Summer Salads for a Non-Vegetarian’s Soul

Salads don’t have to be staid and boring!

Summer’s bounty of fresh fruits and veggies create the perfect opportunity to up your summer salad game. Granted that salads have a bad rep for being boring and a punishment for gastronomic overindulgence. But what if your salads could turn into a meal of its own, boasting a protein-packed punch with ingredients such as chicken, tuna, shrimp, eggs and more? Great news, because we’ve rounded up some healthy yet flavourful salad recipes that are as good as a hearty and refreshing meal on a hot sweltry day. So revive your lunch and make your dinners interesting with these non-vegetarian salad recipes:  

Chicken Salad
Simple, easy go-to dinner, this chicken salad recipe requires no special prep. A great way to use up your leftover chicken, this recipe combines chicken with the goodness of veggies and fruits. Make sure to throw in a few more garlic flakes than the recipe calls for, for a flavourful punch.

Also read: 6 unbeatable chicken recipe ideas for dinner

Tuna Salad
Ridiculously simple, our Tuna Salad recipe is made with the simplest of ingredients. While this recipe only calls for the addition of two veggies—onions and tomatoes—you are free to throw in a few more of your choice. In case you got a little too excited and made more than you can eat, you could simply turn them into tuna sandwiches.

Nicoise Salad
The Nicoise is originally a French composed salad from the town of Nice, featuring tuna, green beans, hard-boiled eggs, tomatoes, onion, capers, and potatoes. While it’s called a salad composée because it's not tossed and rather ‘composed’ on a plate, this salad doesn’t really call for great salad-making skills. LF’s take on the Nicoise salad makes use of tomatoes, eggs and chicken, but feel free to stick to the original ingredients.  

Tropical Grilled Chicken and Avocado Salad
All the flavours of summer come together is this grilled chicken and avocado salad. Throw in some crumbled feta cheese and you have a creamy and light, this salad makes for the perfect recipe on a busy weeknight. Besides, the homemade dressing not only helps keep a check on your calorie intake but also guaranteed to make eating your greens a pleasure.  

Also read: Easy salad recipes for the healthy you

Poached Eggs with Iceberg Salad
Packing in the flavours and freshness, we think this Poached Eggs with Iceberg Salad recipe hits all the right notes. Giving you an alphabet’s worth of nutrition, thanks to the goodness of bell peppers, cucumber, spring onions, olive and tomatoes, this salad makes for a hearty meal. While this recipe serves two, you could simply double the quantities, refrigerate and store for later use.

Also read: Hacks for making the perfect poached eggs


Egg and Asparagus Salad
Light, fresh and perfectly-filling this salad is low in calories but high in flavour, texture and nutrition. Just a hint of garlic adds fantastic complexity to this simple 5-ingredient summer salad. The addition of perfectly boiled eggs adds protein and richness to your diet. Tip: Feel free to replace boiled eggs with grilled chicken or fish.

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