When it comes to summer salads, it’s OK to supersize them. In fact, one-dish salad meals are a great way to take advantage of seasonal ingredients.
The convenience factor is one reason to do it. Sure, you have to wash and chop the lettuce and extras, but you don’t need a recipe, and the clean up is easy.
More importantly, eating substantial salads on a regular – even daily – basis is a good way to load up on dietary fiber, calcium, iron, vitamins A and C, beneficial phytochemicals and other important nutrients.
Another benefit is that fresh fruits and vegetables have a high water content, so summer salads are hydrating and also low in calories. Think of it this way: You’ll fill up before you fill out.