Summer salad full of protein

Fit & Training door thijs

A salad is always a good idea if you ask me! The hot summer weather makes it even more suitable to go for a fresh and light salad. :) It's starting to finally feel like we're moving into summer, so that's all the more reason to whip up this yummy salad while the sun is shining! Here's a filling lunch salad, that is incredibly tasty, fresh, and so good that you'll have to make it a weekday staple, no matter the weather. 

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To me, the good thing about salads is that you can vary endlessly with them. You can have a light, side salad one day. And then a good, rich salad that can pass as a filling main course the next. Another advantage is that it's never too heavy on your stomach, so it's ideal to eat before a workout. And if you have some left over, you can stuff it into a Tupperware container and bring it to work the next day, win-win!

Ingredients for two people:

  • 100 grams spinach
  • Halved zucchini, thinly sliced
  • 50 grams of green asparagus tips
  • 200 grams of potatoes (with skin), cut into small cubes
  • 10 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • Half of mango, cubed
  • 15 grams pine nuts
  • 100 grams diced ham
  • 2 organic eggs
  • 100 grams cottage cheese
  • Oil for frying


  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
  • 80 grams cottage cheese
  • 6 mint leaves, finely chopped
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Sea salt


  • Boil the potato cubes and the eggs in a pot. Cook the potato cubes for 12 minutes, but remove the eggs after 6 minutes and place them under cold water.
  • Roast the pine nuts in a dry pan until they are golden brown. Set aside.
  • Fry the zucchini and asparagus tips in a bit of olive oil until they are golden brown. Add salt and pepper to taste, and set apart.
  • Cook the diced ham until they are crunchy and a nice color.
  • Remove the potato cubes from the heat and place them shortly under cold water. You can now start building your salad.
  • Begin with spinach. Put these into a large bowl, and add the potato cubes, cherry tomatoes, zucchini, asparagus tips, mango and diced ham. Top it off with the roasted pine nuts, cooked eggs and cottage cheese.
  • Make the dressing by combining all the ingredients and stirring well. Pour the dressing over the salad, and serve!

This lunch salad is perfect as a main course in the evening or as a side at a BBQ or anything else you do for lunch! What do you think of this salad? Full of crunchy vegetables, salty ham, sweet mango and a soft cheese. Are you already on your way to score the ingredients? ;)