Try These Salads For Your Healthy Picnic. One of the best foods you can bring on a picnic when you are being healthy is a salad. There are tons of different salads, from those made with veggies, to cold pasta salads. Here are just a few options to start out with.
Potato or Macaroni Salad
It might seem like these are unhealthy types of salads for a picnic, but they can definitely be lightened up depending on what you use! For example, if you want to bring potato salad, start by using either sweet potatoes or even cauliflower instead of regular white potatoes. You can also use light or fat-free mayonnaise in lieu of regular mayonnaise. Some people enjoy using mashed avocado with just a very small amount of mayonnaise, which makes it healthy and creamy. The same goes for a macaroni salad. Also make it healthier by adding in some more veggies to your potato or macaroni salad.
Zoodles are becoming popular because they resemble pasta noodles, without all the fat and carbs. Zoodles are made by taking zucchini and using a spiralizer or other appliance to turn it into long, thin pasta noodles. Once you make your noodles, you can then choose to either cook them in a pan to soften the zucchini, or you can leave them as-is and mix in any ingredients you want. A simple pasta can be made with some olive oil and a sprinkling of parmesan cheese, or you can make your own alfredo or tomato sauce if you want more of a zoodle pasta salad. You may also want to simply add in other veggies with a vinaigrette dressing.
Corn and Cucumber Salad
This light salad takes you beyond just adding lettuce and veggies, and really gives you a lot to work with. It starts with a base of either greens or quinoa depending on how you want to go, then adds pieces of cucumber and some roasted corn. You can turn it into a full southwestern salad by adding in some tomato, onions, and bell peppers as well. A lighter dressing can be used on this salad, depending on your taste preferences. It makes a fun, light, refreshing salad that is lower in fat and calories. Leave off cheese and cream-based dressing to keep it on the healthier side.
Be creative with your salads so you can enjoy the food you bring on the picnic, without feeling any guilt.