Most of us are familiar with our go-to weekday salad. It’s quick, it’s convenient and, if we’re being honest, sometimes boring. We’re over the chicken caesar salads of the world and ready to explore new salad horizons. Let’s perk up our salads with what makes them colorful: veggies! Here are three simple tricks to add some extra veggies in the mix.
Bring The Heat
When it comes to salads, we tend to keep it cool (with toppings, that is). Cold cucumber slices, chilled cherry tomatoes, raw peppers… Try this: toss a couple warm elements onto your salad like this Mixed Greens with Sautéed Mushrooms recipe. The warmth isn’t just reserved for your protein — heating up your veggies before tossing them in your salad will instantly make it more interesting.
Mix It Up
When you’re in a routine, it’s easy to stick with your typical salad ingredients. Try branching out and trying some non-traditional veggie elements. We suggest taking a page from this Mango Pepper Salad that throws in asparagus and corn. Other creative additions: broccolini, watercress and fava beans. Have fun and experiment to see which salad ingredients you enjoy together!
Leave The Leaves Behind
Throw out the rule book when it comes to salads and repeat after me: a salad doesn’t have to involve a pile of leafy greens! Instead, try something like this Feta, Tomato, Cucumber Olive Salad that uses cucumbers rather than lettuce as the “base” vegetable.
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