Ever wanted one of those fancy restaurant style salads at home? Has your attempts at mixing varieties of lettuce, veggies, and dressing still not adding up to the extravagance you had on your last dinner date? If you are like me you want to replicate these lovely bowls of greens, not only do they look amazing, they TASTE amazing. This helps keeps me motivated to eat healthy. Try some of these tips to step your salad game up!
1. Fresh Ingredients
Making sure you only get fresh ingredients that are IN SEASON, is imperative to a beautiful tasty salad. This may seem obvious, but some people don’t know where to begin. The best place to go for fresh in season ingredients is your local farmer’s market. This is not only guaranteed fresh, it usually supports local organizations!
2. Salad Spinner
You do know that even pre-washed lettuce has to be cleaned too right?! This is an important step, but what’s equally as important is the drying process. Let’s just face it, the old paper towel pat dry trick just isn’t working out. Invest in a salad spinner, as it will get all of your chosen veggies quickly and thoroughly dry. This not only keeps your salad from being mushy, but also allows for your dressing to stick better.
Who says you MUST stick to the traditional lettuce base topped with carrots, cucumbers, and tomatoes? If your not a big lettuce eater, try using quinoa or faro as your main ingredients instead. Try any random combo of ingredients that satisfy your taste buds. Salads are simply just that, a mixture of good hearty ingredients. You can even try tossing some nuts, seeds, and/or roasted veggies in the mix. Go ahead try it…this is the FUN PART!
Play around with fresh herbs and spices for that extra punch of flavor. Something as simple like a drizzle of lemon or lime on top or even a dash of fresh cracked pepper or Sriracha can take a basic salad to a whole different level of taste.
This is an important cooking tip to remember in general. When you use a softer chewy ingredient in a salad such as feta or avocado, make sure you pair it with something crunchy like nuts or croutons. The contrast will keep the textures of the salad interesting.
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