If you are a fitness enthusiast then salads must be a part of your diet. They are simple, delicious, and healthy.
Just mix some healthy ingredients together, toss them up with your favorite dressing and voila, a nice, scrumptious and great looking meal is ready for demolition.
But did you know that several things can go wrong also while making a salad?
Excess or lack of dressing, plastic-y cheese and, croutons as hard as cardboards can turn your amazing experience into a nasty one.
But you need not worry as in this post we’ll have a look at some great tips for making a salad so that it is fresh, healthy and delicious.
Wash and dry your greens properly
Whether you buy the bagged greens or the full head kinds, a proper washing with cold water and drying using a salad spinner is necessary. This makes sure that the dirt and pesticides wear off and the dressing doesn’t stick to the greens.
Don’t use too much dressing
If you are a salad lover then you must be knowing how delicate salad greens are sometimes and weighing them down with too much dressing can kill their freshness. Here the less is more and a pro tip for doing the same goes like this.
Before dressing your greens, toss them in a little bit of pepper and salt in the salad bowl which adds a nice flavor and can also help you to cut back on dressing a bit.
Then instead of adding dressing directly on the top of greens, add it on the sides of the bowl and gently toss the greens using your hands so that they pick just the right amount of dressing. Taste it and adjust accordingly before throwing the rest of the stuff and tossing.
Dress when you’re ready
If you are packing your salad to have it later then the most important thing to keep in mind is, do not add dressing until you’re fully ready to eat. Whether you’re using a creamy dressing or a vinaigrette, any dressing can wilt your greens very quickly.
But if you pack your dressing separately you can dress your greens using the method explained above. There’s no need to keep the greens separate from other ingredients, just dress them together and you’ll be fine.
Chicken breasts, not the only add-on!
As chicken breast is low in fat and high in protein, it’s the first choice of health conscious folks while preparing their salad but you can consider other options too. Eggs, tofu, beans, roasted chickpeas also serve as great add-ons to any salad and they taste great.
Oh why I didn’t think of this!
Ripe tomatoes and crunchy cucumbers add great texture, nutrients and flavor to a salad but there are options beyond these too. If you have leftover, grilled, roasted or steamed veggies, don’t hesitate to throw them in.
They can add a richer flavor, different texture and are packed with several nutrients.
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It tastes great but your heart thinks differently
Cheese is undoubtedly a great way to add a salty twist to a salad, and also make it a bit more satisfying, thanks to the added protein and fat but excess of it can make your salad high in saturated fat which is as you very well know, harmful for your heart.
Add cheese in limited quantities so that the saturated fats can be kept to bare minimum.
Go less Creamy
If you are a lover of creamy, thick dressings like blue cheese, ranch or thousand island, you need to keep in mind that they contain high amounts of saturated fat and sodium (not good for someone with high blood pressure).
Instead you can go for a tangy vinaigrette with one part acid and two parts olive oil plus whatever spices, chopped herbs or flavorings you like.
Store bought Croutons, a big no-no!
As store bought croutons are made with processed white flour, they do not contain the healthy fiber our bodies need. Instead a smarter choice would be to make croutons at home using whole-grain bread by tossing them with some olive oil, salt, minced garlic and pepper.
Don’t let too much extras spoil the party
Extras like seeds, nuts and dry fruits can add tons of nutrients and flavors but they’re also very high in calories that’s why it is extremely important to keep the portions of extras in mind.
However a good rule of thumb is to stick to about a tablespoon of add-ons to make your salad more amazing without adding the extras in excess.
So when are you preparing your next salad and how?
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All the best, be awesome!