You want to prepare healthy meals, but it’s hard to get your family on board, not to mention how difficult and time-consuming finding good produce can be. Help is on the way in the form of some fresh, international salad ideas and a Fresh Direct promo code. Without even leaving your kitchen table, your family can be whisked away to foreign lands—and, bonus: you can snag seasonal produce and even enhancements like pungent cheeses, hearty nuts, and flavorful seafood at $50 off using the Fresh Direct promo code “50OFF” (valid on your first order of $100 or more). It will all be delivered to your door, whenever it’s convenient for you. Oh, and did you know beer, wine, and spirits can be added to your shopping list? Pair something special with one of these options.
1. Salade Niçoise
This dish is named for Nice, the beautiful city from which it originates. While the recipe varies depending on whom you ask, tomatoes, anchovies, hard-boiled eggs, Niçoise olives, and a gowning of olive oil are constants. Interestingly, while many chefs mandate the use of only fresh, raw vegetables (a rule born out of Nice’s sunny Mediterranean climate), others include cooked potatoes and string beans. Regardless, your family will enjoy a healthy and delicious trip to the French Riviera through the palate!
Larb (pronounced laab) is touted as the unofficial national dish of Laos, though it’s also popular in Thailand’s Isan region, where many Laotian immigrants and descendants live. On your plate, you’ll find minced raw or cooked protein (typically beef, pork, chicken, duck, or fish) flavored with fish sauce, dried chilies, basil, mint, lime juice, sugar, and ground toasted rice (khao khua). The protein makes this salad a hearty meal, while the chilies and mint are great for digestion—and lime is great for everything, from your skin to your eyesight. Made properly, this salad is intensely salty, sour, sweet, and spicy all at once!
3. Tabouli (or Tabbouleh)
While pondering salad ideas to use with your Fresh Direct promo code, note this flavorful Middle Eastern option. Featuring bulgur wheat, chopped parsley, and scallions—as well as a tangy dressing of lemon juice and olive oil—it’s refreshing on its own or on top of pita, accompanied by hummus or falafel. While the bulgur packs a healthy dietary fiber punch, the parsley is loaded with vitamins A, C, and K! In terms of origins, tabouli is touted as Lebanon’s national dish, created in the Lebanese and Syrian mountains. According to The Culture Trip, people in the Middle Ages were skeptical over the salad’s lack of meat, but the delicious taste quickly won the masses over.
4. Israeli Salad
If you’re thinking this salad, popular in New York Jewish delis, was invented in Israel, you’re wrong. While it’s Israel’s national dish and a daily staple in the country, the salad stems from Palestine, according to Serious Eats. It features raw onion, tomato, cucumber, parsley, and mint—all finely minced and diced before hitting your plate—topped with lemon juice, olive oil, and salt to taste (though you can also experiment with za’atar and yogurt). In Israel, you’d find it on the breakfast table, amid other small plates. You can easily add it as a tasty omelet side dish at home.
5. Moroccan Spicy Carrot Salad
While carrots are the base of this simple salad, in true Moroccan fashion, there are plenty of herbs and spices to bring them to life and dazzle the family. This deliciously simple recipe from Food52 has you peel, wash, and cut carrots before boiling or steaming them. You then toss them in a bowl with chopped parsley, and dress with a mixture of crushed garlic cloves, lemon juice, olive oil, sea salt, and, if your family doesn’t mind the heat, spicy chili-laced harissa.
When you can’t hop a flight, these salads will bring the cultural experience (and healthy eats) to you.