Healthy nuts are an April Foods of the Month. Did you know they taste great in salads? Consider swapping out croutons, or other crunchy/fried toppings you may typically put on your salads for nuts instead. Adding a handful of healthy nuts like almonds, walnuts, macadamia nuts, or hazelnuts to your favorite salad recipe provides a dose of good fats. Also, as a budget saving tip, visiting a higher end supermarket may pay off when shopping for nuts. Many of them have dispensers where you can select the exact amount you need.
Here are our favorite healthy nut salad combinations:
Almonds – Begin with 4 cups fresh spinach. Add 1/2 cup low-fat cheddar cheese, 1 avocado, chopped into small pieces, 1 apple, sliced thin and 1/2 cup slivered almonds. Top with your favorite low-fat honey mustard dressing for a savory lunch or side salad.
Macadamia Nuts – Start with 4 cups arugula lettuce. Add 1 mango, chopped into small pieces, 1 avocado, chopped into small pieces, and 1/2 cup macadamia nuts (unflavored, unsalted). If desired, you can add grilled chicken to make the salad an entree. Top with your favorite lemony vinaigrette dressing.
Walnuts – Start with a base of 4 cups mixed greens. Add 1 cup chopped cherry tomatoes, 2 oz. goat cheese, 1 cucumber, chopped and 1 green pepper, chopped. Mix in 1/2 cup walnuts and enjoy with your favorite low-fat dressing. This makes the perfect lunch, eaten in a large portion by itself or a smaller portion with half a sandwich.
Hazelnuts – Start with 4 cups spinach. Add 1 cup sliced strawberries, 1 cup sliced green grapes, 1/2 cup feta cheese and 1/2 cup hazelnuts. Enjoy this fruity salad with your favorite vinaigrette dressing.