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Salad Recipes for Beating the Common Cold Naturally

Discover immune-boosting salad recipes that can beat the common cold and flu! In this section, you can explore a multitude of recipes for flu-beating salads that deliver generous amounts of cold- and flu-combating nutrients such as vitamin C, zinc, beta-carotene, vitamin E, and quercetin.

Now, before you dive into the world of flu-beating salad recipes, you may want to have a look at the diet section (see Best Diet Tips for Common Cold Prevention) and the food section (see Best Foods to Fight a Cold or Flu) of this guide in order to learn more general information about how a healthy diet can help ward off colds and the flu naturally.

Super-Nutritious Broccoli Salad with Apples and Cranberries

This recipe has all the elements of a winning recipe to ward off colds and flu. It features broccoli, red onions, and apples—all of which help build a strong immune system. In addition, this salad calls for yoghurt containing probiotic bacteria which, according to new studies, may be effective at preventing respiratory infections such as the common cold.
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Romaine and Smoked Salmon Salad

Salmon is rich an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compounds, and romaine lettuce is packed with vitamin C. Also the radishes featured in this salad help prevent and cure colds and flu as they can clear congested sinuses, heal sore throat, and prevent viral infections.
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Shrimp and Eggs on Romaine Lettuce

Shrimp and eggs are loaded with vitamin D which has been shown to have protective effects against colds and other respiratory tract infections. The romaine lettuce featured in this salad is packed with vitamin C which gives a real boost to the immune system.
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Ginger and Cucumber Salad

Ginger, a key ingredient in this salad, has been used both as a culinary plant and as a medicine for thousands of years. It is particularly famous for well known for its cold and flu treating powers. It stimulates circulation and helps keep the sinuses and lungs clear of mucus.
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Chicken and Apple Salad

This recipe pairs meaty chicken with luscious apples and grapes to create a wonderful taste sensation. But the best thing is, the benefits of this salad are not purely culinary; this salad is also great immune system booster. Chicken is delivers zinc, a mineral that has an important role in the body's antioxidant system, while apples are crammed with vitamin C and flavonoids.
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Salmon Salad

This salmon salad is packed with astaxanthin, a carotenoid that is responsible for the pink color of salmon and that has significant antioxidant properties. In addition, this dish contains plenty of red onion and capers which are among the best dietary sources of quercetin, a bioflavonoid that has shown promising potential for suppressing rhinoviruses which are the underlying cause of the common cold.
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Carrot and Avocado Salad

Both avocados and carrots are packed with antioxidants that help boost the immune system, making this salad an excellent weapon against the common cold and flu.
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Arugula, Avocado and Tomato Salad

Popular in Italian cuisine, arugula contains several compounds that make it an excellent weapon against colds and flu. Also tomatoes and avocados are brimming with vitamins and antioxidants.
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ACE Salad

This summery salad works like magic to soothe your soul—and protect you from colds and flu. It is loaded with the ACE vitamins (pro-vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E) that are famous for boosting the immune system.
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Beet and Carrot Salad with Ginger

Several studies have found betacyanin—a phytochemical compound responsible for beets' intense purple color—to possess significant antioxidant properties. Also carrots are rich in antioxidant and immune-boosting nutrients, including beta-carotene and vitamin C.
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