As the weather warms up and the prospect of getting out of bulky winter clothing causes us all to suck our stomachs in a bit more, changing up your diet is a great way to inject “fresh” motivation into a weight loss journey, or merely increase your general health and mood. Spring is the beginning of the growing season, and fresh salads are a great way to cut calories whilst still remaining full and satisfied.
These are three of my favourite springtime salads. In addition to being low-calorie and full of great, fresh taste, they represent a different approach to salad eating in general. One is a meal salad, one a side salad, and one a meat salad. By mixing up the ways in which you eat salads, you keep your meals more diverse and your palate interested but keep to lower-calorie options that help to supercharge your weight loss and get you into warm weather shape.
Beautiful Barramundi Salad
Fish is such an important part of our diets. I try to eat fish several times each week both over salad as well as on its own. The Barramundi is a light, white fish which offers a mild flavour perfect for serving over salad greens, as in this recipe.
- 1 medium Barramundi fillet
- 200 grams fresh baby spinach
- 225 grams diced beetroot, drained
- 30 grams low-fat cheddar cheese, crumbled
- Juice of ½ a lemon
- Preheat oven to 180° C.
- Place fish fillet on an oven tray lined with baking paper and squeeze the lemon over the top.
- Place in oven for 10-15 minutes.
- Place spinach in a large bowl and add the beetroot and cheese.
- Flake fish into pieces and sprinkle on top of the salad.
Stunning Strawberry Melon Salad
Salads are not all about the veggies. In fact, fruit salads make a lovely side dish that pair well with low-fat meats like chicken and fish. By pairing sweet fruits with savoury additions like onion and coriander, this simple side salad takes on a more elevated flavour that is great for company as well as when dining alone.
- 2 Tbsps. finely chopped red onion
- 2 Tbsps. lime juice
- 1 red chili, finely chopped
- 2 Tbsps. chopped coriander
- Salt to taste
- ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
- 6 cups watermelon, cut into 1-inch cubes
- 4 cups strawberries, hulled and halved
- Whisk onions, lime juice, chili, coriander, and salt in a large bowl.
- Gradually add in olive oil while continuing to whisk.
- Add in the chopped up fruit and toss to coat.
- Serve immediately as a side dish.
Toothsome Turkey and Broccoli Salad
When you want a heartier “salad” the old standbys filled with mayonnaise are a tempting option. However, it is possible to still enjoy the creaminess of a meat-based salad whilst paying attention to calories. The secret? Using yoghurt instead. I love this turkey and broccoli combination for the crunch, fibre, and health benefits added by the broccoli – not to mention the taste!
- 500 grams broccoli, fresh or frozen
- 100 grams turkey, cooked and chopped into cubes
- 100 grams low-fat natural yoghurt
- Cracked pepper, to taste
- Microwave broccoli until cooked (9 minutes if frozen, 5 minutes if fresh)
- Add to turkey and stir through yoghurt
- Finish with cracked black pepper, if desired.
- Serve atop fresh spring greens.
Images courtesy of Sally Symonds.
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