Give Your Wednesday a Salad Makeover

Mar 22, 2016 | lunch, Recipes

Welcome to Spring!

This fan of the cold weather is officially ready for spring – and so is the calendar! And with spring comes fresh veggies, CSAs (that’s community shared agriculture), farm visits and salads. Anyone else not the biggest fan of salads in the winter? Well, number one there’s a reason for this. When we eat cold foods when we’re already cold our body has to warm them up, so to speak. And that’s a lot of energy – but now that warmer weather is around the corner salads are an easy way to get more colour into your life!

… But what to put in them? I mean, there’s only so much you can do with iceberg lettuce. So here are some great ways to spice up your salad!

For starters … salads don’t have to be just vegetables like lettuce, celery, carrots, cucumbers – they can be filled with so much more than that! In fact, one of the easiest ways to easiest ways to change up your salad routine is the addition of more proteins and complex carbohydrates. Check out the suggestions below!

VEGETABLES

Kale (tip – warm it up in the microwave for 20 seconds with a bit of water first!)
Box Choi (warmed first)
Spinach
Lettuce
Arugula
Green Onions
Cherry Tomatoes
Peppers (all the colours!)
Avocado
Cucumber
Roasted Squash
Roasted Sweet Potatoes
Shredded Cabbage
Radishes
Carrots
Beets
Herbs (dill, parsley, cilantro, mint, etc)
Bean Sprouts
Beans (green, yellow, red, black, white)

FRUITS

Strawberries
Raspberries
Blackberries
Pomegranate Seeds
Chopped grapes
Melon
Grapefruit (caution with some medications)
Oranges
Kiwi

PROTEIN

Tuna
Salmon
Chicken
Pork
Beef
Eggs

FATS

Almonds
Cashews
Sesame Seeds
Walnuts
Pumpkin Seeds
EVOO + Balsamic Vinegar as a dressing

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