8 Tasty, simple salad recipes with only 5 ingredients or less
Salads are the perfect food: they’re nutritious, they’re fresh, and they’re quick and easy to make, as long as you have all the ingredients, for the most part. Of course, there are salads that require some cooking but boiling a chicken breast is much easier than cooking a whole meal with it, right? Here are a few salads that use widely available ingredients and only five or less.
1. Spring salad recipe
You need: one lettuce, one medium tomato, a couple of green onions, 3-4 radishes. Cut and slice as appropriate, mix it all in a bowl, and dress with olive oil, a pinch of salt, and some apple vinegar. This is actually a base recipe, which you can enrich by adding a hard-boiled egg, some feta cheese, or some seeds, such as sesame or pumpkin seeds, to make it more nutritious but no less healthy. Enjoy the first fruits of spring while they’re fresh!
2. Courgette salad recipe
You need: two medium courgettes, a couple of sticks of fresh garlic, a few sprays of dill, balsamic vinegar, olive oil and salt. Slice the courgettes, aiming for a thickness of around a third of an inch, oil them lightly with the olive oil and grill for a couple of minutes max. Then cut into half-moons or oblongs, depending on how you sliced them initially, add the dill and the garlic, and dress with a bit of oil, balsamic vinegar, salt and some lemon juice if you like it more sour. Mix well and let it stay for an hour in the fridge. Enjoy!
3. Red-orange-yellow salad recipe
You need: one beetroot, one apple and a couple of carrots, all fresh, plus the juice of half a lemon and some olive oil. Grate the beetroot, the apple and the carrots, and dress them with the lemon juice and the oil. Add some salt if you want, but the overall taste of this salad will be sweet. This is a very healthy snack or meal, if you’re watching your weight, and it also makes a very pretty colour combination. Use gloves because the beetroot will stain your hands otherwise.
4. Tuna salad recipe
You need: a 250-g can of tuna in olive oil, a few gherkins, 100 g of sweet corn, and 4-5 fresh mushrooms (optional), plus sour cream to taste. Cut the gherkins into cubes, add the tuna and the corn (strained). If you like fresh mushrooms, which will add an interesting taste to the salad, cut them into thin slices and add to the mixture. Mix well and add the cream or mayo. This is perhaps is not the healthiest, weight-reduction friendly recipe there is, but it’s so delicious, it’s worth the slip.
5. An improved potato salad recipe
You need: 500 g potatoes, one stick of celery, one hard-boiled egg and one small sour apple. Condiments to taste: salt, vegetable oil, vinegar and black pepper. Cut the potatoes and the celery into cubes, and stew them in some water until tender. Strain and let cool. Peel and cube the apple, do the same with the egg, and add to the vegetables. Dress to taste. This is a salad that makes a full meal. You can change the proportion of the ingredients as you like, that’s the beauty of it. Or you can add some olives, to make it even more delicious.
6. Avocado and spinach salad recipe
You need: 200 g of baby spinach, one large tomato, one ripe avocado, one small red onion and 100 g of blue cheese. Wash the spinach, cube the tomato and the avocado, cut the onion into thin half-moons, and grate or cube the cheese. Mix in a bowl and dress with olive oil. You can use another cheese if you’re not a fan of blue varieties, or swap it for some roast chicken left over from yesterday’s dinner.
7. Wheat berry salad recipe
You need: 150 g of wheat berries, half a cucumber, one medium tomato, a couple of sticks of green onions and some parsley. Soak the wheat berries in water for half an hour, then boil and strain them. Add the cubed cucumber and tomato, and the onions and parsley, chopped. Mix well and dress with olive oil and lemon juice. This is another healthy and nutritious option that will energise you and nourish your skin from the inside.
8. Rice and orange salad recipe
You need: half a cup of rice, boiled and strained, ten black olives, pitted, one orange, and 150 g grilled chicken or ham. Cube the peeled orange and the chicken, mix with the rice and the olives, and dress with olive oil and lemon juice. Add a pinch of salt if you like. Let it stay in the fridge for an hour before serving to get the best flavour.
All quantities given can be changed according to individual tastes. If you like one ingredient particularly, put more of it into the salad, and if you don’t like another, skip it. That’s the beauty of salads, they so easily lend themselves to improvisation!
What are your favorite simple salad recipes?