Three Easy Fresh Salad Recipes
Level up your salad game with wheat
You may not think of wheat as a staple ingredient in salads, but once you make the switch to including it, you won’t want to go back! Life’s simple ingredient is a perfect way to bump up the fibre and satiety factor in your spring and summer salad recipes to make them a balanced meal, rather than just a lonely side dish. Incorporating fresh ingredients in the warmer months is a great way to support local growers and add more micronutrients to your diet. The best part about salads is they’ll work with pretty much any fresh vegetables and ingredients you have on hand! Switch out the components for what you prefer or have but still have a solid base of wheat in these tasty dishes.
The traditional flavours of caprese combined with the satisfaction of fibre-filled orzo makes this a perfect midday meal! Orzo means barley in Italian because it resembles the shape of a barley grain but don’t be fooled—this short-cut pasta is traditionally made with wheat flour, more specifically semolina, a type of flour made from durum wheat. Pair orzo with tomatoes, bocconcini and basil (maybe even some you’ve grown yourself using our tips to start your own garden) and you’ve got a hearty salad to pack for a picnic or work lunch.
Another great picnic option, this cracked wheat salad uses bulgur wheat as a satisfying base while adding Mediterranean-inspired flavours and veggies in the mix. Cracked wheat is very simple to make and adds a subtle nutty flavour while giving depth instead of a traditional leafy salad. Looking for something filling and nutritious? That’s exactly what this salad is.
Skip the store-bought Caesar when you have some extra time to whip this one up—it’s worth it! Making your own sourdough croutons makes all the difference in this kale Caesar. With nutrient-dense kale, protein-rich chicken and a tangy yogurt-based dressing, this salad is satisfying enough to enjoy for dinner.
It’s easy to incorporate life’s simple ingredient into your fresh dishes this spring and summer and we’re sure it’ll make them more delicious, too. What are your favourite salads to make when the weather warms up? Tag us on Instagram @lifessimpleingredient and we’ll feature your creation on our page!