When you think about salads, what is the first thing that comes to mind? Maybe its plain lettuce with a couple shredded carrots and sliced cucumbers. Let’s spice up these lonely vegetables with some other fun, filling, and flavorful foods. Here are some yummy ideas to add to your salads.
Dressing. This a way to completely change the flavor of your salad. Dressings can be sweet or savory. Most dressings contain oil, acid, herbs and spices. The fat in the dressing will keep you feel full and satisfied.
– Examples: vinaigrette, ranch, Caesar, Green Goddess, or Asian.
Legumes. These add some texture along with lots of nutrients to your salad. Legumes have protein and fiber. These keep you fuller for longer.
– Examples: black beans, chickpeas, lentils, edamame, or kidney beans.
Fruit: Helps add sweetness and color to your salad. To change up the texture, you can add fresh or dried fruit. The carbohydrates in the fruit help create a balanced salad that will keep you satisfied.
– Examples: berries, apples, oranges, peaches, grapes, mango, or apricots.
Roasted vegetables: These add delicious toasted, caramelized flavors to your salad. You can also add them hot which will create a warm salad for a cold day.
– Examples: sweet potato, butternut squash, Brussels sprouts, beets, mushrooms, onions, or tomatoes.
Grains: When you need a salad to keep you full for hours, add grains. These will add carbohydrates and fiber that will help you feel full of energy after your salad.
– Examples: rice, quinoa, barely, pasta, or corn.
Meats/Plant-based Proteins: Adding a protein source to your salad will make it feel more like a meal.
– Examples: chicken, beef, pork, ground turkey, tofu, seitan, or tempeh
Nuts and seeds: Top your salad with nuts or seeds to add some extra crunch. Nuts and seeds contain unsaturated fats that are nourishing and filling.
– Examples: walnuts, peanuts, almonds, cashews, sunflower seeds, or pepitas.