Fight the hunger! High protein salad ideas
Salad is one of the best and healthiest ways of packing extra protein into your mealtime routines. Low on carbohydrates and big on taste, protein rich salads will keep you fuller for longer, and keep your mind sharp and focused throughout the day. Here are some of our top picks to get you started:
If you’re looking for a dish that’s big on protein but balanced with vital nutrients then look no further than a tasty bit of fish! Along with other types, Haddock is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids that will help to protect against diseases as well as keeping you fuller for longer. Give your fillet an impressive Italian makeover by blitzing sundried tomatoes, garlic, olive oil and healthy cashew nuts to form a crispy pesto crust. Serve with sweet roasted tomatoes and herby potatoes for a healthy meal that’s big on protein but even bigger on flavour.
Whilst turkey might be typically associated with gravy and brussel sprouts, it’s actually a brilliant source of protein and is very low in fat. Sweat a finely sliced shallot in a pan until golden, and add the sweet and sour notes of clementine juice, red wine vinegar with a drizzle of olive oil. Fry turkey breasts in a little olive oil, until light brown, and combine with roughly chopped peppercress and a fruity dressing. Give your salad an extra crunch by sprinkling a final dusting of protein rich nuts.
For a fast but satisfying meal, give our Asian inspired stir fry a try for a protein refuel that can be made in as little as 10 minutes. Boil glass noodles in a pan and set aside, then blitz together the nutty, aromatic spices to form the dressing of the dish. Drizzle olive oil in a large wok until smoking and toss in your fresh tiger prawns, crunchy pepper and flavourful onion and pungent dressing over a high heat for 3-5 minutes. Mix with iron-rich baby kale, nourishing noodles and a scattering of chili and peanuts for a last kick.
Despite what many people think about the vegetarian diet, there are many sources of protein that don’t involve eating meat. Quinoa is a South American superfood that unlike other grains is a complete protein – containing each of the eight essential amino acids. To prepare a flavourful quinoa salad roast chunky strips of butternut squash, wedges of onion in a little salt, pepper and vegetable oil until golden and soft. Add this to finely chopped herbs, peppercress and honey and lemon before mixing well with light and fluffy cooked quinoa.
Often we find ourselves constantly on-the-go and it can be hard to find even an hour in the day to cook ourselves a healthy, sustaining meal. Avoid the trap of readily available, processed foods by making yourself a chicken & sundried tomato wrap that can be eaten on the move. Chicken is low in fat and rich in protein, but it also takes very little time to cook, making it a great option for when time is not on your side. Marinade chicken in sundried tomatoes, olive oil and parsley to give it a Mediterranean burst of flavour, wrap up in a lightly toasted tortilla with a sprinkle of salad leaves and the day is yours to conquer.