The salad formula: Amazing salads made easy
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Salads are an amazing meal option. They offer a variety of tastes and textures and a mega dose of nutrients. They're also super portable and don't require heating, which makes them a great lunch for work.
Sadly, many people have an irrational hate for the salad. A hate that stems from the unfortunate myth that salads are confined to two to three ingredients, one usually being lettuce, and that they can't ever be enough to fill someone up, and that they're just for diets and therefore a food you don't really want to eat but do occasionally and grudgingly like it's a punishment.
The truth is that salads, with their endless combinations, are a form of culinary art; they require imagination and innovation. And without it, salads are in fact just lettuce with a slice or two of tomato and cucumber, maybe some onion. But don't be scared; it's an artform that can easily be taught. Making balanced salad that serves as a healthy and satisfying meal, like most things in life, comes down to a basic mathematical formula:
whole grain + protein + vegetables + greens + dressing
It's that easy. And have you SEEN the produce section at any grocery store? It's huge! Imagine the possibilities!
Dressings are an essential component of making delicious salads that don't leave you wanting more. And all too often this is the part people put the least effort into, leaning toward oil and vinegar, maybe some mustard...If you're one of those people who is on the fence about salad, it could very likely be that it's your dressing that's keeping you from experiencing true salad love. Step outside of your cupboard and look to your fridge and blender for dressing inspiration. Avocados or nuts make a great creamy base and lemons, tomatoes and even oranges add that wonderful tartness. If you're settling for store-bought dressing because you're nervous about potential dressing disasters in you're bag, rest assured: mason jars, with their powerful seal, make great containers for dressings.
Here is one salad that I made the other day that we're currently quite obsessed with. It left us both nicely full but also feeling energetic - not heavy or tired. And it was so delicious, we were still talking about it two days later and had told almost everyone we knew about it!
Mix together in a small bowl and let it sit for 10-15 minutes. If you're prepping your salad for lunch at work, store these chopped veggies in a container separate from the greens to avoid the dreaded soggy salad.
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