It’s time to say goodbye once and for all to boring salads!
We all know leafy greens and veggies do wonders for skin, body and overall wellbeing, so why not make enjoying these superfoods tasty too!?
I hear what you’re sayin’… if the words “salad” and “delicious” are placed next to each other, it must mean less than healthy toppings are involved, but we’re here to tell you, it’s NOT TRUE! You can have a salad that’s decadent, delicious, bursting with flavor, supremely satisfying AND totally healthy!
There are plenty of ways to think outside the box when it comes to greens, but I have rounded up 10 of my favorite.
Take a look at my scrumptious list below and prepare to get your VEGGIE ON!
10 INGREDIENTS THAT WILL TRANSFORM YOUR GREENS
Think salsa only goes with Mexican? Think again! A few spoonfuls of any variety (spicy, salsa verde, pico de gallo… YUM) add tons of flavor and can double as a low calorie dressing too!
SUN DRIED TOMATOES
I always keep either a bag or an olive oil packed jar of sun dried tomatoes in the kitchen. Thanks to a sweet and smoky burst of flavor, these add much wanted YUM factor to greens!
It’s time to welcome chives, dill, cilantro, parsley, mint, tarragon or basil to your bowl… oh the possibilities. Parsley, dill and mint work well with light, citrus flavors. Chives pair amazingly well with sun dried tomatoes, and cilantro is great with salsa, beans and avocado.
Just a few olives give a satisfying salty and tangy dimension to those greens, along with a great source of healthy fats.
BROWN RICE, QUINOA OR COUSCOUS
These wholesome starches amp up the hearty factor, helping you stay full longer while adding texture. Go for about 1/4 cup of cooked grains for any salad.
I love choosing either pine nuts, slivered almonds, toasted pecans or glazed walnuts as tasty salad toppers. These give sweet, salty and crunchy elements to your bowl o’ greens along with major nutritional benefits as well…. Healthy fats, fiber, protein, vitamin E to name just a few!
DRIZZLE THE DRESSING
Of course an AHHH-MAZING dressing can transform even the most basic salads. To stay #MHWApproved I recommend you make your own… whip up a batch on Meal Prep Sunday for the week. Check out this Blog Post for dressing ideas that also burn fat!
Fun fact: combining legumes with grains (as in black beans & brown rice) creates a complete, plant-based protein. Add garbanzo or black beans to your salad for a flavorful and filling topping.