Tired of the classic chicken caesar salad, or traditional salads that lack flavour and meat? Here are a few meat salad ideas and tips to spice up your greens as well as provide you with flavourful meals that are high in protein and low in fat and carbohydrates.
The grilled chicken tortilla salad is a crisp and refreshing salad that will leave you wanting more. It’s packed with vegetables, high in protein and is loaded with taste. Simply grill your chicken to your liking and cut it into fine strips. Incorporate fresh and canned vegetables such as corn, black beans, olives, red peppers and whatever else is in the pantry, and add them to a bed of crispy lettuce. Place your chicken strips into your salad and squeeze a lemon or lime juice over the salad for additional flavour. Top with a few tortilla strips and reduced fat shredded cheese. If desired use a low fat dressing that has a bit of spice to it. This is one meat salad that won’t bore your tastebuds.
Another great meat salad is the Asian beef salad. In 15 minutes you’ll have a refreshing meal that is healthy and will keep your hunger at bay. In a medium to large pan, cook 2 top loin steaks for about 12-15 minutes. This will cook your meat to medium rare. In a medium sized bowl add 2 tbsp of lime juice, 2 tbsp of soy sauce, 1 tbsp of sugar, 2 tbsp of dark sesame oil, 1 pepper finely chopped and 1 clove of crushed. Whisk the ingredients together and you have made a mouth watering Asian dressing for your salad. Carve meat and combine with lettuce and your dressing. Top with crushed peanuts, if desired. This salad is a healthy meal that will give you the bold flavour you crave while still being light and refreshing. It’s a great salad for any season.
The Hawaiian Cobb is a delicious twist on the classic Cobb salad. Grill your pork tenderloin for about 20 minutes. You can pre-marinate the tenderloin, if desired. After the pork is cooked, slice the tenderloin into long thin strips. Place the strips of tenderloin over your salad. Add fresh or canned pineapple slices, mango slices, and macadamia nuts. Drizzle with a light, low-fat vinaigrette. This meat salad will give you a burst of refreshing flavours that is so close to paradise you can taste it!