Are you cutting for the summer and looking to maintain your muscle mass? These 3 fantastic salads are packed with protein and aimed at keeping you feeling fuller. Summer is a great time of year, and a time when eating fresh is best. 

Everything is green and, best of all, the farmers markets and your favourite fruit and veg are in season. Whether you’re prepping for a show, bulking or just looking to maintain your weight, these salads will work great in your diet.

1 – Tuna & Apple Salad

You may be thinking – what the heck? The texture and combination or these two is great, the apple compliments the tuna well. The best part of the salad is how versatile it is – you can have it in a sandwich, wrap, lettuce wrap or a salad bowl.

Ingredients – 

  • Celery – half a stick chopped
  • Tuna – 2 cans
  • Relish
  • Diced Apple – 1
  • Fat Free Mayo or Salad Cream – 3 tablespoons

Simply drain the tuna tins and place in a bowl. With the finely chopped celery and apple add it to the tuna, mixing well. Stir in the seasoning, relish and mayo/salad cream. Use in a wrap, sandwich or salad leave wrap.

2 – Spinach & Almond Salad

Similar to the effect of pine nuts in salads, almonds work very well with spinach. Making a wonderful treat which is also healthy, this salad is a good source of vitamin A and protein.

Ingredients – 

  • Spinach – a good handful
  • Broccoli – 100 grams
  • Diced Tomato’s
  • 3 hard boiled eggs
  • Almonds – 1 tablespoon
  • Basil

Starting with your spinach in a bowl, ad the chopped broccoli, tomatoes and hard boiled eggs. Sprinkle over the almonds and basil leaves, topping it off with you favourite low fat dressing.

3 – Lemon Quinoa Mint Salad

If you are a fan of quinoa, you will know it can taste great and is also full of protein. It has an interesting taste, meaning it goes with everything as it can be customised to suit your tastebuds. Working great in a salad or a side dish, quinoa is extremely versatile.

Ingredients – 

  • 3 cups of quinoa
  • 2 tablespoons of pine nuts
  • Handful of mint leaves chopped up
  • One lemon juice
  • Basil/olive oil
  • Seasonings

Cook your quinoa. Once cooled, add the mint leaves and lemon juice. Mix well and leave to settle. Stir in pine nuts and seasonings when you are ready to serve.

Salads are great for those summer lunches or as an addition to your protein packed meat for either of your daily meals.