Get Excited About Salads

Hi, all! So if you’re anything like me, you get easily bored with having the same foods over and over again, and after a while you need to change things up a little bit. I try to be a really healthy eater, in hopes that it will help. So I try my best to think of creative healthy meals. The first one that comes to your mind is salad, right? Well, salad isn’t exactly the most exciting food out there though, and that leads many people to cringe at it’s name. Simply lettuce, cheese, chicken, and a dressing of your choice isn’t exactly a new and exciting meal that will also fill you up. So my new challenge was to find new and exciting salads to mix up meal time and make it more satisfying. And of course, my recipes will be geared towards vegans, but you can always change and adapt them.

The first thing that you can do is choose some of your favourite fruits and vegetables that you enjoy and don’t mind eating. So make a list of those and than you can go off of that and see what different combinations you can make. Here is my list:

    • Cucumbers
    • Avocado
    • Carrotts
    • Corn
    • Tomato
    • Strawberries
    • Raspberries
    • Apples
    • Broccoli
    • Squash

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It can just be something as simple as that, and than you can look at combinations. There are many things that go into making a perfect salad. Not every salad has to have lettuce in it! If you’re worn out on that green leafy plant, than switch to another one that your not sick of! Soon that will wear off. You can go through your list and look for combinations that you think would be good. Some ones that I would recommend are:

  • Corn, Avocado, Tomato
  • Cucumber, Avocado, Tomato, Squash
  • Lettuce, Strawberries, Apples
  • Tomato, Squash, Cucumber, Corn

As you can see the combinations are really endless, everybody’s preferences will be different, so you might have to experiment and do a little bit of a trial and error thing. Another thing that you want to keep in mind is filling you up and getting enough protein so you are full. Now if you eat meat, than by all means add some bacon sprinkles, chicken, ham, and than if you eat dairy add some blue cheese, mozerella cheese, whatever hits your fancy, go for it! There is a lot of protein in many fruits and vegetables such as broccoli (4.6g per cup) and Corn (5g per cup). If you really want to make sure that you stay full all day long, which I admit is sometimes very hard, espically around 3pm. One thing you could do to add protein is add some potatoes. Those are pretty good for you and filling. You can cook and cut a full potato in smaller pieces, or you can buy frozen ones that are pre cut. You can also add some nuts like soy beans or peanuts that add a cool flavor to things and some crunchy textures.

Lastly you think about the dressing. For salads such like these, I usually lean towards using a greek dressing, those are my new addiction and they tend to taste and go along great with salads such as these but it might be a flavor that many people don’t like. You could also go for an Italian or another more clear and lighter dressing. I would tend to lean away from more creamy dressings like ranch or honey mustard, but that’s just my preference. So go through your cupboards and experiment on creating new and fun salads so you can look forward to lunch this week! I’d love to hear any of your new recipes and try them out myself too, so feel free to comment on your favourite salad recipe, and happy cooking! c:

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