I love a good salad, but I do have my usual go to salad and sometimes get sick of it. Here are some simple ideas that can make your salad taste amazing without too much hassle. I’m hoping this helps me too!
1. Boiled Eggs
Super easy and one of my favourite additions to a salad! You can keep boiled eggs in the fridge a few days in advance to make it easier.
2. Sautéed Broccoli
I LOVE putting vegetables in a salad! It’s a great way to eat your veggies. Cut your broccoli into small pieces and then sauté them over a medium heat with some olive oil, salt, pepper and chilli flakes (optional).
3. Honey Roasted Carrots
Another great vegetable to add to salads. I love slow roasting my carrots and adding a bit of honey to make them sweet. It’s best to do this with baby carrots; but if you can’t find them, chop your normal carrots into thinner slices. Coat in olive oil, salt, pepper and a bit of honey. Cook for at least 1 hour in a low to medium oven (160C/320F).
4. Nuts & Seeds
Anything you can think of! Sunflower seeds, pepitas, cashews, almonds, pistachios, walnuts, etc.
5. Olives & Capers
Not for everyone, but these are really salty and zingy. Olives are one of my favourite foods! :)
6. Roast Pumpkin
It’s a bit of effort to roast them, but the effort is worth it! I love the combination of roast pumpkin, nuts and cheese in my salads.
Fruit can really make your salad taste amazing, and most fruits taste really great with cheese (feta = yum!). My favourite fruits to put in a salad include strawberries, blueberries, grapes and citrus fruits.
8. Healthy Dressing
Salads ALWAYS taste better with a dressing. This is a simple dressing that tastes good on anything.
- 1 tsp wholegrain mustard
- Squeeze of lemon juice
- 2-3 tbsp olive oil
Put in a container and shake vigorously – the lemon juice and olive oil will emulsify and it will become thicker.
Here is another dressing recipe that is creamy but still healthy.
- 3 tablespoons Greek yoghurt
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
- Salt and pepper
Again, but in a container and shake vigorously.
9. Turn It Into A Salad Bowl
Add some healthy grains such as brown rice and / or quinoa to make it more of a salad bowl. You can buy these in microwaveable packets now to make it really easy.
10. Put It In A Pita
If you need something a bit more substantial, then put it all in a pita or wrap! Super easy.