Whether you made a resolution or ditched it all together, there's one universal aim we all have on our New Year's wish list, and that's to be healthier. For some of us, it's to exercise more, while for others it's about incorporating a few daily habits that will enhance our quality of life, and either way, we approach these goals with the best of intentions.
But as soon as our usual busy schedules kick into action, we creatures of habit tend to switch back into autopilot. All of a sudden we're eating one-pot pasta every night, and skipping the gym for Netflix. If this sounds like you too, then we've found the perfect remedy to get you back on track.
These healthy salads are anything but boring. Not only are they bursting with flavor, but they're also jam-packed with nutrient-dense ingredients that will improve your brain health, too.
So get out the chopping board, and whip up a hearty salad—it's just what your body needs after a busy work week.
Spa Salad With Lemon Chicken
The Hero Ingredient: Cara Cara oranges bring a new citrusy zest to this fresh lemon chicken winter spa salad from Pinch of Yum.
The Recipe: If you typically ditch salads because they don't fill you up, then we've found the one for you. Make this protein-dense recipe for lunch, and it will definitely keep you full through dinner. The powerful fusion of chickpeas and chicken will make your stomach and your taste buds burst with joy while the omega-3 from the avocado on top will fuel your brain all afternoon. Buh-bye afternoon slump.
The Clincher: Have a sweet tooth? The sprinkling of pomegranate on top is the perfect remedy.
Root Vegetable and Quinoa Salad With Tahini Maple Vinaigrette
The Hero Ingredient: The quinoa in this root vegetable salad from Camille Styles will fill you up and give you all the superfood nutrients to power you through a busy day.
The Recipe: Make a big batch of the cumin-scented carrots, fried chickpeas, and roasted beets ahead of time so you have them on hand to whip them up on busy days.
The Clincher: The tahini-maple dressing is a game-changer.
Bacon-Wrapped Fig and Honeycrisp Apple Salad With Salted Caramel Pecans
The Hero Ingredient: Bacon-wrapped figs turn this green salad from Half Baked Harvest into a flavor-packed sensation your mouth will savor long after it's over.
The Recipe: If salad typically bores you, then this recipe is so much more than just lettuce on a plate. It incorporates a plethora of exciting ingredients, from apple slices (for that perfect crunch) to arugula (for that peppery spice). Oh, and the goat and gorgonzola cheeses provide the creamiest toppers.
The Clincher: Salted caramel pecans sprinkled on top turn this delicious salad from so-so to gourmet.
Sweet Potato Noodle Salad With Creamy Chipotle Miso Sauce
The Recipe: This is the perfect recipe to introduce more plant-based recipes into your diet. The crisp texture of the sweet potato noodles blends perfectly with the almond slivers, sprouts, and shelled edamame.
The Clincher: You'll develop an addiction to this delicious chipotle miso dressing. It's just the right hint of spicy and smokey.
Creamy Kale Salad With Chickpeas and Shallots
The Hero Ingredient: The Egyptian dukkah spice in this Minimalist Baker's kale salad brings out a Mediterranean flavor that's smoky and nutty with just a little crunch.
The Recipe: If you find kale salads to be a little too dense, then you'll love this variation. Each of the leaves is massaged with lemon juice and olive oil to make it softer and more palatable. The creamy tahini and lemon dressing brings it all together and enhances the flavor. Especially important if you're not a fan of the kale flavor.
The Clincher: The Mediterranean-baked chickpeas really elevate this salad. Make a big batch so you have extra for snacks.
Lemon Garlic Roasted Broccoli Salad
The Hero Ingredient: In this Half Baked Harvest recipe, the broccoli is roasted with just a little olive oil, salt, and pepper to keep the flavor train running long after your last mouthful.
The Recipe: If you love a slaw-style salad, then we guarantee you'll be making this version on Sunday and eating it all week. Thanks to its texture and color, you'll look forward to each bite.
The Clincher: Just a sprinkling of feta brings a hint of creamy saltiness, which is just what every salad needs.
The Hero Ingredient: The cilantro in Playful Cooking's tabouleh recipe adds a fresh flavor to the traditional style we know and love.
The Recipe: Adding quinoa here instead of burghal adds much-needed protein and fiber without the guilt. Eat up to your heart's content.
The Clincher: Keep the ingredients in separate containers, including the dressing, so you can make a new batch each day. It's the perfect office lunch.
What is your favorite salad ingredient?