Fun Quirky Ways to Make Your Salads Awesome
Everybody knows salads are good for you. Just eating two dark leafy greens each day canÂ give your skin the collagen it needs to keep you looking young. And don’t get me startedÂ on all the other huge benefits that greens of all sorts can give – huge amounts of betaÂ carotene, fiber, vitamin C, vitamin E, folate and disease fighting phytochemicals. But theÂ greens is just the beginning of an amazing salad. Heck, you don’t even need to use greensÂ all the time.
Salads are without question one of the most versatile things you can make. As long as youÂ have some fresh bounty from the earth – fruits and vegetables – anything else you can thinkÂ of will work. If you’re getting bored with your salads, check out these ideas to make yourÂ next salad pop.
Step outside the lettuce box: Regular old iceberg lettuce doesn’t have to be in everyÂ salad you make. Spinach and mixed greens are good place to start, but think even moreÂ outside the box. Raw chopped kale or Swiss chard can make for a more full bodied bite ofÂ greens, and arugula can be a fun way to liven up your palette if you don’t mind a little spiceÂ it has a bit of a pepper aftertaste).
Also, escarole, endive and collard greens can be chopped and eaten raw. And don’t forgetÂ there are other types of lettuce that taste loads better than iceberg. Â Bibb, butter and redÂ leaf lettuce can make for a totally different flavor profile in your salad.
Go for some crunch: Having a bit of a crunch in a salad is a must. You can always goÂ the traditional route and add sunflower seeds, or you can try roasted almonds, pumpkinÂ seeds or soy nuts. Chinese noodles can also be a great thing to add and make the healthyÂ stuff easier to eat.
Don’t be afraid of canned veggies: An inexpensive and delicious way to make yourÂ salads different is using canned veggies, but only certain ones of course. Canned beets andÂ artichokes make for delicious salad additions because – surprisingly – they taste deliciousÂ straight from the can.
Seasoning is a must: A lot of people forget to season their salads and that’s just silly.Â A little salt and pepper can go a long way in making your salad come together. Also, tryÂ adding a little paprika or garlic salt, or even Mrs. Dash or another spice mixture you like, toÂ take your salad to the next level.
Mix your dressings: Why use just one dressing when you can use several? You’ll beÂ surprised at how delicious a salad can be by mixing certain dressings together. Using appleÂ cider vinegar as your base, then adding a raspberry vinaigrette mixed with a drizzle of blueÂ cheese dressing is one awesome example.
Like so many things in life that pull you into a rut, the salad rut can be one of the worst. AllÂ you have to remember is that anything goes with a salad. Whatever you love, your favoriteÂ fruit or vegetables, use them with your favorite dressing and see what happens. You neverÂ know what tasty flavor explosion you might end up creating.