Tasty Salad? You Don't Say?

Almost everybody I know doesn't relish the idea of sitting down to a salad. It's boring, they say. It's tasteless. I'm not a rabbit, they tell me. I need real food.

But salads are a great way to get some do-your-body-good vegetables and even fruits into your system. And they can even be filling enough for a main meal at dinner.

First, start with whatever mix of greens you like. My personal favourites are:
Then add whatever mix of foods you enjoy. You can't go wrong - trust me, the more the merrier!

Some of the things that get rave reviews are:
  • adding fresh herbs, like parsley, basil, or oregano. Herbs add so much flavour that you might not even need the salad dressing after all! But keep in mind that it's fresh, not dried, herbs that add the most flavour to your salad.
  • adding fruits like apples, pears, mangoes or orange sections gives your salad some sweetness while at the same time adding needed vitamins, minerals, and fibre to your diet.
  • adding some avocado. Avocado is delicious plus it contains some great good-for-your-heart fats.
  • sprinkling or crumbling some goat cheese on your salad. Goat cheese tastes great and is fabulous for your body. A 1 oz serving only has 75 kcal, 6 grams of fat, and 5 grams of protein, as compared to 1 oz of cheddar cheese which contains 113 kcal, 9 grams of fat, and 7 grams of protein.
  • adding some crunchy vegetables like bell peppers or celery, which not only makes the salad yummier but also boosts your vitamin C intake in one meal.
  • sprinkling nuts and seeds like hemp seeds, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, almonds or cashews on your salad. These contain a variety of essential fatty acids, protein, vitamins, and minerals and add crunch and flavour to your salad.
  • adding pre-cooked shrimp (found frozen in your grocery store) or chicken pieces adds tons of flavour and lots of protein to your salad.
  • adding legumes such as snow peas or soy beans (edamame) also adds flavour, crunch, and, of course, protein.
Now that you have some ideas on how to make an excellent salad that tastes great and is great for you, you can start adding salads to your lunches, dinners, and even snacks!

And you can't say it's boring now, can you?