Regardless of New Years resolutions, after all the holiday indulgences it's nice to get back to some healthier fare in January. This month our Recipe Roundup theme was "Lighten Up" and we invited FBC Members to submit recipes for salads and smoothies. Today we share 15 salads that are not only beautiful to look at but also delicious, healthy and hearty enough to be a meal on their own!
Chelsea from Chelsea's Healthy Kitchen starts us off today with this bright Spring Chickpea Quinoa Salad.
This riot of colour comes in the form of a vegan Raw Pad Thai Salad from Sophia at Love and Lentils.
Turn a favourite like orange chicken into this tasty Orange Sesame Chicken Salad from Angie at Friday is Cake Night.
Make the most of pomegranate and persimmon season with another colourful salad: Pomegranate Persimmon and Goat Cheese Salad from Brittany at My Daily Randomness.
Deconstruct your favourite sushi rolls into a salad like Melissa at UpBeet did with this Sushi Salad.
Adding grains to a salad is a great way to "beef" it up a bit. This Zesty Quinoa and Bean Salad from Getty Stewart will fit the bill!
Another beautiful salad in a bowl from Gabrielle at Eyecandypopper: Moroccan Sweet Potato and Coconut Lemon Roasted Chickpea Salad.
Pomegranates always add a splash of brilliant colour in January like in this Quinoa Salad with Pomegranate from Windset Farms.
Another bright and cheerful salad from Jo and Sue: Chinese Macaroni Salad.
A vegan Caesar salad? Why not? This Vegan Kale Caesar Salad with Tempeh Bacon comes from Lauren and John at hot for food blog.
If there's anything we like it's flexibility - so cabbage slaw two ways from Laureen at Fox in the Kitchen definitely caught our eye. You can go Asian inspired or Mexican inspired!
For a little refresher, how about this light Cucumber Salad with Fresh Dill and Red Onion from Kacey at The Cookie Writer?
Another great use of seasonal ingredients is this Maple Poached Pear Salad with Walnut Crusted Goat Cheese from Cindy at Hun...What's For Dinner?
Candice from Everybody Loves Pretty shared this cheerful Beet, Lentil and Orange Quinoa Salad that will brighten your day.
And last but not least, this beautiful Deconstructed Vegan Tofu Cha Gio (Spring Roll) Bowl from Barb at Just a Smidgen.
A big thank you to all our participating bloggers this month. We'll be featuring more "lightened up" recipes this week with more salads and some delightful smoothies!