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Healthy Salad Ideas

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An easy way to ensure you eat plenty of vegetables is to keep pre-made salad in the fridge in an airtight container.

Forget the store-made salads because they’re so boring. You can certainly start with a lettuce mix, but add your own colorful pizzazz for a salad you’re sure to reach for over and over again.

Note: If you make premade salad, store juicy vegetables like diced tomatoes separately and just add them when you’re ready to eat.

Lettuce:  Experiment with a wide variety of greens as you might be surprised at what you actually like. You can create different tastes and textures by mixing different types of lettuce. Try spinach, a spring mix or whatever you’d like. You can even add a bit of iceberg lettuce to create some extra crunch.

Vegetable Ideas:   There is no right or wrong here. Simply pick what you like, as much as you’d like and in any combination. Of course, some of these are technically fruit, but they’re placed here because commonly think of them as vegetables.

  • Tomatoes
  • Carrots
  •  Celery
  • Peppers in a variety of colors
  • Avocado
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Kernel corn
  • You can put a variety of vegetables in your saladAsaparagus tips
  • Artichoke hearts
  • Cucumber
  • Zucchini
  • Eggplant
  • Radish
  • Cabbage
  • Bean sprouts
  • Alfalfa sprouts
  • Peas
  • Turnip
  • Kholrabi
  • Red onion
  • Chives
  • Beets
  • Squash

Fruits and Berries: Add a little excitement to your salad with some sweet and colorful additions.

  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Berries are wonderful in your saladBlackberries
  • Raspberries
  • Watermelon
  • Cantaloupe
  • Honeydew
  • Mango
  • Papaya
  • Pineapple


Other Toppings: Add these to your salad just before serving, but you can prepare them ahead of time and store them separately.

  • Bacon bits
  • Cooked ham or other thinly sliced meat
  • Sliced chicken breast
  • Fried chicken strips
  • Nuts
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Croutons
  • Fried capers
  • Shredded cheese of all kinds
  • Raisin
  • Hard boiled eggs
  • Cooked, cold beans
  • Water chestnuts

Have fun with your salad…it’s good for you!

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Saturday 29th of December 2012

I could live on salad! The best ones have different textured foods like tomato and croutons. I add tuna to a lot of the salads I make.

Lindsay @ Laughing Lindsay

Wednesday 26th of December 2012

I used to have a salad for lunch every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday during college. However, I get bored with salads easily as I don't like any dressings on mine. I guess I should look into other vegetables.


Tuesday 25th of December 2012

I love salad!