5 Steps to Creating the Perfect Salad

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Grab your greens
The basis to any delicious salad is choosing the right greens. If you're after a nutrient hit, spinach or kale are your go-to options. For some crunch, go for iceberg, romaine, or red leaf lettuce. For a peppery flavor, opt for arugula or watercress. Of course, you can always decide on mixed greens for variety.

Add volume with fruits and veggies
Add even more nutrients, flavor, and texture by popping in wholesome fresh fruits and vegetables. Beets, zucchini, eggplant, mushrooms, and squash are all loaded with essential vitamins and minerals. Avocado adds healthy fats and adds more body to your salad. You can also sprinkle in some pumpkin seeds or nuts for an even more well-balanced meal.

Pick your protein
Bulk up your salad by adding protein, which will keep you fuller for longer. If you opt for meat, select leaner cuts with less fat, such as turkey breast or lean beef. Vegetarian options include boiled eggs, chickpeas, feta cheese, goat cheese, kidney beans, and tofu. Pescetarians rejoice: canned fish goes great with salads, and helps you get those vital Omega-3s.

Count on carbs
(Provide link to Healthy Carbs article). Carbs give you energy to get through the day. Try including corn, sweet potato, quinoa, or farro to add some healthy fiber that will keep you energized.

Dazzle with dressing
Dressing is optional here - but if you're looking for some pizzazz that will please your taste buds, but also keep you guilt-free, you can try the following easy, DIY dressings:

2 tbsp olive oil + 1 tbsp lemon juice + salt & pepper

2 tbsp red wine vinegar + 2 tbsp Dijon mustard + salt & pepper

2 tsp honey + 2 tsp Dijon mustard + 2 tbsp lime juice + 1/2 tsp lime zest + salt & pepper