We all love our salads in summer. You simply do not feel like having hot food when you are already cooking because of the heat. In most cases, we throw things in like tomatoes and cucumber. But did you ever try adding fruit to your salad? You should, it’s really amazing!
Fruit is just as healthy as vegetables, and their big advantage is that they often require much less preparation. If you buy organic fruit, many do not need to be peeled. In fact, it’s even healthier to use them with the skin. Berries and grapes just need to be washed. That means you can have your salad ready even quicker.
A salad with fruit is not only packed with vitamins, minerals and fiber, but also very juicy and refreshing and at the same time light. Try this one:
Exotic Fruit Salad With Cheese And Mango Yogurt Dressing
- 1 medium lettuce, torn into pieces
- 1 medium pineapple, cut into chunks
- 1 mango, sliced
- 150 g seedless red grapes, cut in half
- 150 g strawberries, quartered
- 200 g low fat cheese, cut in 1 cm cubes
For the dressing
- 200 g low fat yogurt (plain)
- 50 ml mango juice
- 2 tsp. lemon juice
- Mix all the ingredients for the salad in a large bowl.
- For the dressing, mix all ingredients well. Then add the dressing to the salad and mix it in carefully.
- Serve with whole grain muffins or bagels.
This exotic salad includes three major food groups that are highly important for our daily diet. First of all, of course the salad and fruit which provide you with many vitamins and fiber and also with quick energy in form of simple carbohydrates. Yes, they do contain sugar, but do not worry too much. Fruit sugar has a much less negative impact than table sugar, and because of it being packed into the fruit, you will be full before you have eaten too much.
The cheese and yogurt contain important nutrients like proteins and calcium. Using low fat versions ensures that you can benefit from these without taking in too many fat calories.
And last but not least, the whole grain foods you serve along with your salad. That’s fiber and complex carbohydrates that will do a great job in filling your stomach quickly and giving you lasting energy. Plus, they will not be stored as fat, like excess simple carbohydrates are. So, even when you are on a diet, you can still have this salad.
Does that sound great? Then give it a try!