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Soup or Salad? Or how about SUPER SALAD!

Updated: May 8

Salads are a staple in many people's diets, and for good reason. They're refreshing, nutritious, and can be customized to suit individual tastes. However, not all salads are created equal. Here are some tips for making a great salad that will have you coming back for seconds (or thirds).

  1. Start with fresh, high-quality ingredients. This is perhaps the most important tip for making a great salad. After all, if the ingredients are subpar, the salad will be too. Look for locally grown produce that is in season, as it will be at its peak flavor and nutrition. Avoid pre-cut or pre-packaged produce, as it is often less fresh and flavorful than whole, fresh produce.

  2. Choose a variety of vegetables. A great salad should have a mix of different types of vegetables for both flavor and nutrition. Try to include a variety of colors and textures, such as leafy greens, crunchy vegetables like carrots and bell peppers, and softer vegetables like tomatoes and cucumbers.

  3. Add a source of protein. A salad is not a complete meal unless it has a source of protein. This can be anything from grilled chicken or steak, to tofu, to beans and legumes. Protein will help keep you full and satisfied, making the salad a more satisfying meal.

  4. Include a healthy fat. Healthy fats, such as avocado or nuts, not only add flavor to a salad, but they also help with the absorption of certain nutrients. For example, the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K are better absorbed when consumed with fat.

  5. Don't skimp on the dressing. A good dressing can make or break a salad. Instead of using store-bought dressings, which can be high in calories and added sugars, try making your own. A simple vinaigrette made with olive oil, vinegar, and a little Dijon mustard is easy to make and adds flavor without adding too many extra calories.

  6. Experiment with different greens. While iceberg lettuce is a common choice for salads, it is not the most nutritious option. Instead, try using darker leafy greens such as spinach, kale, or arugula, which are packed with nutrients. Mixing up the types of greens in your salad can add different flavors and textures, making it more interesting to eat.

  7. Add some crunch. To add some texture and crunch to your salad, try adding some nuts or seeds. Pistachios, almonds, and sunflower seeds are all great options. You could also add some croutons or crispy noodles for a little extra crunch.

  8. Don't be afraid to get creative. There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to making a salad. Feel free to mix and match different ingredients to find the combination that works best for you. Some fun ingredients to try include fruit, grains (such as quinoa or farro), and herbs.

  9. Be mindful of portion sizes. While salads can be a healthy choice, it is still important to be mindful of portion sizes. Avoid overloading your salad with high-calorie ingredients, and be sure to balance it with a variety of nutrients.

  10. Make a big batch. Salads are great for meal prep, as they can be made in advance and will stay fresh for a few days in the refrigerator. Make a big batch on the weekends and you'll have lunches or dinners ready to go for the rest of the week.

By following these tips, you can create a delicious and nutritious salad that wil

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