3 Tips To Making Killer Salads

Summer is really around the corner and it’s time to reset, renew and feel good wearing your summer wardrobe... Hello bathing suits!

One of the best ways to feel lighter and help your body shed the excess weight is to increase your vegetable intake, specifically those green leafy vegetables that are packed with nutrients and vitamins. One of the easiest ways to do that is by consuming more leafy greens ... ENTER salads.

Salad generally isn’t something we search around to find new recipes for — it’s usually the same old routine, which can indeed become drab.

But guess what? It doesn’t have to be that way. (Phew)

It’s time to mix things up and make salads exciting, delicious and something you crave…and once you get creative and find your flow, this will undoubtedly be the case!

I certainly don’t have to convince you that salads are good for you. Salads generously provide you a healthy helping of nutrient-packed greens, nourishing raw veggies and an extra pep in your step afterwards.

With so many perks all in one bowl, it’s time to re-kindle your relationship with salads and get them back on your plate.

Here are 3 tips for making killer salads that you will long for:

  1. Use ingredients that are fresh and in season. Take a trip to the Farmers Market or your local healthy grocery store to pick up some local, fresh and in season produce…your taste buds will thank you. For some inspiration, a few of my favorite veggies currently in season are asparagus, artichoke and chard.

  2. Mix it up. Get creative with your ingredients and play with mixing textures. Combining raw veggies with one cooked veggie can really take it up a notch. For example, roasting some broccoli, mushrooms or onions to add to your salad will add an interesting and delicious element to your plate. Do you already have some ideas brewing? Don’t forget the fruit! Adding berries to a summer salad is refreshing and quenches that taste for something sweet.

  3. Spin your greens. After you wash your greens, spinning them dry will help them not become soggy or too wet to absorb your ingredients and dressing. So break out that Salad Spinner and spin away! If you are buying a ready washed salad bag, go for the flattest bag; when greens are packed the air is sucked out and as they age they release gases which make the bag puffier.

Personally, I love adding nuts or seeds to my salads. They are packed with healthy fats, provide a boost in protein and I love the crunchy texture!

Are your ideas brewing already? What are you inspired to throw in your next salad? Hit ‘reply’ and tell me what you’re cookin’ up!

I know you’ll want something special to top your delectable salad, so I’ve included one of my favorite easy, homemade salad dressing recipes for you below. It takes only a few minutes to make and best of all it’s free of preservative, additives and sugar... yes most store bought salads dressings contain sugar. Sugar is a tricky beast it lurks in the most uncommon places. Always check your ingredients, be a food detective!

Homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette

  • Olive oil -- 1/2 cup

  • Balsamic Vinegar -- 1/3 cup

  • Dijon Mustard -- 1⁄2 teaspoon

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • Basil -- 1⁄2 teaspoon

  • Salt and Pepper, to taste

Combine in jar with lid, shake and store in the fridge.

Are you trying to get back on track before summer arrives in full blast? Track your food for 3 days and schedule time with me for us to go over your food journal and how to make things better... Talk soon!

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