People often get stuck in a rut when it comes to making salad. But salads don’t have to be boring. In fact, they shouldn’t be! So say goodbye to iceberg lettuce, which holds little nutritional value anyway and say hello to darker greens (unless you are on blood thinners, of course).
Start by changing your greens. Use fresh spinach, mixed greens, arugula or bak choy just to name a few!
Then look around your kitchen and see what interesting veggies you can throw together. How about using fresh broccoli, carrots, peas, green beans or red cabbage. If you use peppers, try a yellow or orange one, not just for color but because they have a unique sweet taste.
If you want to add warm veggies, saute onions before putting them on your salad or you can try sauteed mushrooms or both! Yummy.
Beans are great for you and they can easily be added to salad. Garbanzo beans and black beans are a great source of fiber and protein and will add some substance to your salad giving you the opportunity to make it the main dish at lunch or dinner.
Don’t forget that you can use fruit too. Freshly cut apples are nice in salad as are sliced pears, mandarin oranges and even grapes! Raisins, nuts and berries are also great salad fixings.
You might surprise yourself and find you actually like eating salad after all!
Here’s an example to get you started:
At least 1 10 oz bag of pre-washed of fresh spinach – (I often use two)
1 large red pepper – chopped
1 12 oz bag of steamfresh cut green beans (Birdseye is a good brand to use) – follow cooking directions on bag and then cool in a drainer with cold water
1 14 oz can of quartered artichokes – drained
1 small red onion peeled and chopped
1/2 cup of raisins
1/2 cup of chopped walnuts
1 14 oz can of mandarin oranges – drained
1 package of grape tomatoes – cut in half
Throw all the ingredients in a bowl and sprinkle with your favorite dressing. For this particular salad, I recommend balsamic vinaigrette or maybe even poppy seed.
You can add cheese if you wish. Sometimes I use a vegan cheese substitute called “Go Veggie”.