Anyone who follows me on Facebook, Instagram and/or Twitter, you know I post a lot of salad pictures and, well, food in general. For those who have been asking, here are my favorite ingredients to put into a salad.
~ Italian Herb Mixed Greens, or Romaine Lettuce. I don’t use iceberg because it is 99% water and there’s really not that much nutritional value.
~ Protein – cheese, eggs, tuna, chicken, and bacon are some of the sources of protein I put in my salads.
~ Carrots, cucumbers, bell peppers, raw broccoli and radishes are some of the extra vegetables I add to my salads. The more veggies you throw into a salad, the more nutrients you will be getting, so pile it in!
~ Nuts, cranberries and raisins are more than welcomed in my salads as well. I’ve started using nuts (walnuts, alonds, etc) in place of croutons for that extra crunch I want. I also love they are exploding with healthy fats and more protein!
~ Dressing – I’m really kinda heavy handed with the dressing. I love thousand island, Catalina, French, and sometimes I even make my own with fruit vinegar, oil, fresh sea salt and ground pepper. I usually use the light versions of dressing to cut back on unwanted fat and calories. There are several 0 calories dressings out there for those who want to cut back on calories
~ Seasonings – I always load my salads up with seasoning. I try to stay away from seasonings with salt in them to cut back on sodium intake. Mrs Dash and seasoned pepper are some of my favorites to add. They add a lot of flavor to your salads without adding extra calories.
What do you do to spice up your salads?