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5 *delish* meat-free ways to add protein to your salad

Most of the time, we see salads being prepared with meat and veggies. But what if there was a way to recreate your favorite chicken cobb salad, without the chicken, but including the same nutrients? Check out these five easy, nomtastic ingredients to add meat-free protein power to your salads.

 

Chia yogurt dressing.
Chia seeds are *filled* with protein and energy-boosting goodness. In fact, because of their fiber, omega-3 fats and vitamins and minerals, they’re considered one of the most popular superfoods out there. Chia yogurt dressing is a fun and tasty chia concoction, but feel free to mess around with different chia creations as well. You can’t go wrong with that one.

 

Honey glazed walnuts.
The perfect sweet and crunchy add-on to any salad, honey glazed walnuts carry loads of protein and flavor. And they especially go well with a feta cheese and apple combo.

 

Soba noodles.
Buckwheat flour, the main base of soba noodles, is heart healthy and full of nutrients. It’s also a gluten-free grain, which is definitely a positive for all of the wheat-intolerant salad lovers out there. In addition to salads, these noodles also go great in stir-frys.

 

Freekeh.
Sound freaky? Well, it’s simply a yummy, nut-filled, protein-packed grain. What could be better? Plus, freekeh even surpasses quinoa when it comes to protein and fiber so try adding it to your next homemade veggie meal.

 

Roasted mushroom and pecans.
Mushrooms are rich in B vitamins, which help form red blood cells and help the body retrieve energy from food. And pecans? They carry the protein. These two ingredients may sound odd together, but they definitely work. We pinky promise.

How do you add protein to your salads? Share your secrets below! 

Photo credit: Pinterest.

by Maggie Medoff | 7/25/2017
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