3 Things That Make Salads Not Suck

One of the hardest things for me when changing my diet was the sober realization that I would be eating a lot more greens and vegetables.

As far as I knew, this meant salads.

My experience until this point classified all salads into one of two categories:

  1. The “not really a salad” salad.  This is the salad I was raised on. Served in a minuscule bowl, always as a side dish… This salad contains a couple pieces of lettuce,  a tomato slice, and a shit load of croutons… And that’s it.No real vegetables at all. Just lettuce, croutons, and a hunk of tomato, covered in a rich dressing.
  2. The “Meat” salad.Again… This salad has lettuce… But that’s about it for the vegetables. The rest is bacon, steak, cheese, grilled chicken, and other delicious stuff like croutons and fried onion crumbles.Your Chef salads, Chicken Caesar salads, and Grilled Steak salads all fall into this category.Again – No real vegetables at all. Just lettuce, meat, and a rich dressing.

Clearly, I would need to rethink salads… And so I did.

Now, I’m regularly eating giant bowls of vegetables and mixed greens, just like a good iguana should… And believe it or not, but I’m loving it.

Here’s 3 things that make salads not suck:

  1. Pepitas and other nuts. Nuts are high in protein  high in fiber, and help lower cholesterol… And add a nic “crunch” to an otherwise boring salad. I like almonds, walnuts, and pepitas. Pepitas are pumpkin seeds… And they rock. 
  2. Sprouts. There are hundreds of kinds of sprouts… Alfalfa sprouts, broccoli sprouts, onion sprouts… All taste slightly different, and all are delicious. Throw some on your next salad – You won’t be disappointed.
  3. Fruit. Obviously, if sugar is an issue for you, you’ll need to go easy here… But an apple, or some grapes, or orange slices or cranberries can really offset the taste of all those greens and turn an ordinary salad into something wonderful.

Of course, if this all sounds a little too healthy for you, you can always juice your greens… Or just smother your “healthy” salad in a ton of rich, delicious, unhealthy, fattening dressing.

I prefer a simple, light oil and vinaigrette.

2 thoughts on “3 Things That Make Salads Not Suck”

  1. The first thing I’ve had to change about my own mind and others as I’ve helped them make healthy changes is you don’t have to live on salads. Roasted veggies, veggie soups and stews, home maid indian food or veggie burritos… all good. Keep it up, E.

  2. A way to make your salads even more tasty is to take veggies like beets, radishes, carrots and the tops of broccoli, shred them (in the food processor to make it fast and easy) and mix it all into your salad.

    By doing this it adds TONS of flavor to each and every bite, instead of having a large piece of broccoli with one bite and a big crunch of radish with another. The flavor is spread out and makes it an even more enjoyable experience.

    Mix in some avocado and you’ve got yourself one tasty, filling meal!

    Keep it up! You are doing great!

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