Wednesday, November 27, 2013

How To Liven Up Your Salad






I personally love salads. I sometimes specifically go out just to get a salad. More often than not I order a salad at a restaurant because it sounds good, not just because I am trying to eat healthy. But when it comes to eating salad at home, I am not always as excited about it. Restaurants seem to know how to give that extra pizazz that makes me want to eat the salad. At home my salads seem to be boring and not as desirable. Over time I have learned how to liven up drab at home salads.

Add grilled veggies
Veggies are no stranger to salads, but when you grill them first, it gives something extra. The juxtaposition between the cool, crispy lettuce and the warm, soft veggies makes a salad a bit more fun to eat. 

Favorite grilled veggies: eggplant, onion, zucchini, squash

Quinoa
Quinoa is incredible on salads. It gives a salad a little bit extra crunch and a protein boost. Add the quinoa while warm for extra excitement.

Goat Cheese
Cheese is probably one of my biggest weaknesses, but I think in moderation it is ok. Any cheese is great on salads, but the creaminess of goat cheese is perfect. It is also one of the healthiest cheeses you can eat.

Fruit/Nuts
I am not a fan of this, but many people love fruit on their salad. Tangerines, strawberries, pears, just to name a few. Pecans, walnuts, and almonds are also great.

Over-easy Egg
Many people put hardboiled eggs on their salad, which is great. I like to put an over easy egg, because when the yolk breaks it mixes with dressing and makes the salad interesting. This idea isn't for everyone, but give it a try!


Beans
Beans are great on salads and also add extra protein. Put some black beans, corn, avocado, and salsa and you have yourself a southwestern salad.

Other favorite add-ins
mushrooms, feta, olives, avocado, corn, salsa verde, greek yogurt dressing, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, shredded carrots



What do you like to put on your at-home salads to liven them up?


41 comments:

  1. Okay, this post just made me so hungry! I really like the idea of grilled veggies on salad. I'll have to try that!
    I'm a huge fan of fruit, nuts, and goat cheese on my salads. So decadent, but so tasty!

    Best,
    Danielle
    http://awriterinlove.blogspot.com

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  2. These are great tips! Can't go wrong with a boiled egg and cheese!

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  3. These are great ideas, I always get so bored with my salads at home! Thanks!!

    Meredith
    monogrammeredith.blogspot.com

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  4. Great advice! I am always struggling to add some excitement to my salad.

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  5. Mmmm I love these ideas. I'm right there with you. I feel like my salads at home are so boring and tasteless. I will be trying a few of these ideas!

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  6. I am totally trying the egg idea!!! Sounds delicious :)

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  7. looks delish, haven't tried with the egg yet :D

    Anna xx
    Little Pretty Mess

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  8. These are great, easy ideas! Pinned!

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  9. Admin your article looks good,and also your images are fantastic. All the images you have post here are looking delicious. I want to make some salad,but i don,t have no experience. I want to take some class for to make these kind of things in home. If any one can guide me, then please reply me, I really want to do this. One more thing, i am student and doing a project on networks related to examcollection. Thanks for the such a great article.

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