It’s time to upgrade those boring salads with healthier additions that everyone in the family will love? No need to look any further because I’ve got great healthy ways to spruce up everyday salads right here that will be your number one go-to salads from now on.
Healthy Ways to Spruce Up Everyday Salads
First, we all know that salads are incredibly nutritious for overall health. Salads are chock-full of essential fibers, minerals, vitamins, and a host of other nutrients. Because many of the ingredients you add to salads like lettuce, cucumbers, onions, and even watermelon are water-based, they are excellent for proper weight management too.
So, I’m here to tell you that there are ways to make your salads healthier that will give extra flavors, varied textures, and colors. These are no way what your momma used to make way back when!
Sprucing up salads is quite simple and easy, which you can do in the following ways:
Add nuts to everyday salads
Nuts have omega fatty acids, i.e., the good fats. Silvered or roasted almonds are perfect ways to provide that contrasting crunch. Walnuts are also great accompaniments to any salad. Don’t forget pecans, pine nuts, and those delicious cashews. I will say though; nuts are natural fats, so too much is too much. Sprinkle nuts (maybe 10) on each plate, so everyone gets the same amount. Or you might not want junior to have so many.
Add fruits to everyday salads
Another way to spruce up salads is to add fruit. Most fruits are healthy and loaded with vitamin C, minerals, antioxidants, fibers, and other nutrients. Moreover, fruits add natural sugars to a bland bowl of salad. They will give a refreshing taste that will surprise the appetite and palate. Some of the fruits that are ideal for adding are pineapple, berries like strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries, and of course, apples and grapes. And, since avocados are technically considered fruits, add them in as well.
Grilled and roasted vegetables
Now that autumn is here and winter is not far behind, salads are best when adding in roasted vegetables. Shop for seasonal veggies that your family likes, such as squash, pumpkin, and eggplant. I’m sure you can come up with more. Roasted carrots and onions are also excellent to add on top of salads.
When summertime rolls around again, it’s a great time to indulge in a refreshing salad plate. It’s the time when most cooking is done outside on the grill. Let your husband know that he’ll now be grilling veggies! Onions, tomatoes, corn on the cob, and other vegetables are excellent foods to grill and spruce up a summer salad. These foods will provide a robust and rustic taste. Also, the natural sugars will come alive after grilling.
Homemade salad dressing to spruce up everyday salads
Now that you have some excellent options for healthy salads, you can now make your salad dressing for an even healthier salad. Don’t worry; it’s not hard at all.
First off, store-bought dressings are made up of ingredients that consist of names often challenging to pronounce, not to mention preservatives, and other ingredients healthy people are trying to avoid. Instead, it is best to make your own at home. Here’s an excellent homemade healthy rosemary salad dressing I whipped up a couple of years ago. It’s my go-to if wanting a little more moisture on my salads.
For example, honey, balsamic vinegar, and olive oil are great ingredients to add to a garden salad. A splash of orange juice, lemon, and a drizzle of olive oil is also ideal.
Believe it or not, you don’t even have to use dressing at all. I hardly ever use salad dressing, especially when I add avocado. The avocado has enough moisture that I don’t need any extra. Try it!
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