Salads are not just about the lettuce. They are about the toppings and adding unique ingredients to give them more texture and make them more tasteful.
Lets build a salad!
Step 1) Greens and grains
There are many nutritious options to use as a base for your salad. You could even try mixing two of them together. Examples include:
- Mixed Greens
Step 2) Load up on veggies
Vegetables are very low in calories, but high in nutrients. So the more veggies you chose to add to your salad, the more nutritious your meal becomes! The possibilities are endless.
- Snap peas
Step 3) Add fruit
Throw some fruit into your salad for an antioxidant and flavor boost!
- Pomegranate seeds
Step 4) Add more protein
Not all salads need additional protein to be more filling. But if you happen to be looking for a protein-packed salad try:
- Cut up veggie burger
- Lean meats such as salmon and chicken
Step 5) Add a crunch topping and healthy fat
This is the easiest way to spice up your salad and tends to be a game changer taste wise! Try adding:
- Sliced almonds
- Pumpkin seeds
- Pine nuts
- Shredded tortilla strips
- Crispy chickpeas
- Avocado (can work for a creamy dressing too)
Step 6) Dress it up!
I think everyone can agree that a salad is not complete without dressing. The healthiest option is to make your own dressing since a lot of pre-made ones tend to be packed with sugar and other additives. Easy salad dressings:
- Mash up an avocado
- Lemon juice
- Balsamic & olive oil (dijon mustard is tasty combined with these too!)