It’s spring time, and that means we eat more salads. Eating salads is an easy way to make sure that you are getting plenty of vegetables in your diet.  Vegetables contain high amounts of fiber which is beneficial for your digestion and for feeling full.

Salads make an outstanding addition to any meal.  They pair well with soups, sandwiches, grilled food, and much more!

Making your salads at home gives you better control of what ingredients are in your salad and what quality those ingredients are.

1. Substitute greens such as arugula, spinach, kale, and romaine lettuce for iceberg lettuce. 

I’ve eaten more iceberg salad in my life than I care to recount.  It has no nutritional value and can give you digestive issues.  Use dark leafy greens to add more nutrition to your salad.  Spinach contains substantial amounts of potassium, magnesium, and iron.

2.  Add color to your salads. 

Even at nicer restaurants, you may not have much in your salad besides greens.  At home you can add color by adding red, orange, or yellow peppers.  Carrots and tomatoes are another great addition to salads.

Red onions will add color as well as Vitamin C.

3.  Instead of salad dressing, add olive oil to your salad.

Most salad dressings are made of odd ingredients.  To make your salad taste better, add olive oil instead of store bought salad dressing.  You can also add apple cider vinegar to your salad too.

If you have a little bit more time, mix equal parts of olive oil and vinegar and add some chopped garlic for a tasty and healthy salad dressing.

4.  Add pumpkin or sunflower seeds.

Pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds both are healthy additions to your salads and can add more “crunch.”  Both seeds contain magnesium, a nutrient in which most Americans are deficient.  They also have healthy fats, fiber, and protein.

5.  Add avocado to your salad.  

Avocado will add protein, healthy fats, magnesium, and potassium to your salad.  You can also make your own salad dressing with avocados!

Bonus tip:  Add some herbs.  Herbs fresh from your garden are the best, but you can also add dried herbs.  Herbs add more nutrition to your salad and improve the taste of it!  My favorite herb to add to salads is dill.  Green onions are outstanding too.

What about you?  How do you make your salads more tasty and interesting?

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