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How to Make a Super Salad

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salad with arranged ingredients, healthy lunches, vegetarian recipesIf salad sometimes seems boring to you, we think you will thoroughly enjoy these terrific ways to make a super salad – for a quick healthy lunch.  It’s especially fun to experiment with different ingredients for a super salad (making a colorful and filling vegetarian meal) when a variety of vegetables and fruit are easily available at the farmers market.

Wash Those Greens

Instead of waiting ’til you’re ready to make the salad to wash your greens, go ahead and wash them right up when you get home from the market.  Wash well with cold water, spin the greens dry, and wrap paper towels or a dishcloth around them before storing in a plastic bag in the refrigerator.

Add some Crunch

There are lots of “crunchy” veggies to include in your salad, of course, incredibly healthy options such as radishes, cauliflower and carrots.

Try adding these other “crunchy” ingredients for unique flavor and a twist to your next super salad:

1. Chow mein noodles

2. Granola

3. Pita chips

4. Pistachios

5. Pan-roasted chickpeas (recipe)

6. Toasted almonds or walnuts (tips and how-to)

7. Homemade croutons (so easy to make)

1. Take a slightly stale bakery loaf and cut it in half, then cut into 3/4-inch cubes and toss with 1/4 cup of olive oil and 1 teaspoon kosher salt (add other seasonings like dried herbs and garlic or onion powder, if desired).

2. Spread the cubes on a baking sheet and bake at 375 degrees F, stirring after 5 minutes; bake until they’re deep golden brown, about 10 minutes total.

Toss in Unique Ingredients

With all of the colorful ingredients in a salad (tomatoes, carrots, peppers, olives, and of course, the greens), how about adding some white ingredients for a little bit of pop and a new flavor twist?

1. Hearts of Palm – they come in a jar and have a similar taste to artichoke hearts; slice them up into small rounds before adding to the salad.

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2. Jicama (pronounced HE-kuh-muh) – it looks a little bit like a flat potato; peel and dice or cube it to add to a salad (the flavor of the crisp white inside is sort of a cross between apples and green beans – I know, it’s an odd combination to consider, right?).

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3. Fennel is crunchy and sweet and is easy to slice thin for adding to salads (with or without the feathery green fronds from its top).

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Add Salad Dressing

Whether you make your own dressing (see recipes) or use a bottled version, be sure to add the salad dressing only right before serving.  Otherwise, the dressing will quickly make the salad greens limp and soggy.  If you want to make the salad ahead and are planning to toss it when serving, you could place the salad dressing in the bottom of the bowl, gently laying the other salad ingredients on top of it and then chill, covered, until ready to eat.  Simply toss it and scoop dressing from bottom when ready to serve.

Layering or Arranging Salad

Salads, even super salads, don’t always have to be tossed.  Be creative and decorative, arranging the salad toppings in piles over a large platter of salad greens or layering the ingredients in a deep dish and serve with dressing on the side. Super salads served like this look particularly stunning and are fun for serving guests.

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Make your Salad To-Go

If you take your lunch to work or for whatever reason would like to take your salad with you for a healthy lunch option, simply layer your salad ingredients in a Mason jar (or similar container) with dressing on the bottom.  Cover with lid and chill; when ready to eat, remove from fridge and shake it up!

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Remember to save all your favorite salad recipes (including broccoli salad, potato salad, pasta salad, and more) and vegetarian recipes right here in your own online cookbook account with Dish Dish, so you can easily find them and share with friends and family whether at home or on the go.

What are your favorite ways to jazz up a salad?  Leave us a comment and let us know!

June 4th, 2015

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