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4 Protein-Rich Healthy Salad Ideas

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Throwing a salad together is a great option when you’re in a hurry or it’s the height of summer, especially if it’s full of nutrient-rich ingredients that will supplement your training. This Italian recipe, provided by chef Karol Gladki (opens in new tab), will help you to build muscle and burn fat.

  • 150g of bresaola
  • 1 peach
  • Handful of rocket
  • 2tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1tbsp sherry vinegar
  • Ground pepper to taste

Slice the peach. Mix the slices with the bresaola and rocket. Add the olive oil, sherry vinegar and ground pepper to season.

3 More Healthy Salad Ideas

Whether you fancy seafood or meat in your salad, or the vegetarian option, these salads are crammed with protein to help you stay healthy. For other ideas read our guide to the best protein-rich foods.

Parma ham and bresaola salad


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  • ½ peach
  • ½ red onion
  • 50g Parma ham
  • 25g bresaola
  • 50g mixed rocket and watercress
  • 1tbsp olive oil
  • 1tbsp balsamic vinegar

Slice the peach into segments and the red onion into rings. Toss with the ham, bresaola, rocket and watercress. Dress the salad with the olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

Calories 359kcal, protein 29g, fat 23g, carbs 14g.

Salmon and prawn salad


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  • ¼ cucumber
  • ¼ onion
  • 100g prawns, cooked
  • 60g salmon flakes
  • 2 handfuls of spinach leaves
  • 2tbsp Greek yogurt
  • 1tbsp mustard
  • 1tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 lemon slice

Slice the cucumber and dice the onion. Toss with the prawns, salmon and spinach leaves. Mix the Greek yogurt with the mustards and dress the salad with it. Serve with a lemon slice.

Calories 265kcal, protein 37g, fat 7g, carbs 15g.

Vegetarian bean salad


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  • 2 eggs
  • ½ red chilli
  • Handful of baby plum tomatoes
  • 100g chickpeas
  • 100g kidney beans
  • 10g coriander
  • 1tbsp guacamole

Boil the eggs for ten minutes, leave to cool, then shell and halve them. Thinly slice the chilli and halve the tomatoes, then toss then with the eggs, chickpeas, kidney beans and coriander. Top with the guacamole.

Calories 448kcal, protein 29g, fat 17g, carbs 41g

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