Truth be told, I’m no salad enthusiast. Not even close, honestly. In fact, if you asked me to eat a salad I’d probably give you a silent glare and then order a burger to spite you. But what I lack in my feelings towards salad and healthy things, I make up for in my dedication and motivation to make healthy items interesting enough for me to consume. Although I don’t eat salads daily, I do try and incorporate it into my diet in order to maintain my health…because I’m an “adult”.
If you’re anything like me and you find salads to be, well, boring, then you have come to the right place. The title above may sound insane to you but there is honestly such a thing as a “good” salad, even “perfect”. The truth about salad is that there’s a method to the madness, and if you get it right, it just might be edible…even for us food lovers. I’m going to break it down for you in several easy steps which will teach you how to make not only a better tasting salad (if that’s even possible), but also a more nutritious and filling one, so you won’t be starving munching on lettuce all day…
1. Cover Your Bases
Make sure that your salad base is something you don’t hate with a passion. A salad base is essentially the stuff you have the most of within that salad… such as lettuce, spinach, kale, cabbage or collards. If you want to play it safe, go with lettuce as the taste is barely noticeable and it’s likely going to be easier for you to consume.
2. Add Something That Resembles A Human Food
In order to feel less like a rabbit eating grass, you should add some crunch or hard items to your salad. Anything from nuts, cucumbers, croutons or even seeds. The crunch will make your salad feel like human food and less like bunny food.
3. Don’t Forget Your Soft Munchies
This is the best part of the salad, because you’re finally adding loved ingredients into it. Anything from cheese, avocado or tomatoes is likely to make your salad taste a lot better, since these tend to be items we enjoy more than that base we spoke of earlier. Keep in mind, if you’re on a diet or watching your calories, certain items will likely have more calories than others, so if you want to be extra healthy skip the cheese and add some tomatoes to it…or even better, add a “healthy” cheese, such as cottage cheese so you really do find some comfort in your plain boring salad.
4. Now Add Real Food
Saving the best for last, we’re adding protein to that salad of ours. We’re humans, we can’t just eat grass all of the time (not even you, vegans). Tofu, chicken, beans, quinoa or even eggs make a great protein addition to your salad which will fill you up, provide you with necessary protein to keep you feeling fuller longer and also help out your muscles.
4.5..ish Typically I’d skip the dressing, because I feel that just adds unnecessary calories, but I understand that you gotta do you, so go ahead. If you want to add some dressing of your choice, do so in moderation.