Many people have heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. When you craft your breakfast, you want to choose something that will leave you both satiated and energized, giving you the nutrition you need to power through until lunch. Though it may surprise some people, a breakfast salad can actually be an excellent choice.
Breakfast salads are a relatively new concept, but these low-carb, high-protein creations are incredibly satisfying and filling. They also make sure you get a good dose of vitamins and minerals, and can even help you lose weight if you choose low-calorie options and are a great choice for anyone focused on healthy eating.
Here are some healthy salads you can have for breakfast in Abu Dhabi, or anywhere in the world. These salads are an absolutely excellent way to start your day.
1. Quinoa Fruit Salad
Having fruit for breakfast is a staple for many people. The sweet flavours and filling fibre leave you with energy and help you feel satiated. But, if you want to improve on this classic breakfast item, consider a quinoa fruit salad.
Not only do you get all of the benefits of fruit, including a healthy dose of vitamins and minerals, but you get the powerful protein-packed punch of quinoa. There’s also plenty of fibre in this healthy salad, helping you feel fuller, longer.
2. Hawaiian Pohkay
Diced tuna provides protein and healthy fats, along with creamy avocado. Cherry tomatoes provide some brightness while quinoa ups the protein and provides this healthy salad with extra fibre. Simple spices, like coriander and basil, perfectly highlight a slightly sweet Asian dressing, making this salad a great breakfast option.
3. Blueberry Breakfast Salad
If you enjoy blueberry pastries for breakfast, consider switching to a blueberry breakfast salad instead. This delightful meal combines blueberries with other fruits like mandarin oranges, keeping things light and bright for your morning. Plus, they can be laid over a bed of your favourite greens, like spinach, upping the health quotient and adding additional fibre with very few calories.
Keep the dressing light by choosing a citrus or berry vinaigrette, and just drizzle some over the top. This gives you an extra boost of flavour without adding too much on your waist line. You can also add protein by including a small handful of sliced almonds, adding a sense of earthiness.
4. Goats Cheese Salad
A simple salad featuring mixed greens, cherry tomatoes, and hard goat cheeses, this salad can be just as suitable for breakfast as any other time of day. A balsamic reduction adds flavour while the pesto dressing brings additional depth to this healthy salad.
5. Poached Egg Breakfast Salad
Eggs and breakfast go hand in hand, so using some in your breakfast salad definitely makes sense. Just a couple of poached eggs can provide 12 grams of protein, helping you feel satiated and ready to take on the day. Add a bed of mixed greens, like baby kale and spinach, for nutrients and fibre and some cherry tomatoes for brightness and additional vitamins and minerals.
In some cases, just a little salt and pepper is all you need to bring this healthy salad to life, though a light vinaigrette can also be appropriate when used sparingly.
6. The Pumpkin Salad
Roasted pumpkin is known for its subtle sweetness and adds a healthy dose of vitamins and minerals. Quinoa ups the amount of protein along with fibre. Combine these with pine nuts for crunch, beetroot, baby spinach, cherry tomatoes, feta cheese and some pesto dressing, and you have a great way to start the day.
7. Smoked Salmon Breakfast Salad
If you prefer something hardier, consider the smoked salmon breakfast salad for a nice dose of protein with great flavour. You can pair smoked salmon with a wide variety of greens including kale, spinach, and Romaine lettuce. Add some cherry tomatoes for brightness and make a yoghurt dressing with just a tad of horseradish for some extra zing.
Like many breakfast salads, the carb count is low, so you won’t be as inclined to have a mid-morning sugar crash as with other salmon morning meals like lox and bagels. But you will get a flavourful and satiating meal, making it easier to stay strong until lunch.
8. Sweet Potato Breakfast Salad
While it might seem unconventional, sweet potato and an almond butter dressing over mixed greens is a satisfyingly sweet way to kick off your day. The nut butter includes healthy fats, keeping you satiated throughout your morning, and the rest of the salad provides fibre and healthy nutrients.
9. Avocado Plum Breakfast Salad
Avocados are all the rage right now thanks to the healthy fats, the range of vitamins, and satisfying creamy texture. The plums add a tart flavour with a hint of sweetness which combines perfectly with a cilantro garlic dressing the includes fresh lemon juice, some olive oil, and a hint of red chili pepper. A few pinches of sea salt bring everything together, giving you a healthy salad that is sure to satisfy.
10. Pomegranate Breakfast Salad
Pomegranate seeds, pecans, baby spinach, and a sunny side up egg make a great salad on their own, but add a breakfast worthy maple vinaigrette and cinnamon sugar croutons, and you’ll have a healthy salad experience you won’t soon forget.
11. Fried Egg Grilled Wedge Salad
Another breakfast salad that features egg is the fried egg grilled wedge salad. This one uses a head of lettuce that is cut into slices. Each piece is lightly brushed with olive oil before being grilled and sprinkled with salt. Then top the lettuce with a fried egg or two, one grilled onion slice, and some salt and pepper. For additional flavour, add a tablespoon or two of feta and some dried cranberries.
12. Vegan Breakfast Salad
If you prefer a vegan diet, consider this salad. It features chia seeds and peanut butter for flavour and texture, making the mix of fruits (like apple, strawberries, and banana) as well as the bed of baby spinach a great taste experience.
13. Walnut and Avocado Fruit Salad
To take a fruit salad to the next level, just add avocados, walnut, yoghurt, and some honey. Pink grapefruit adds brightness while blackberries increase the sweetness. Both walnuts and avocados have healthy fats, making this healthy salad especially satiating, and ensuring you get a mix of crunch and creaminess.
14. Apple, Butternut Squash, Egg Breakfast Salad
While this salad sounds perfect for winter, it can actually be a great choice any time of year. Combine apple, butternut squash, walnuts, and a sunny side up egg, and you’re all set. Since this breakfast doesn’t use dressing, it can definitely be a healthy salad option.
15. Breakfast Grain Salad
Just because you’re having a salad doesn’t mean grains are off limits. Millet, oats, and quinoa provide fibre and some protein while blueberries and hazelnuts add healthy antioxidants. A squirt of lemon juice and a bit of lemon zest add some acidity and a sense of brightness to this satisfying combination.
If you’re looking to have a healthy salad for breakfast in Dubai or Abu Dhabi, Circle Café has great options that are perfect for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.