Healthy Recipe of the Month
Great Summer Salads
With summer now officially under way, we have a long way to go before the weather begins to cool off again. Having plenty of lighter, cooler options for dinner can help make the heat of summer more bearable. These salads are quick and easy, require minimal or no cooking, and are the perfect way to enjoy all the produce that's in season now. For more great salad ideas, including Grilled Sirloin Salad and Lemony Grilled Potato Salad for those who love to fire up the grill, see the whole collection from Cooking Light.
Arugula, Grape, and Sunflower Seed Salad
By including a variety of ingredients, salads are often a nutritional powerhouse. This recipe provides lots of antioxidants from the grapes, healthy fats and vitamin E from the sunflower seeds and grapeseed oil, and folate and vitamin A from the arugula. A sweet mustard vinaigrette dressing matches both the peppery bitterness of the greens and the sweet juiciness of the grapes. Try this salad topped with salmon or tuna for a healthful dinner.
Total Per Serving: Calories - 81, Carbs - 13.1 g, Fat - 3.1 g, Protein - 1.6 g, Fiber - 1.2 g..
Source: Cooking Light, May 2008
Chicken Cobb Salad
With plenty of chicken, creamy avocado, bacon, and blue cheese, this is the classic entrée salad. Bottled Italian dressing cuts down on time (the whole recipe, including cooking the chicken, takes less than 15 minutes). But if you like, you can whip a quick low-fat vinaigrette for that homemade touch. Serve with a chilled summer soup or sandwich for a light and refreshing meal.
Total Per Serving: Calories - 263, Carbs - 8.9 g, Fat - 8 g, Protein - 37.9 g, Fiber - 3.7 g..
Source: Cooking Light, June 2007