strips, you’ll love this salad; it has all that crunch without the saturated fat of the wontons. Start with a big bowl of coleslaw mix or shredded cabbage, then add mandarin orange segments, cooked edamame, and sesame seeds or silvered almonds. Drizzle this beauty with some light or reduced fat Asian vinaigrette for a flavorful, super crunchy treat.
- Watermelon Feta Salad: Summertime caprese, anyone? To a base of mixed greens or arugula, add chopped watermelon, fresh chopped basil, feta cheese, and chopped cucumber. Dress this salad with lime juice or drizzle with reduced balsamic, (not both!) and you’ll have a hard time finding a more refreshing warm weather meal.
With a little added protein, these salads will make for great meals to help you stay satisfied and on track towards your goals, without having to break a sweat… in the kitchen anyways! If you try out any of these salads, tag us @ledbetter_inc and @sprinkledwithhealth on Facebook or Instagram and let us know how much you enjoyed them!
Recipe Developer / Food Blogger: Meg Bush.