June 9, 2010

Greening things up!

 

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When attempting to eat healthier, I pretty much always try to stick with salad, but this can get kind of boring quick, fast, in a hurry if you don’t keep things interesting…I mean how much iceberg lettuce can one person eat?  I think of myself as brave as far as adding different ingredients to my salads, especially colorful ones that are flavorful and contain all that other good healthy stuff.

Here are some of my favorite salad add-in combos:

pistachios + sunflower seeds + dried cherries + unsweetened toasted coconut 

almonds + dried cranberries + macadamia nuts + dried pineapple

black olives + garbanzo beans + roasted red peppers + feta cheese + red onions

raw green beans + radishes + fennel + blackberries

strawberries + pecans + dried cranberries + poppyseeds

These are just a few, but I could probably go on and on. All you really need is a green base (Bibb lettuce, mesclun greens, spinach, romaine, watercress, arugula, etc.) and your options are limitless. As for dressing, I pretty much always stick with a balsamic vinaigrette or something similar. But just play with it and see what strikes your fancy. You’ll never look at a salad bar the same way again. I promise!

Now, tell me what are your favorite salad toppers?  

7 comments:

  1. salad image via http://foodblogga.blogspot.com/2008/03/seductive-strawberry-salad.html

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  2. Blackberries on salads are my fave!!!! I also like them on ice cream, though - hee!

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  3. Sounds like we would enjoy the same type of salad. Beautiful image. Summer makes me crave healthier food.

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  4. I am veggin it up this summer, too! All your salad combo's look soo good. I am planning to try a bunch of these salads from an article in last years NY Times. It's really neat: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/22/dining/22mlist.html

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  5. Great suggestions! I will definitely have to try some of those! I personally enjoy spinach salad with pears (or apples) with pecans, blue cheese, and dried cranberries.

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  6. I love strawberries, goat cheese and pine nuts with salad and or mixed greens. DELISH!

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  7. These all sound so yummy! I second the roasted red peppers. Roasted anything (peppers, onions, carrots, zucchini) on a salad is primo.

    I also love me some avocado. I'm kind of like Paula Deen...I used to not like avocado until I found out it was high in fat. Now I love it!!! But its a good fat. :)

    And a salad even my kids beg for is pineapple with cheddar cheese on lettuce (w/ ranch dressing for them)

    Also, strawberries, almonds and Southern Living's poppyseed dressing.

    But my new thing is to replace calories with flavor (spiciness) so I add jalapenos to everything these days.

    Check out my blog post on making your own croutons.
    http://ginger-snap-shots.blogspot.com/2010/05/waste-not-want-not.html

    Mmm....you've got me wanting a salad tonight!!!

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