Easy Ways to Add a Kick to Greens
Written by: Sarah Blackwell
I never knew how to make a good salad until I started a high raw food diet. My skills were limited to washing lettuce and adding cucumber and tomato soaked in the latest bottled salad dressing.
I have since learned how to make salad interesting since I eat a LOT of it and can get bored quickly. Here are a few of my tricks so that you can start getting excited about eating salads too!
1. Add Nuts Or Seeds – My favorites are sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, hemp seeds or pecans. Find out what you like and you will be surprised how this can change up your salad each time.
2. Add Raisins Or Cranberries – Although I don’t encourage a lot of dried fruit in the diet, adding about 1 Tbsp to a recipe can really add some nice texture and sweetness to any salad. Opt for dried fruit without any added sugar.
3. Learn To Use A Spiralizer – If you can spiralize some of your veggies on top of the salad greens, it gives a nice texture to your salad. The best veggies to spiralize are zucchinis, cucumbers, carrots and parsnips.
4. Shred Some Of Your Veggies – You can use your cheese grater to shred your carrots on top of your salad. It’s a nice way to enjoy carrots or beets on top of a delicious bed of greens. And it makes it visually appealing too!
5. Sprouts – If you can grow your own sprouts and make them the base of your salad, you are well on your way of having a day filled with energy! They also make a nice topper for any type of salad to make it look pretty but also taste awesome!
6. Use Tahini As Your Base Oil – Every salad needs some type of healthy fat, so in your homemade dressing, use tahini instead of oil.
7. Use Avocado In Your Dressing – Instead of oil, you can replace it with ½ or 1 whole blended avocado.
8. Have A Chopped Salad – Your salad doesn’t always have to have leafy greens. To change it up, have a chopped salad with as many vegetables and fruit in it as possible. Make them different sizes and textures and top them off with a simple dressing you have made.
9. Add Fruit – Did you know that apes eat fruit by wrapping it up in a leafy green? Fruit and leafy greens go great together! My favorite fruits in a salad are mangoes, strawberries or blueberries.
10. Learn To Make The Best Dressing Ever – Every good salad dressing has healthy fat, something sour and something sweet. Everything else is an added bonus. Experiment with oil, vinegar and sweetness. Try mixing up anything with these as a guide:
- Fats: Extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, almond butter, tahini, sunflower seed butter, avocado
- Sour: Lemon, lime, apple cider vinegar, balsamic vinegar
- Sweet: Medjool dates, coconut nectar, raw honey, pure maple syrup
- Salty: Coconut aminos, Himalayan rock salt, sea salt, tamari
Salads can be fun to make when you have all the ingredients on hand and your vegetables washed and ready to go. Enjoy these quick tips this summer and impress your friends while you do something great for your body, mind and soul.
Sarah Blackwell, M.H.S., BA (CYC) is an Author, Speaker, Raw Food Health Coach and mother of three children.Sarah holds a master’s degree in Health Studies and has been working with families and children since 1998.She is dedicated to transforming your life by being your teacher so you can become the best version of yourself.Sarah helps you rediscover yourSELF through food awareness, fitness, fun, love and creating honest relationships.
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