5 Steps to Build Delicious & Exciting Salads
Learning to make delicious and exciting salads is probably the best thing you can do for yourself when you’re working towards health and happiness.
I’m sure you’ve been in the situation before when you’re trying to eat better and you make the same boring salad every day for lunch. Nothing will make you binge more than eating boring food!
5 easy steps to making exciting salads
- Pick a green base. Choose one or two of your favourite greens and make them a little less than half of your salad. Who said a salad needs to be mostly lettuce? Do yourself a favour and pick something more delicious than boring iceberg lettuce. I share my favourite greens in the infographic below.
- Choose your favourite ingredients but keep it simple. Stick to three or four vegetables for your salad. Any more will make it time consuming and any less will make it boring. Have some fun with the way you cut them! Use a spiralizer or grater to change the texture. I shred carrots with a peeler. Consider the size of the vegetables as well. Do you want to have each flavour in every bite? Then cut the vegetables smaller than you normally would.
- Make it filling with protein. If you’re eating salad as a meal then it needs to include protein. Otherwise you’ll be hangry in an hour. Or is that just me? The type of protein you choose can change the whole style of the salad. Black beans make for a delicious South West salad, salmon and chickpeas can go Mediterranean and tempeh is great with Asian flavours.
- Add excitement with toppings. Croutons are obviously the best part of eating a salad but they’re not the healthiest option. Add crunch with raw nuts and seeds or fresh fruit like apples or pears. You can also make your own croutons with sour dough bread. Just dice, toss in olive oil, sprinkle with garlic and onion powder and bake in the oven.
- Make your own simple dressing. Store bought dressings have tons of hidden preservatives, artificial flavours, salt, sugar and fat. Making your own dressing is so easy! Once you learn how you’ll question why you ever bought dressing before. To make your own dressing you need an oil or fat, an acid, salt, pepper and spices. I share my favourite ones below. Put all of these in a jar and shake well!
At the beginning of the week I make a big bowl of salad, minus the dressing, and leave it in the fridge. This way I always have a quick meal or snack when I need it.
It’s a great idea to start every meal with a small salad to add more nutrients to your diet and fill you up a bit before your main course.
What are your favourite ingredients to add to salad to make it exciting and delicious?