Salads are a great way of getting a boost of important vitamins and antioxidants into your diet, but it can be difficult to find recipes that pack enough protein for an athlete looking to sustain a high level of performance.
They can also be bland and leave you still feeling hungry if you don’t have enough creative ingredients to put in them.
So here are five high-protein salad recipes that should offer some inspiration.
Three Bean Salad
The classic three bean salad is easy, nutritious and very tasty. Just throw together some kidney beans, cannellini beans and chickpeas with red onion and peppers. Then add a simple dressing made from olive oil and vinegar for a healthy protein hit.
Fig & Halloumi Salad
Warm, salty halloumi goes brilliantly on almost any salad, and one serving contains around 7g of protein. Put grilled halloumi on a bed of your choice of salad leaves alongside fresh figs and balsamic dressing for a delicious meal.
Roasted Sweet Potato & Chickpea Salad
At around 25g of protein per serving, this salad makes a great post-training meal. The roast chickpeas and sweet potatoes give it a delicious flavour and a good texture.
Lentil Salad With Roasted Cauliflower & Mushrooms
Lentils are a great source of protein and partner finely chopped mushrooms beautifully. Use some roasted cauliflower and your choice of chopped nuts too to give this green salad a nice crunch.
Salmon & Avocado Caesar Salad
Although it might sound like a strange combination, don’t knock it until you’ve tried it. Salmon makes a great variation to chicken in a caesar salad and offers plenty of protein as well as being rich in omega-3. Serve the fish warm or put it in away in the fridge for a handy meal on the go.