4 Ways to Add Protein to Your Salad + Giveaway

add protein to your saladI’m not huge on salads but every once in a while I get a craving for one then I can’t stop eating them for a week straight. While I’m binging on my greens though, I always try to incorporate protein the best that I can. However,  sometimes I run out of ideals to keep it interesting. But have no fear! After some nifty research on new protein sources I’ve never tried, I decided to create a list on 5 ways to add protein to your salad.

Homemade Protein Heavy Salad Dressing

add protein to your saladSalad dressing? Yep, you read that right! If you don’t eat your salad dry then why not amp up your dressing with more protein? Healthy on the shelf dressings though a better choice than others, they are still loaded with fat. So keep on indulging your taste buds with this homemade caeser dressing alternative.

Serves 4


1/3 cup nonfat Greek yogurt

2 anchovy filets, mashed

1 clove garlic, minced

Juice of one lemon

2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce

2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

2 Tbsp. Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, freshly grated


1. Use a whisk to mix together the Greek yogurt, anchovies, garlic, lemon juice and Worcestershire sauce.

2. Whisk in the oil, and add the cheese.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 124

Protein: 8 grams

Carbs: 4 grams

Fat: 9 grams

Black Beans

beans-799942_1280Most people assume black beans should only be used in Mexican oriented salads but boy are they wrong! One cup of black beans contains half your daily dose of fiber and almost 15 grams of protein. So liven that salad up already and throw in a cup of black beans.

Hummus or Chickpeas

add protein to your saladChickpeas pack approximately 2.4 grams of protein per tablespoon so adding them to your salad is a no brainer. Don’t like chickpeas but love hummus? Well throw together some pasta, veggies, and hummus and you’ve got another protein power salad. Thin hummus with olive oil and rice wine vinegar, then toss with cooked rotini pasta, chopped parsley, toasted almond slices, and plenty of coarsely ground fresh pepper.

Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts

add protein to your saladLove adding protein to your salads but you’d love a little crunch to add some texture? Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts are the way to go. This little super seed packs 10 grams of plant-based protein and 10 grams of Omegas per 30 gram serving. Just sprinkle them on a viola! Crunch away!

Now for the best part, Manitoba Harvest and I are giving away 1 package of Hemp Hearts for you to try out yourself! All you have to do is follow any of the accounts below and leave a comment for every one you complete. Don’t want to follow? No problem! Let me know which of these protein heavy options you would add to your salad? Good luck!

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  • Tweet about the giveaway using@ManitobaHarvest #hemphearts @FitApproach #sweatpink

One prize per person. If you win this giveaway, and have already won another prize from Manitoba Harvest through another blog, please disclose that you have already won so we can choose another winner. Open to US and Canada residents only.




  1. November 11, 2015 / 9:53 am

    I often add black beans or chickpeas to my salad, but I’ve never heard of hemp hearts. And I do love a good crunch. I’ll have to look for these in the grocery store.
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  2. November 11, 2015 / 1:00 pm

    This looks like a great product! I’m always looking for easy ways to add protein to my salad! I’ve never heard of it before, but I will definitely check it out!
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  3. November 11, 2015 / 2:19 pm

    These is really great way to add more nutrients to your salad. The Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts is a good mix to salad.
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  4. Wendy
    November 11, 2015 / 11:37 pm

    I’m not a big salad dressing fan but this sounds good! I will need to make this for the weekend!

  5. Rosey
    November 12, 2015 / 11:12 am

    I do love chick peas. I’ve never thought to put them in a leaf salad. Good thinking!

  6. Rebecca Swenor
    November 12, 2015 / 6:40 pm

    My family loves salads but I eat mine with now dressing. The extra crunch is what I love added to my salads so I would indeed try of the Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts.

  7. Michele D
    November 12, 2015 / 7:32 pm

    Those are some great suggestions. I’m afraid my family would look at me funny if I put beans in the salad. I would love to try it in mine one day.

  8. November 13, 2015 / 11:54 am

    I don’t eat meat and I do weight training so I need to make sure I eat enough protein! All of my salads pretty consist of all of those ingredients!
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  9. November 16, 2015 / 9:18 pm

    Great Suggestions! I am eating a salad right now!

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