It's summer which means its time to celebrate fresh produce and delicious salads – what could be better?
Lee Holmes has created five delicious salad recipes you can make wherever your summer celebrations may take you. Just make sure that when you do enjoy these beauties, you’re enjoying them with your loved ones.
This summer platter will make you forget all about your run-of-the-mill, sad garden salad.
This simple, throw-together salad will wow your guests and make you change the way you think about cooking altogether. While I call it a platter, it's really more of a salad and highlights lusciously sweet and summery figs, creamy goats cheese and antioxidant-rich greens.
While it may appear indulgent, this salad has a lot of hidden health benefits. The figs are high in potassium, which help to lower blood pressure and are high in fibre to get things moving on your insides. The goat’s cheese is high in calcium and essential fatty acids and can be much easier to digest than other cheeses.
This totally good-for-you salad is filled with veggies, berries and healthy fats, making it a nutrient-dense side or a meal in itself.
The kale delivers protein, fibre and impressive amounts of vitamin A and C, making it a powerful antioxidant.
Kale’s dynamic partner in crime (and by crime I mean tasting good, because there’s literally nothing harmful about this salad!), strawberries, are full of vitamin C that’ll help boost immunity and even keep wrinkles at bay.
This welcoming dish brings summer flavours right to your table and who knew healthy could taste so good?
To me, summer just screams watermelon. There’s nothing that adds more bliss to a hot summer's day than eating a piece of sweet and juicy watermelon.
While watermelon is great just on its own, I love putting it into a salad. This salad comes from my book Fast Your Way to Wellness, which is full of summer recipes that are as good for your waistline as they are for your soul.
This dainty teacup salad can bring joy on warm days as a refreshing snack, light meal or even as a dessert.
If you’re looking to cater for vegetarians, flexitarians ( those who like the health benefits of a vegetarian diet, but can't imagine giving up meat) or vegans, you’re definitely going to want to try this one.
While meatless meals are great for our digestion, faux soy meats - which are often used as alternatives - are full of processed ingredients and chemicals that make the whole vegetarian thing not so good after all.
When cooking without meat, be sure to use fresh and natural ingredients. Also remember to include a source of protein, such as beans, seeds, tofu or tempeh.
What’s tempeh, you ask? Tempeh is made of fermented, cooked soybeans, meaning it’s less processed than tofu and high in protein and fibre. This makes it easier to digest and richer in probiotics which are key to increasing our gut microflora.
Nothing says summer like prawns on the BBQ, and the good news is that these little beauties are packed with protein.
The other benefit of prwans is that they fill you up and have approximately the same amount of protein as chicken or beef, yet half the calories.
To make this recipe even easier to plate up, chop and grate up all the vegetables the night before or morning of and have them in the fridge ready to go, that way it will only take you five minutes to prepare. So sit back, relax and enjoy the summer with your family and friends.