Looking for a quick, nutritious meal this summer that won't break the bank? If fast food is one of your time-saving solutions for a busy schedule, consider tossing a quick meal together - full of health benefits - starting with pre-packaged salads. Salads are one of my go-to meals on busy summer evenings between baseball games and other summer happenings.
Bagged salad kits are a great starting point to build a complete meal in minutes. They are a time-saving convenience and include pre-washed lettuce and greens, many times with added vegetables. By simply adding lean chopped meat, beans or nuts and additional fruits and vegetables, you have a complete, nutritious meal in less time than you may spend waiting at the drive-through.
Pre-packaged salads offer more variety with new blends of leafy greens, such as romaine, arugula and baby spinach - making them an easy way to incorporate more vegetables to a daily diet. They are also a smart choice for added health benefits, since dark green, leafy lettuce tends to be higher in nutrients, such as vitamins A, K and lutein.
Try tossing these quick and easy meals together in minutes by combining the following ingredients with pre-packaged salad kits - your wallet (and waist) will thank you!
Hy-Vee dietitians' top 5 summer salad picks:
Asian Chicken Salad
1 bag Dole Field Greens* + Mandarin oranges, cooked chicken, snow peas, crispy noodles, almonds and Asian sesame seed dressing
Blackberry Salad with Avocado and Almonds
1 bag Dole Baby Spinach* + celery, almonds, blackberries, avocado, feta cheese and raspberry vinaigrette
Grilled Chicken Summer Salad
1 bag Dole European Blend* + cooked chicken, almonds, strawberries, Mandarin oranges and poppy seed dressing
Southwest Caesar Salad
1 bag Dole All-Natural Light Caesar Salad Kit + tomatoes, bell peppers, red kidney beans, cooked chicken, whole-kernel corn and red onion
Springtime Spinach Salad
1 bag Dole Baby Spinach + strawberries, asparagus, red onion, blue or feta cheese, and raspberry dressing
* = may be substituted with romaine or any other Dole salad blend
Recipe source: www.dole.com/recipes
For full recipes and pictures, visit www.dole.com/Recipes and select the "Salad" category.
The information is not intended as medical advice. Please consult a medical professional for individual advice.
Katie Wilhelmi, RD, LD is a registered dietitian from Hy-Vee.