3 Easy and Tasty Ways to Change Up Your Salad
By Genevieve Cunningham
It seems like eating salads is a staple of a healthy life. Even if you don't eat salads at every meal or even every day, you definitely use this dish on occasion. It's an easy way to know without a doubt that you're eating healthy. But if we're being honest, salads can get a little boring. The same old lettuce and tomato, the same old toppings. The only thing that changes is the dressing. But there's good news: It absolutely doesn't have to be this way! If you're interested in keeping your salads both interesting and delicious, take a look at these three tips to try today.
Change Up Your Greens
If you eat the same kind of lettuce with every salad, no wonder it's getting boring. There are so many delicious greens that can completely change the taste of your salad. If you like fresh, go for iceberg lettuce. If you want something a little heartier, go for romaine or another dark lettuce option. Or you could step away from lettuce and include kale or baby spinach. Each of these slightly changes the flavor, and it can certainly keep your salad from being too boring day after day.
Change the Theme
Salads can have a theme, and each theme brings completely different ingredients to the table -- literally! If you want a salad with a Mexican food vibe, you can add pico de gallo and corn and tortilla strips. If you want a Hawaiian feel, add some pineapple and ham. Looking for a super summer vibe? Try various fruit -- strawberries or oranges, perhaps -- and a fresh dressing. Changing the theme alters the flavor and also makes it a little more exciting to add to your menu.
Change the Texture
Texture is a big deal. We don't often think about the texture of our foods unless we don't like the texture. But changing the texture can change the whole feel of the salad. Try adding a little crunch with nuts or seeds. Try something like cheese. Try a really oily dressing. Texture makes a big difference in both taste and the weight of the meal in our stomachs, so give this a try for a slight change with big impact.
Salads are a great meal for keeping the calories low and the nutritional content high. But you don't want them to get boring. Use these tips to change up your salad and make each meal just a little more interesting. Doing so might help you stick to healthy eating and a healthier life for years to come.
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