Salads are one of those meals that have gotten a bad reputation as being a “diet” food – aka food that is low calorie, doesn’t taste great, and isn’t very filling. I am here to stop that way of thinking!
I love salads because they’re generally easy to make, they allow me to get creative with all sorts of fun flavors, and they have the ability to be super nutritious and satisfying when done right.
Below is my formula for making nutritious + satisfying salads!
Step one: Choose a Base
Step two: Choose your veggies (2-4)
Step three: Choose a carbohydrate
Roasted sweet potato
Roasted butternut squash
Chickpeas or lentils
Step four: Choose a protein
Chicken or turkey
Tempeh or tofu
Step five: Add a fat
Sunflower or pumpkin seeds
Crumbled goat cheese
Step 6: Dress it up!
Optional Flavor Boosters
Fresh herbs like cilantro, basil, parsley, mint, dill
Fruit like citrus slices, apple, pears, peaches, berries, pomegranate seeds
What are some of your favorite salad toppings? Let me know in the comments below!