We’ve all been in the place where lettuce, tomato, and cucumber doesn’t cut it as a salad. I recently went through a little salad hiatus (haha) because I was honestly just so bored (don’t worry, I still got my greens in). However, I have jumped back on the salad train, and here’s why:
I mixed up some new flavors and combos
I made sure I had protein
I made sure I had a crunch
I found/made some bomb.com dressings
I thought I would share some of my tips for building an epic salad and share an awesome salad combo that I love!
Greens are key
So many to choose from, with such different tastes!
I like to build my salad off of my greens. Here are a few of the things I have found:
Romaine: best with creamy dressings, beans/chickpeas, and not too many raw veggies. It is crunchy enough that you can get away with not having anything crunchy on it
Spinach: more bitter, best with vinaigrettes. Since it is so soft it NEEDS a crunch. Having a protein like salmon can give it some body. Personally, I don’t love spinach salads, I much prefer it in a smoothie
Mixed Greens: Ahh, my favorite. They have great texture and just enough crunch! I find mixed greens are the most versatile, they work well with almost any dressing, and they taste great with raw or cooked veggies.
2. Add something filling.
This might be an egg, salmon, chickpeas, tuna, chicken, whatever you’re feeling, but make sure you have something satiating on your salad. That way, you aren’t hungry an hour later!
3. Add a crunch.
There are so many options here- crunchy veg like carrots, nuts, seeds, chickpea snacks, etc. These are such essential elements to a salad because they add the varying texture to the lettuce and take longer to chew, making salad more of a meal and less of a side dish.
4. Something Creamy
If you are having a vinaigrette salad, having something creamy like avocado or tahini can add so much to your salad. Plus, you get a bonus healthy fat!
5. Add a Superfood
Pick something that makes you happy and powers your brain (or gut). You could use fermented veggies, hemp seeds, chia seeds, spices, berries, or anything really rich in vitamins and minerals! This will help you with overall health and make your salad delicious.
Dressings can be tricky because so many of them are loaded with preservatives and additives. I highly suggest making your own vinaigrettes (there are tons of recipes on Pinterest!). This can help step up your salad game from simple EVOO + vinegar. A brand I have found and LOVED is Primal Kitchen- they have amazing, clean salad dressings! I love the Caesar and Green Goddess, which I can link here.
Here’s a super easy, no cooking required salad combo that I have been loving!
- mixed greens
- shredded carrot
- hard boiled egg
- cherry tomato
- Primal Kitchen Green Goddess
What’s your favorite salad combo? Let me know in the comments below!
Have a great week!
Grace // Just A Veg ♥