Throwing a salad together seems simple enough…but does simple have to mean boring?!

Salad generally isn’t something we search around to find new recipes for — it’s usually the same old routine, which can indeed become drab.  But guess what?  It doesn’t have to be that drab!

It’s time to mix things up and make salads exciting, delicious and something you crave…and once you get creative and find your flow, this will undoubtedly be the case! 

I certainly don’t have to convince you that salads are good for you.  Salads generously provide you a healthy helping of nutrient-packed greens, nourishing raw veggies and an extra pep in your step afterwards.  Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s number one eating guideline for a Nutritarian Diet Lifestyle is to eat a large salad every day as your main dish.  He recommends the salad should include a variety of lettuces, tomatoes, onion, and at least one raw cruciferous vegetable (kale, cabbage, arugula, watercress, bok choy).  He suggests that starting a meal with a large salad eaten first is the simplest and most effective way to prevent overeating and to make sure you never have a weight problem.

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 3 tips for making killer salads that you will long for:

  1. Use ingredients that are fresh and in season. Take a trip to the Farmers Market or your local health food store to pick up some local, fresh and in season produce…your taste buds will thank you for it!
  1. Mix it up. Get creative with your ingredients and play with mixing textures.  Combining raw veggies with cooked veggies 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.  Don’t forget the fruit!  Adding fresh fruit and berries to a summer salad is refreshing and quenches that taste for something sweet. Adding nuts and seeds and whole grains, like quinoa or brown rice, adds texture and taste as well.  Avocado adds a creamy texture and is a healthy fat and filling.
  1. 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 into your next salad?  Leave a comment below and tell me what you’re ‘cookin’ up! 

I know you’ll want something special to put atop that delectable salad in your near future, so I’ve included one of my favorite easy, healthy, homemade salad dressing recipes for you below.  Enjoy!

Homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette 

  • Olive oil — 1/2 cup
  • Balsamic Vinegar — 1/3 cup
  • Dijon Mustard — 1⁄2 teaspoon
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • Basil — 1⁄2 teaspoon
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste

Combine in jar with lid, shake and store. 

For more salad inspiration, check out the Salad in a Jar Program: which includes step-by-step instructions for creating your own salads in a jar + EASY recipes for 15 different salads and 4 homemade dressings.  Pick 5 to prepare on a Sunday evening and you’ve got a healthy lunch on the go ready for the entire week!  Goodbye, junk food… hello healthy!




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