A dietitian shared her recipe for a perfect chopped salad loaded with protein and healthy fats

Nutritionist Sammi BrondoVibe Tribe Creative
Chopped salads are a simple and versatile meal packed with vitamins and minerals, said nutritionist Sammi Brondo.
Brondo likes to add tomatoes and avocados to her salad for fiber and healthy fats.
She said mozzarella is a great way to add protein to a salad without cooking meat.
Sliced ​​salads are an easy and nutritious meal that don't need to be cooked, which can help keep homes cool during hot summer months, nutritionist Sammi Brondo told Insider.
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Brondo said her chopped salad recipe includes foods like tomatoes, cucumbers and avocado and is full of fiber, protein and healthy fats.
She said she likes chopped lettuce because it leaves her feeling refreshed and full after eating it, and the recipe is versatile so she can swap out the ingredients with whatever she has in her fridge.
Brondo said her salad recipe was inspired by TikTok videos
Brondo told Insider that she first saw recipes for chopped salad with chips on TikTok and then decided to create her own version with tomato, mozzarella and avocado.
Your default recipe is:
1 cup cherry tomatoes
2 mini cucumbers
1 red pepper
2 ounces. fresh mozzarella cheese
1/2 avocado
1 tablespoon pesto
1 tablespoon olive oil
Salt
pepper
pita chips
Quarter the cherry tomatoes. Halve the cucumbers lengthwise and then thinly slice.
Finely chop the peppers. Cut the mozzarella cheese into small cubes. Dice the avocado.
In a bowl add the chopped vegetables, mozzarella cheese and avocado. Add pesto and drizzle over olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Mix everything together well. Add pita chips to the bowl and use them to scoop the salad.
This salad is especially good for the summer months, Brondo said, because it's packed with hydrating veggies like cucumbers and tomatoes. Summer is also the prime time to eat tomatoes as they are in season.
If you don't want to cook meat, Brondo recommends adding mozzarella cheese to the salad for protein. She also said fiber from vegetables and chips can keep you feeling full for longer. Fiber helps regulate appetite and blood sugar levels by feeding the microbes that live in our colon, nutritionist Jo Cunningham previously told Insider.
The lettuce also contains healthy fats like olive oil and avocado, according to Brondo, which help us better absorb the nutrients from the veggies. Both olive oil and avocados contain mostly monounsaturated fats, which the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recommends over saturated fats because they promote "good" cholesterol in the body.
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