How to make a killer salad

When I was dating my husband, his grandparents (2 of the sweetest souls I have ever met) invited us over for dinner. As Margie was bustling around the kitchen she asked if I would like a salad.  Hell yeah-I love salads!  What I got was a bowl of iceberg with ranch dressing.

What is this devilry?

Where is the romaine? Olives? Tomatoes?  Cukes?  I was so confused until Mr. make peace love food confirmed that the salad was indeed complete with just those two ingredients and if I wanted to get fancy to add some pepper to it (he has been reconditioned and now knows that pepper is not fancy. It is basic)! Salad at my house was way different. Salads were sometimes the main meal they were so big and filling.Veggies, meats, cheese, nuts, fruit-all the good ish. My dad used to make these colossal Greek salads with tons of olives, sweet peppers and feta. My mom made the dressing. Yum. So good.  He made an epic fruit salad in the summer, every summer! The epic fruit salad took like 3 hours to make it was so big and delish!

Throwing a salad together seems simple enough…put veggies in a bowl and add dressing, but, does simple mean boring?  

Salad generally isn’t something we search around to find new recipes for — it’s usually the same old routine, which can  become boring.

But guess what?  It doesn’t have to be that way.  (Whew)!

It’s time to mix things up and make salads exciting, delicious and something you crave!

Salads are good for you.  They generously provide you a healthy helping of nutrient-packed greens, nourishing raw veggies and an extra pep in your step afterwards.   

With so many perks all in one bowl, it’s time to re-kindle your relationship with salads and get them back on your plate.  

 Here are some tips for making killer salads:

Don’t use iceberg. Use something that tastes good, like, romaine, arugula, baby spinach-you get what I’m saying, right?

Use ingredients that are fresh and in season.  Take a trip to the Farmers Market to pick up some local, fresh and in season produce…your taste buds will thank you.  Don’t know what is in season in your area? Check this out!

Mix it up.  Get creative with your ingredients and play with mixing textures. Combining raw veggies with one cooked veggie can really take it up a notch.  For example, roasting some broccoli, mushrooms or onions to add to your salad will add an interesting and delicious element to your plate.

Add some nuts for crunch.  I like pepitas and sunflower seeds.  Hemp seeds are tasty too!

Step out of your comfort zone! Try something new-jicama, dandelion greens, avocado.

Don’t forget the fruit!  Adding berries to a summer salad is refreshing and quenches that taste for something sweet.  I love adding apples and cheese to my salads.

Spin your greens.  After you wash your greens, spinning them dry will help them not become soggy or too wet to absorb your ingredients and dressing.  So break out that Salad Spinner and spin away! 

Are your ideas brewing already?  What are you inspired to throw in your next salad?  

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