Make Your Salad Recipe Superb with These 5 Superfoods


Quinoa salad, healthy and delicious. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Lettuce? Check. Tomato? Check. Cucumber? Check. You’ve got your basic ingredients down for a bowl of everyday, simple salad recipe. But if you want to make them even more superb, consider adding superfoods into the mix!

Superfood gained its name for a reason – they are packed with high nutrients and low-calorie counts, making them perfect add-ons to salads. It’s especially helpful if you’re turning your bowl of salad into a meal and want to reap more nutritional benefits out of it.

Here are five superfood ingredients you can toss into your salads:

1. Quinoa

Quinoa is an edible seed-like plant that contains all of the nine essential amino acids. It is also gluten-free and contains a healthy amount of protein, fat, minerals and vitamins. Get inspired and try out this superfood ingredient with the Quinoa Edamame Salad recipe here.

Quinoa Edamame Salad (Photo: NMA)

2. Turmeric

Superfood does not necessarily mean it has to be a fancy ingredient that you get from the imported section of the grocery store. Did you know that turmeric – the same ingredient that we often find in local dishes – contains high anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic properties? It can also help improve cognitive function. Here is a recipe for Ayam Percik Caesar Salad you can check out if you’re not sure how to use the ingredient!

Ayam Percik Caesar Salad (Photo:NMA)

3. Sesame Seeds

Sesame seeds are often used as a garnish in most of our dishes. We love how they give an extra crunch and nutty flavour in our salads! Although they may be small in size, they are an excellent source of iron and magnesium! Try out this quick and easy recipe here – Sesame Crusted Salmon with Roasted Sesame Dressing. P.S., this recipe offers double the nutrition as salmon is also a superfood!

Sesame Crusted Salmon (Photo: NMA)

4. Sweet Potato

Sweet potatoes are lovely as they are packed with both nutrients and carries a naturally sweet flavour. They also contain disease-preventing, cancer-fighting and immune-boosting properties. You can never go wrong with them. Try it out with this simple Roasted Sweet Potato Salad that will surely leave you with a happy tummy.

Roasted Sweet Potato Salad (Photo: NMA)

5. Avocado

One of the most well-known superfoods, avocadoes may be high in fat, but it is just the right kind of fat we need in our body. The special fruit is nutrition-packed, weight loss-friendly and is so versatile, you can add it into almost any kinds of recipes — salad or not. A delicious recipe we love is the Broccoli and Shrimp Rice Bowl. Yum!

Broccoli and Shrimp Rice Bowl (Photo: NMA)
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