We’re all trying to down more roughage these days. Gotta get that fibrous, nutritious-ness on lock, right? It's just that sometimes all of that green stuff just looks so sad, wilted, and unappetizing when mealtime comes around. We know how it is. Let us reawaken your salad love with new and enticing ideas to transform your boring salads into alluring salads!
Turn a New Leaf
Put down the Iceberg lettuce. That stuff won’t add nada. Instead, reach for some arugula, radicchio, watercress, endive… You know that whole salad greens section at the market? Go WILD and choose something new! Each of these greens offers different flavors and textures, broadening your salad horizons.
Massage that Kale
So kale is still getting all the hype for being this ultra-healthy food, huh? Take it from us; don’t jump on the bandwagon by eating it completely raw, that’s a one-way ticket to frown-town. The key to making this green amazing is through the art of massage. Literally massage the kale leaves with olive oil to transform them into the perfect texture for your eating pleasure!
Add fresh herbs!
Sure, sure, dried herbs are nice but have you ever thrown in some fresh dill into a salad topped with tuna? Or fresh basil and oregano onto a salad with tomatoes and onions? Adding in these crisp herbs will help bring the flavor of your salad to life.
Throw in Some CRUNCH
It’s always the finest sensation when chowing down on greens when you come upon a nice, nutty crunch. Be creative! Almonds, pecans, walnuts, peanuts- they’re all fair game. You can even add grains like quinoa or bulgur for an interesting texture mingling. Pair your flavors well and you'll be in crunchy heaven, while scoring extra healthy fats and vitamins along the way!
Nothing brightens up a salad’s flavor than some tangy citrus. Orange, lemon, lime, even grape fruit! Whether you just add juice for flavor or plop some slices on top, citrus makes for a refreshing, vitamin C-loaded take on roughage.
Make it Fruity
Fruit can surprise you. Take figs for example; they're pretty much balsamic vinaigrette’s long lost lover. Combining these with salad greens creates the elusive umami flavor of sweet yet savory, and oh-so-addicting. Try it with other berries and fruits, too, like strawberries or pears.
Incorporate Something Unique
Sometimes you wanna live on the edge. Who says you can’t chop up fresh asparagus and mix it into a salad… or fresh green beans… or raw butternut squash? The crisp crunch of fresh veggies adds a whole new level of texture to your salad, plus bonus nutrients and fiber FTW!
Spice it Up!
Don’t just fall back on the usual oil and vinegar routine. Toss in some cumin, red pepper flakes, GARLIC (ugh garlic always makes things better), you name it! Look at the greens as a blank canvas begging for colorful flavors. So long as these flavors compliment each other, there’s no stopping the creative concoctions you’ll whip up.