When you do have time, preparing your own food is the best way to go for your wallet and your health. Vegetables should be the number one thing in your diet, so here are some ideas on how to make them exciting in a salad!
Salads are great because they don’t require much time and you can use lots of greens. I love spinach, kale, baby lettuce and arugula.
The more vegetables, the more flavor!
Onions because they are sweet and and very flavourful. They also are very good for you!
Beets are flavourful and sweet as well and add lots of color to your salad. You can shred them raw or slice roasted beets.
Try roasted red peppers, banana peppers, jalapeno peppers….
Other vegetables you can add are tomato (I love cherry tomatoes), carrots, cabbage, celery, cucumber, and radish.
Any vegetable can go on a salad, experiment!
A great way to make your salad tasty is by using fruits and nuts. The fruit acts as a sweetener while still providing flavor, and the nuts are contain healthy fats and are protein rich.
Walnuts are my favorite in salad
Almonds, pecans, cashews, or peanuts
Raisins and dried cranberries
Dried cranberries are great with celery
Sliced orange or grapefruit
Sweet and delicious with arugula
Apple adds a great crisp texture
pairs great with walnuts, balsamic vinegar, spinach, and kale.
goes wonderfully with arugula or spinach
lots of satisfying healthy fats!
Try Adding quinoa, beans, or hummus to your salad!
The last step is to add dressing. Most dressing found in a grocery store contains refined sugars or are high in fat, so I recommend making your own.
Olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and black pepper.
Olive oil, lemon, and black pepper
Melt honey in a cup sitting in hot water. Mix in olive oil, finely cut fresh ginger, honey, lemon juice, cinnamon, turmeric and black pepper.
Mustard, rice vinegar, olive oil, garlic, lemon
Ideas and inspiration:
Spinach, beets, walnuts, goat cheese, and a balsamic dressing. (Buy cheese from a local farm!)
Avocado, onion, radish, cinnamon, a little cayenne, and agave. (I will eat just these together or add kale or other greens!)
Experiment with different of spices, find your favorites!
I cut vegetables and fruits and crush nuts into small pieces so that every bite can contain all the flavors.
Experimenting with different combinations and new ingredients is always a great way to make the whole experience exciting!