Even though many people think salads are boring, there are plenty of ways to make a tasty salad that is still healthy. Keeping your salad healthy is the number one key. Adding too many calories in the form of salad dressing and cheese, can make actually make your salad more unhealthy than eating a slice of cake. You want to find a good balance of healthy food ingredients that spice up the flavor of your salad without adding too many calories.
You first have to start with your greens. There are several different types of lettuce that you can choose from to start your salad off with. If you are going to pick iceberg lettuce, make sure that you add another type of lettuce because iceberg has the least nutritional value out of all the different types of lettuce. Some different types of lettuce you can add to your salad are: romaine, bibb, arugula, and baby spinach.
Next, you want to add as many vegetables as you can. Pick any vegetables that you like and add it to your salad. Besides the basic carrots, broccoli, tomatoes and radishes, try other vegetables in your salad such as corn, peas, and zucchini. All the different vegetables will add crunch and different flavors to your salad.
If you really want to get creative, try adding in some fruit into your salad. Try some apples, mandarin oranges, blueberries, raspberries, or pineapple to give your salad a sweet flavor, without adding a lot of calories.
If you are having your salad as a meal by itself, you will most likely want to add some protein to the salad to keep you feeling full longer. Again, there are several different options that you that will keep your salad healthy. Try a piece of grilled chicken. If you want more flavor, try different seasoning rubs on your grilled chicken or add some garlic to your grilled chicken. Other protein sources include, tuna, turkey, and nuts such as almonds. Beans are another great option for adding some protein to your salad. Add some kidney or navy beans for extra flavor. If the salad is going to be dinner, you can even add a portion size of steak that has all the fat trimmed off. Make sure that you keep the portion sizes of the protein in check, because you can add too much protein and pack on the calories.
If you must have cheese on your salad, make sure that you pick a low-fat cheese. Adding too much cheese to your salad will add the calories to the salad and you can get flavor elsewhere besides the fattening cheese. Another option for cheese is grated parmesan cheese, as it will spread throughout the salad even if you only put a little bit of it on. Also, you could try adding in some low-fat cottage cheese for taste too.
Salad dressing is the number one place were a person makes their salad no longer healthy. You absolutely want to avoid creamy dressings such as ranch and Caesar dressing. Try making your own dressings out of extra virgin olive oil and different vinegars. Add in some herbs such as rosemary, dill, and garlic. Even if you use oil to dress your salad, you do not want to drench the salad in salad dressing. Make sure that you put a light drizzle of dressing on the salad or you can dip your fork into your dressing with every bite so that you get dressing in every bite but not that much.
There are plenty of different options when it comes to making a healthy salad, you just have to get creative. Try new things and it may surprise you how much you like raspberries in your salad.