Yes I know I sound like the Twilight teacher but it is true. Green is good, and I am not only speaking of recycling 🙂
I have been on a salad kick lately. Well ok I am always on a salad kick, but I mean like really big salads. We usually have a side salad with our dinner at least once a week, usually more. Here lately I have been craving salads as my dinner. Which means it has to be loaded up with stuff to fill me up!
So I am going to talk about some of my favorite salad add ins 🙂
Let’s start with protein shall we. I usually opt for grilled shrimp or grilled chicken breast when I am making a dinner salad. Those are my go to protein sources. As you can tell from my picture I also love boiled eggs in my salads. Outside of those three options I have occasionally used tofu. I can also do a mean curry chicken salad. I have on occasion tried to throw in a burger patty, but it is my least favorite source for protein.
Now for the veggies! I totally hands down love romaine lettuce for salads, but I also love spinach leaves. Often I will combine the two in a dinner salad. Next my go to green foods are broccoli and green peppers. I love a salad with broccoli in it! I have often added in carrots, cauliflower, green peas, red or yellow peppers, and/or celery. Of course cucumber and tomato are always add ins for my salads. As you can tell above. I also love to add in zucchini, yellow squash, green beans, etc during the summer months when produce is at an abundance 🙂
I also like to add in pastas to get some great filling carbs going on. I usually only add in pastas if I am making the salad the main meal!
Now for what I like to call toppings!! I know veggies are also called toppings by some people, not me. I call those add ins. Toppings are things that you add on top but use sparingly. My go to toppings are olives (any variety), walnut/almonds, or sunflower seeds. Very seldom do I use bacon bits or croutons, I usually only have those if they come on a salad I order when eating out. I also like to add dried or fresh fruits for toppings. My dried fruit of choice is cranberries, where as I tend to go between apples and strawberries for fresh fruits.
Now let’s talk dressing. I have a confession. My all time favorite dressings are the creamy ones. I can’t lie! Give me ranch, ceasar any day. But we all know that those are not the healthiest! So I usually go with a home made honey mustard, balsamic vinaigrette, or a oriental made with sesame oil. Sometimes I like to be as simple as squeezing some fresh lemon juice over the top and calling it a meal!!
So tell me do you like/eat salads often?
What are your favorite add ins/toppings?
What is your favorite dressing?