No one is arguing the point that salads can be boring. Mention the word salad the any man and the response is going to be negative. However the truth of the matter is that a good salad can be just as satisfying as a large steak with all the trimmings, it’s just a case of applying your mind to all the delicious ingredients that are out there. This is especially true now that almost anyone can have access to organic produce at your neighborhood grocery store.
So how about these great salad ideas that will have everyone coming back for seconds.
#1 The Barbecue Chicken Salad.
This is an absolute favorite with young and old. And it’s packed full of protein and vegetable goodness.
First make sure that you buy great chicken – breasts are the best. Griddle cook those breasts in olive oil after adding some kosher salt and a generous dash of ground pepper. Now for the best bits. Some lettuce, Romaine is a favorite and add some baby tomato and some canned black beans and corn. Just rip that lettuce up and toss. Add some chopped red onion and garnish with cheese of your choice. This goes great with a Ranch dressing. Nice and simple.
#2 Bacon And Pasta.
Who doesn’t love bacon – and who doesn’t love pasta? This is a great (and filling) summer time treat.
You’ll want to fry up some back bacon and drain it. Get the rest of the salad ready by preparing some pasta – I like elbow pasta, but feel free to improvise. Kosher salt and ground black pepper to taste and add two avocados diced. A handful of fresh thyme makes this really pop. Just tear it up and add. Lemon juice and mayo with an added bit of olive oil as dressing and you’re ready to go.
#3 Classic Greek Salad.
This has been a classic for a long time for a reason – it’s delicious. And its really simple to prepare. First the Greek bit. Take some Kalamata olives – as many as you want and add to that crispy lettuce. Add some great onions – red onions are great. Feta cheese is required, just crumble it in. One hard boiled egg just ripped apart and some lemon zest and you’re ready to go. Some folk love to add Greek yogurt dressing – and we can’t argue with that approach – and if you’re feeling friendly a bit of crushed garlic won’t hurt.
#4 Lime And Shrimp Salad.
There are very few people on the planet (aside from those with shellfish allergies) who are not going to go crazy for this salad. It’s simple and it’s perfect for summer. Just use those easy to prepare jumbo shrimp that you can get in a can – if you’re feeling the summer happy then seer them on a griddle. Then add a bit of lettuce (your choice), some crushed walnuts and off course the avocado. Canned corn can also add some crunch. Dressing should be light – just a sprinkle of lemon and some olive oil will do the trick.
#5 The BLT.
This is possibly the greatest ode to the American dream. It’s got everything that you need for absolute happiness. Bacon, lettuce, Tomato. So simple and yet so delicious. A classic without the bun (or two slices of white bread). Back or shoulder bacon as crispy as possible and your choice of lettuce. Rip that lettuce up into bite size pieces. Cherry tomatoes to taste (the more the better). Goats milk cheese and apple cider vinegar with a dash of olive oil and a pour of lime.
Enjoy these – they’re healthy and a great option for summer fun.