Throwing a salad together seems simple enough, but does being simple have to mean boring?
Salad generally isn’t something we search around to find new recipes for — it’s usually the same old routine, which can indeed become drab.
But guess what? It doesn’t have to be that way. (Whew!) And no, you don’t have to just have someone else make it or eat out. Why does it seem like they taste better when you don’t have to make it?
It’s time to mix things up and make salads exciting, delicious and something you crave. Once you get creative and find your flow, this will undoubtedly be the case!
I certainly don’t have to convince you that salads are good for you. Salads generously provide you a healthy helping of nutrient-packed greens, nourishing raw veggies and an extra pep in your step afterward.
With so many perks all in one bowl, it’s time to re-kindle your relationship with salads and get them back on your plate.
Here are 3 tips for making killer salads that you will long for:
Use ingredients that are fresh and in the season.
Take a trip to the Farmers Market or your local healthy grocery store to pick up some local, fresh and in season produce…your taste buds will thank you. This summer the pick at the roadside mom and pop stand (I have one near me that’s all organic) is bell pepper, zucchini, tomatoes, radish, cucumber and summer squash.
Mix it up.
Get creative with your ingredients and play with mixing textures. Combining raw veggies with one cooked veggie can really take it up a notch. For example, roasting some broccoli, mushrooms or onions to add to your salad will add an interesting and delicious element to your plate. Do you already have some ideas brewing? Don’t forget the fruit! Adding berries to a summer salad is refreshing and quenches that taste for something sweet.
Spin your greens.
After you wash your greens, spinning them dry will help them not become soggy or too wet to absorb your ingredients and dressing. So, break out that Salad Spinner and spin away!
*Get creative! Strawberries and spinach with cashews is my favorite summer salad. How about leftover grilled veggies on top of greens? My newest creation avocado, cucumber, onion, tuna (or salmon) with salt, pepper and balsamic vinegar BOOM!
Are your ideas brewing already? What are you inspired to throw in your next salad?
Please take a moment to comment below and tell me what you’re cookin’ up! I know you’ll want something special to put atop that delectable salad in your near future, so I’ve included one of my favorite easy, homemade salad dressing recipes for you below. Enjoy!
Homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette
- Olive oil — ½ cup
- Balsamic Vinegar — 1/3 cup
- Dijon Mustard — ½ teaspoon
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- Basil — 1⁄2 teaspoon
- Salt and Pepper, to taste
- Combine in a jar with a lid, shake, and store.
Are you looking for more creative ideas? Check out my salad in a jar workshop in the Taylor’d Wellness Mind, Body & Soul Academy.