Are you sick of boring salads? Here is an extensive list of ideas to spruce up your salads to keep you eating healthy, delicious food. Create a different salad every couple of days by using a combination of these fresh ingredients.
Try a variety of different lettuces to keep from getting bored with your salads. Iceberg lettuce is commonly used however baby spinach leaves, rocket, cos and other leafy mixes are becoming more popular. These can be purchased in ready to serve packets or as a whole lettuce that you prepare yourself.
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Meat is a good source of protein and can keep you fuller for longer. Choose lean meats and keep the portions small if you are looking to lose weight. Ham, pepperoni, salami and roast beef are popular options. You could also lightly fry beef or chicken strips to add to your salad. Season the meat with paprika or dried herbs for a different taste. Diced bacon is another meat that can spruce up your salad. Fry a sausage and cut into 1 – 2 cm slices. Add these meats warm to your salad to create a delicious meal. Fish such as tuna or salmon are other healthy alternatives.
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Lettuce, tomato, carrot and cheese are probably the most well-known ingredients for a traditional salad. There are many other ingredients that can be used in your salad. Why not try different varieties of tomatoes? Roma, cherry or grapevine tomatoes are available in most grocery stores. Fried oriental noodles give a crunchy kick to your salad. Celery, finely julienned carrot, whole snow peas and cabbage are other foods that can be added for a crunch.
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Think about different fruits as a part of your meal. Orange is often added to salads in restaurants but you could also try apple, pear or pineapple.
Try to use produce that is in-season if you are on a budget. Look out for specials at your supermarket or produce supplier to keep the cost down as well. You can refer to the following list for ideas for your summer salads.
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- Beef or chicken strips
- Diced bacon
- Sliced sausages
- Roast beef slices
- Fried oriental noodles
- Julienned carrot
- Snow Peas
- Mixed lettuce leaves
- Baby spinach leaves
- Cos lettuce
- Iceberg lettuce
- Roma, cherry or grapevine tomatoes
- Grated carrot
- Red onion
- Gherkins or cornichons
- Cocktail onions
- Bean sprouts
- Cooked egg