Add Some Pizazz to Your Salads!

by Natalie

Salads are a great way to get in healthy foods, but it’s easy to become bored with them if you use the same ingredients over and over again.

Do you ever feel like you are eating salads all the time? When preparing a salad, do you reach for the same ingredients every time? If you answered yes to the previous questions, chances are you need to add a little pizazz to your salads.

When it comes to healthy eating, it is very easy to get into a rut. You find a healthy recipe, enjoy the way it tastes and so you continue to make it time after time. It doesn’t take long before your taste buds are screaming for a break. If you keep your salads interesting, you won’t feel like you need a break.

I’ve come up with 3 tips to help add variety to your salads.

#1 Switch up the toppings.

Here are some good ones to try:

  • canned artichokes
  • roasted red bell peppers
  • olives
  • sun-dried tomatoes
  • dried cranberries
  • orange segments
  • sliced strawberries
  • fennel
  • toasted nuts and seeds
  • beans
  • roasted beets
  • fresh herbs
  • roasted corn
  • avocado cubes
  • scallions
  • sliced apples
  • sliced pear

#2 Make your own dressing.

Homemade dressing is amazing! It can really make your salads taste a lot better. Dressing is very easy to make and requires almost no cooking skills. The best part is that you will not get any of the preservatives or additives found in bottled dressing.

You could also experiment with warm dressings. I recently featured a post that included a warm olive oil dressing, check it out.

My go-to homemade dressing is balsamic vinegar, olive oil, dijon mustard, fresh garlic and a dash of honey. Try making your own dressing today! I promise you are going to find it incredibly easy and tasty.

#3 Experiment with different greens.

Greens have the ability to give the whole salad a different taste. Try mixing in some different varieties with your basic romaine. I love the nutty, spicy flavor of arugula. Don’t be afraid to branch out. Next time you are at the store, grab an unfamiliar green and try it in your salad.

Salad Ideas

Here are a few salad combinations I came up with. Hopefully they will get your creative wheels spinning.

  • Spinach, orange segments, sliced strawberries, roasted beets, toasted almonds. Optional: goat cheese.
  • Romaine, artichokes, roasted red peppers, olives, red onion, toasted walnuts, fresh minced basil. Optional: chickpeas.
  • Romaine, black beans, roasted corn, avocado, green onions, fresh chopped cilantro, and tomatoes.
  • Arugula, cannellini beans, sun-dried tomatoes, and cucumbers.

Let me know what you come up with! Leave a comment in the comments section.

~Natalie

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