5 ways to jazz up a boring salad

By Casey O’Dell, Accredited Practising Dietitian

To a lot of people, salad means the old iceberg lettuce, tomatoes and cucumber. At most they might throw in a bit of feta cheese and red onion to give it more flavour, but that’s the extent of the creativity. This type of salad does nothing for me!

I’m going to show you 5 simple ways to create a fun, tasty and nutritious salad so you can get rid of the old boring salad once and for all! 

  1. Change up the greens – try alternative lettuce options, purple cabbage, rocket, baby spinach or my personal favourite – chinese cabbage
  2. Add some crunch – roasted nuts or seeds such as pine nuts, walnuts, flaked almonds, pepitas or sesame. Crunchy noodles give a salad a good crunch also but be cautious to not add to many if you’re trying to keep the salad calorie controlled
  3. Dress it up – think outside the square and experiment with what’s in your fridge. Keep a little jar handy to mix and trial things such as grain mustard, lemon juice, balsamic vinegar, sugar, water (to thin out the flavours). If you are wanting a creamy dressing, try Greek yoghurt. This is a great alternative to mayonnaise or cream with a quarter of the calories
  4. Fill it out – oven roast vegetables such as sweet potato, pumpkin, or beetroot or perhaps dice up an avocado to give the salad some more substance
  5. Add a pop of sweetness – I personally love pomegranate for the seeds or strawberries, dates, blueberries – they may seem like a strange salad addition but also works really well! 

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