Especially during the holidays, it’s tempting to want to indulge in comfort food rather than your same old boring salad. However, adding new ingredients or changing the way you prepare your existing ingredients can spice up your salads and make them more appealing.
Here’s 8 delicious ways to makeover your dull salad.
1. Instead of romaine lettuce, try Swiss chard or kale. Both are nutritional powerhouses — an excellent source of vitamins K, A, and C, as well as a good source of magnesium, potassium, iron, and dietary fiber. Balsamic dressing is a fantastic complement to these leafy greens.
2. Sunflower seeds have a firm texture and nutty taste. The magnesium and copper in the sunflower seeds will help keep your bones healthy!
3. Pomegranate seeds are packed with nutrients and flavor! They are also a fab anti-aging food – helping to prevent hyperpigmentation, age spots, fine lines and wrinkles that are often caused by sun damage.
If you want to save a few dollars and have some patience in the kitchen, you can buy a whole pomegranate and de-seed it yourself. Or, you can take the easier route and buy fresh or frozen seeds.
4. Squeeze lemon slices on your salad instead of salad dressing. Not only will lemons add a new twist to your salad, but are also high in vitamin C and are known for their detoxifying properties and help restore the pH balance in your body.
5. Add shredded beets. Have you overlooked beets in the grocery store because you’re just not sure how to prepare them? Beets are loaded with nutrients including folic acid and iron! Plus, adding shredded beets to your salad only takes a few minutes. Wash and peel the beets. Then, use a food processor or hand grater to shred them.
6. Garbanzo beans will add texture to your salad. In addition, they are high in protein and fiber. If you want to keep your sodium consumption low, look for the canned garbanzo beans with no salt added.
7. Dice fresh tomatoes. Sometimes all it takes to make a salad more appealing is to change how you prepare the ingredients. In this case, instead of slicing tomatoes, dice them instead. Tomatoes are high and antioxidants and bursting with flavor!
8. Chop fresh herbs. Whether it’s chives, basil, cilantro, dill, fennel, parsley, sage, mint, or thyme, adding fresh herbs will add flavor to any dull salad.
Lindsay is a Certified Professional Coach who specializes in working with women in their 20s and 30s. She runs a fun and supportive online community exclusively for 20 and 30-somethings who want to figure it all out and fall in love with their life. Lindsay enthusiastically helps her clients take their lives from searching to satisfied. Besides being passionate about coaching, she loves blogging, experimenting with green smoothie recipes, practicing yoga, exploring hiking trails, and purple nail polish.