Light salad meals are an excellent idea for hot weather menu planning. With just a few fresh ingredients, you can make a meal quickly and easily. I like having a few standby recipes for those warm summer-like days. Here are a few of my favorite easy Light salad meals.
These easy light salad meals and recipes can be served in a variety of ways so you can always have a variety of meal ideas that are simple to make. I love the creaminess of cottage cheese and here is a straightforward salad with just four ingredients. This is a great salad to serve as a wrap sandwich or even a cool pasta topper. This recipe makes 3 to 4 servings.
cottage cheese – 1 (16oz) container
marinated artichoke hearts – 1 cup chopped
sun-dried tomatoes in oil – 1/4 cup chopped
pitted oil-cured black olives – 1/4 cup finely diced
(you can use regular black pitted olives if you prefer)
– Place all the ingredients in a bowl and toss to combine completely.
Easy Salad Meal Ideas
Layered Wrap Sandwich: Serve this cheese salad as a layered wrap sandwich. Take a soft tortilla shell and layer it with washed spinach or lettuce leaves. Next place the cottage cheese salad on top of the greens. Then put any of the following on top of the cheese salad; strips of thinly sliced avocado sections, deli ham, chicken or roast beef slices. Roll up the wrap and enjoy.
Stuffed Potatoes- Light Salad Meals
Make a quick salad meal by using this creamy salad as a topping for baked potatoes. Serve along with steamed and chilled asparagus drizzled with olive oil and lemon juice.
Another idea for a light salad meal is to serve this cheese salad recipe over whole-grain cooked and chilled pasta such as rotini, elbow macaroni or farfalle. I like to serve this with warm garlic bread slices on the side.
Here is another four-ingredient recipe that makes a deliciously light salad meal. It is a refreshing crab salad that is packed with flavor. This recipe makes two servings, but you can double the ingredients to make four servings.
Ingredients To Make Light Salad Meals
cooked crabmeat – 2 cups (flaked or lump – broken into pieces)
dressing of your choice – 3 to 4 tbsp (Italian, French, or Caesar are good choices)
marinated artichoke hearts – 1 jar (7.5 oz) (drained and cut into small chunks)
fresh watercress – 2 cups (washed and chopped)
– Break the crabmeat into pieces and marinate in a bowl with the salad dressing for one hour.
– After one hour, add all the other ingredients and toss seafood salad well to coat.
Easy Salad Meals
Chicken Salad with Udon Noodles: Serve this easy chicken salad over udon noodles with peach and cucumber slices on the side.
Easy Garlic Chicken Salad: Serve chicken salad over a bed of spinach leaves and shredded cabbage with a bowl of cold tomato soup and whole-grain crackers.
Chicken Salad with Rolls: Another quick light summer meal recipe is to serve this garlic lime chicken salad with whole-grain rolls or corn muffins.