I’m not really sure where I come from… I love eating and cooking healthy meals. I’m pretty much the only one in my family! My dad does not like fruits or vegetables. His salads consist of iceberg lettuce and ranch dressing. He actually makes a joke when he orders his salad, saying it is a “honeymoon salad”. When the waiter gives him a confused look he replies, “lettuce alone!” I’m not sure why I still laugh at that, haha.
I feel like people don’t eat salad often because they make boring salads. Am I right? I honestly get excited when I make a huge salad with “everything but the kitchen sink”. I literally go through my whole fridge and pantry gathering and adding every ingredient possible. This helps make the salad taste better but also helps fill me up. If you eat a salad for lunch that looks like those pre-dinner salads at a restaurant, you’ll end up hungry 10 minutes later. I like to put a variety of ingredients in my salads. I’ve added a few photos of different options below. Personally, I prefer no dressing. I just add avocado and “mush it” in my salad. I also use hummus if I don’t have avocado. I try to stay away from creamy dressings even though I do LOVE ranch dressing.
Here are some ingredient ideas to add to your “everything but the kitchen sink” salad:
Vegetables: kale, spinach, romaine, arugula, iceberg lettuce, broccoli, cauliflower, red peppers, green peppers, cucumbers, carrots, artichokes, beets – red or golden, cabbage, radishes, mushrooms, red onion, sprouts, celery or snap peas
Fruits: tomatoes, blueberries, strawberries, grapes, mandarin oranges, apples, pears, dried cranberries or pomegranate seeds
Healthy Fats: avocado, olives, almonds, pecans, pistachios, walnuts or sunflower seeds
Proteins: chicken – grilled, canned, rotisserie or baked, shrimp – sautéed or grilled, steak, salmon – grilled or canned, canned tuna fish, deli meat or bacon
Vegetarian Proteins: chickpeas, edamame, black beans, tofu, tempeh, hard-boiled or poached eggs or edamame
Cheese: goat, cheddar, mozzarella, parmesan or feta
Herbs: chives, dill, cilantro, parsley, mint or basil
Other: dressings, croutons, quinoa, guacamole, salsa or hummus
Take away: eat more veggies and don’t make boring salads! 🙂