From leafy greens to cruciferous veggies, produce is a little gift from nature to us humans. Filled with crucial immune-boosting antioxidants, fibre, vitamins, and minerals, they’re great for packing extra flavour and goodness into your favourite summer salad. Here is our list of our favourite veggies to include in your next salad:
Carrots-Packed full of vitamin A enjoy these root veggies raw or steamed in salads.
Broccoli-Low in calories and high in micronutrients these bush-like veggies all extra crunch and texture to your salad. Eat the broccoli raw or steamed for a bigger nutritional bonus
Mushrooms– Swap out meat for mushrooms in your next salad. Not only do they taste great and come in a wide variety, but these fungi are known to help with cognition and heart health.
Spinach– Boost your immune system with this leafy green. Packed with tons of vitamin A and iron spinach takes minutes to cook and adds a vibrant splash of colour to your salad.
Kale– High in calcium and vitamin K Kale is a great veggie for leafy green salads. Adding various greens like kale and spinach to your salad will not only benefit your health but be great for your taste-buds too.
Lentils– Looking for a little more substance from your salad? Choose lentils, counting as both a vegetable and a protein, this smart and budget-friendly legume provides plenty of fibre and iron.
Asparagus– Whether you enjoy asparagus roasted or sautéed, grab a bunch the next time you’re at the shops. The stalks contain few calories but are high in fibre and micronutrients. If you aren’t a fan of the natural bitter taste asparagus has then roast them in the oven with olive oil, salt, pepper and parmesan for the perfect accompaniment to your salad.
Cauliflower – If you haven’t already gotten in on the cauliflower craze, it’s not too late to join. Swapping potatoes or grains for cauliflower is an easy way to sneak in extra vitamin C, potassium, and plant-based omega-3’s to your salad.
Salads can be creative and balanced, healthy and tasty, a simple and fulfilling meal which easy to prepare, fresh and rich with nutrients.