Updated: Nov 12, 2019
Salads are great for anytime and can be made with varied interesting ingredients. Let me show you how to prepare salads - Dr. Rosa style - healthy, tasty, packed with good nutrition, and as satisfying as any balanced, complete meal. Here are 5 examples of salads that follow a healthy salad "formula" while still being delicious.
Bulgarian Shopska Salad
This is perhaps the most beloved and famous Bulgarian salad, named after the people from the Western regions of Bulgaria, specifically around the capital of Sofia. It’s perfect for lunch or dinner, and even as a snack in-between meals. Shopska salad fills you up without weighing you down.
Yogurt Marouli Salad
This verdant salad, popular on the Balkans, is for when you crave fresh, crunchy, lightly-textured vegetables, especially in the spring and summer months. It is creamy, cooling, and very satisfying despite being quite light.
Halkidiki Caper-Berry Salad
This is an excellent summertime (or anytime) salad that, if large enough, can serve as a very filling, yet delicately balanced and healthy lunch or dinner (perhaps with a small side of grape leaf dolmas dipped in Greek yogurt).
Edamame Coleslaw Salad
This super easy salad is common during the transitional period between summer and fall on the Balkan peninsula (sans the edamame, of course). Fresh, crunchy, tangy, and full of vitamins, the salad is a bright and colorful vegan delight, a great accompaniment to heavier main course dishes.
Blue Cheese Pomegranate Salad
This salad may appeal to someone with a more sophisticated palate. Peppery arugula, kale, and radishes balance off the sweetness of the balsamic vinegar, pomegranate seeds, and roasted beets. The blue cheese adds strong savory, pungent notes and the pecans - extra crunch and distinct, pleasant favor (which tends to be amplified when toasted).
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