Many people are looking to get healthier, and changing the way they eat is a good way to start. When eating healthier, many people feel that salads are the way to go. However, salads can get boring and unsatisfying after a while. A salad does not have to be boring and unappetizing though. There are several ways to give a plain salad a boost to become more appetizing and satisfying for the stomach.
Many people are not professionals in the kitchen. In fact, many people do not enjoy cooking and the nuances that go along with it. So, for some people, this tip can be a revelation. Using fresh produce to create your salad can make a huge difference. Produce that has been sitting for a while can start to turn mushy and lose the crunch that makes raw produce so satisfying. Different veggies can be in season at different times. Using fresh, seasonal vegetables can spice up an otherwise lackluster salad.
There are many different types of greens available in the produce world. Many salads are made with iceberg lettuce, which is the vanilla of greens. Try using a mix of different greens to give your salad not only a flavor boost, but a nutritional one as well. Check out greens such as romaine lettuce, kale, spinach, baby spinach, or even arugula to give your salad new dimensions.
It may seem redundant to some people to add herbs to a salad however adding fresh herbs can really heighten the flavor profile of the salad. For example, if you are creating a southwest salad, using cilantro will help bring the flavors out of the ingredients. Other herbs such as dill, parsley, basil, tarragon, rosemary, and thyme can all be used to change the flavor of the salad.
Texture is less of a flavor but makes the salad stand out more than it would without it. Using varied ingredients for texture can ensure that the salad will never be a boring one. Fresh, crisp items such as apples, radishes, cucumbers, carrots, or peppers can help bring the crunch into the salad. Nuts, croutons, or seeds can provide a crunchy textural element as well. Adding dried fruit can bring a chewy texture into the salad to balance the crunch. To bring a softer texture, try adding a hard boiled egg, sliced cheese, or an avocado.
Adding a protein to the salad can change the flavor, the texture, and the nutritional value of the meal. Added protein can turn a side salad into a full meal which will keep the stomach satisfied for longer. The obvious protein that could be incorporated into a salad is meat such as chicken, steak, seafood, or pork. However, many people are not aware that protein is available in other food items besides meat. Try adding tofu, quinoa, black beans, chopped eggs, or freekeh to give the salad a punch of protein.
There are so many dressings available in the grocery store aisle that it can almost be overwhelming. Before pairing a dressing with the salad, first think of what flavors would match best with the ingredients in the salad. Pairing together a honey mustard with a southwest salad may be good, however it would not be a balanced flavor. Create your own dressing and experiment with the flavors to find a good fit.