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Sunday, 12 January 2020

Super Salads - Some Tips for Building A Better Salad

Salads make a nutritious and satisfying meal, whether it’s for lunch or dinner. The best part is that no two salads are exactly the same. There are limitless ways to make salad unique and flavourful. Get some tips for what to add to your next salad below!

Choose Your Base


Choose your favourite green as your base. There are a variety of greens to choose from, including romaine, spring mix, spinach, kale, rocket (arugula), cabbage, and iceberg lettuce.

Layer on the Vegetables


Chop up your favourite veggies, you can choose from tomatoes, onions, mushrooms, beets, carrots, peppers and radishes to get a great crunch and bite. Go the extra mile with additions like avocado, cucumbers, and broccoli. Who says salads are boring? Mix it up and you will never have a dull moment with your salads!

Make it Sweet


You can make your salad sweet or savoury, depending on the ingredients and dressings. To make a sweet salad, which is fun at any time of year, add sliced pears, green apples, strawberries, or dried cranberries.

Make it Savoury


You can make your salad savoury by adding a variety of nuts: Try slivered almonds, chopped walnuts, and whole pecans to give your salad a great crunch.

Choose Your Dressing Wisely



Everyone now knows it’s important how you dress your salad. Try making your own homemade dressing with the recipe below!
  • Use a 3 to 1 ratio of oil versus vinegar. As a substitute for vinegar, you can use balsamic, red wine, apple cider, or sherry vinegar, or lemon juice. 
  • Add in chopped herbs, minced garlic, a dash Himalayan or Pink sea salt. 
  • Store your creation in a glass jar with a tight lid in the refrigerator.

Some salad recipes to try:
Spinach Strawberry Salad, a refreshing spinach salad topped with sweet strawberries, green onions, and toasted sesame seeds - more details here 

South-western Chicken Salad, made with chicken, black bean, corn, green and red bell peppers - more details here 

Arugula/Rocket Salad, made with cherry tomatoes and shaved Parmesan cheese tossed with arugula (rocket) in a lemony dressing - more details here 

Courgette / Zucchini Walnut Salad, this is a very green low-carb salad that goes great as a side dish to meat or fish. Alternatively serve by itself together with cold cuts, boiled eggs, smoked salmon, canned tuna fish or mackerel - more details here 

Avocado, Bacon and Blueberry Salad, a tasty salad that's super quick to make. Packed with creamy avocado, peppery rocket (arugula) and smokey bacon topped with a delicious fruity dressing - more details here 

Triple Berry Salad is so colourful and absolutely delicious - more details here

If you need help with weight/measurement conversion this may help here
From an idea and original article here




A variety of articles and recipe ideas are within this blog. Please note, not all may be suitable for you. If you may have any food allergies, or underlying health issues these must always be taken into account. If you are a diabetic and not sure how certain foods may affect your blood sugars, test is best, i.e. use your meter.

All the best Jan

34 comments:

Sandi said...

Mmm...I am about to make a salad.

Dewena said...

These all look and sound wonderful! One of my favorites to add to other lettuces is frisee. Or I think it's also called curled endive.

Lowcarb team member said...

Dewena said...
These all look and sound wonderful! One of my favorites to add to other lettuces is frisee. Or I think it's also called curled endive.

Hello Dewena, many thanks for your comment.

Yes, curly endive, (which I enjoy) also sometimes called frisee or chicory, is a bitter dark leafy green used in salads and other dishes. Like other endives, the curly one has a characteristically sharp, bitter flavour which greatly enhances the flavour of green salads, although some may find it distasteful.

The characteristic lacy, ruffled greens also add interesting visual contrast to salads, as well as a fair amount of nutrition. This green is high in folate, fibre, and vitamins A and K, making it a great addition to any diet, especially for pregnant women.

More to read here
https://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-curly-endive.htm

All the best Jan

Tom said...

...there are so many choices!

Thickethouse.wordpress said...

Salads are my favorite! Along with soup. Salad can had various fish or cheese and meat added to make them a complete meal.

Sondra said...

I can't think of anything I enjoy more than a fresh salad full of nice raw veggies. I would love to try all your tips and suggestions!

Chatty Crone said...

Love to add those beans to the top of the salad....

VENTANA DE FOTO said...

Siempre acompaño la carne, con una buena ensalada. A la carne le va muy bien un poco de verduras para acompañar.

Besos

Sue said...

I do love a salad, and Neil makes the best coleslaw. Have a great week, Sue xx

Lowcarb team member said...

VENTANA DE FOTO said...
Siempre acompaño la carne, con una buena ensalada. A la carne le va muy bien un poco de verduras para acompañar.

Besos

Google literal translate:
I always accompany the meat, with a good salad. Meat is doing very well a little vegetables to go with.

Kisses

Valerie-Jael said...

Delicious ideas! Valerie

Elephant's Child said...

Yum.

CJ Kennedy said...

Tthanks for the recipes

Christine said...

Thanks for these lovely tips!

Rose said...

A salad is almost always so good...my boss used to make a salad dressing I loved, but years later I asked her for the recipe and she could not remember what I was talking about. It was one when I saw it I did not think I would like but used it to be polite and I was hooked on it. Not saying it was healthy though.

My name is Erika. said...

Oh a nice salad with strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and blackberries would taste so good right now. Guess tomorrow I need to visit the grocery store. Happy new week.

Lorrie said...

We do love salads here. I especially like adding a bit of sliced apple or grated carrot/beetroot to a lettuce base. Blue cheese is my favourite dressing for a hearty meal-type salad, and a vinaigrette for a side salad. Yummy tips!

Margaret-whiteangel said...

Great ideas for salads, one can go on for a long time with different combinations.
We are at this point heavily into salads.

Iris Flavia said...

I´ll keep this in mind for summer, now it´s just too cold for cold food for my liking...

Bob Bushell said...

That is a beautiful salad, love the way you added the mint, superb.

Debbie said...

i think we all enjoy and eat salad a lot more now than we use to. 2 of my favorites on salads are pears and nuts. it has to have nuts!!!

Jan/JFM said...

Another informative posting that made me hungry 💮

Conniecrafter said...

I do love my salads, that is the best way for me to get my veggies :)

mamasmercantile said...

I am a great fan of salad but prefer them when it is a little warmer.

Divers and Sundry said...

An encouragement to vary my salads is exactly what I need. Thanks! Some of those ideas will definitely get added to my rotation :) Strawberries, yummm

carol l mckenna said...

Lots of yummy looking salads ~ ^_^

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Jeanie said...

I love a good salad and my favorites always have nuts and maybe berries. Lots of good ideas here!

Fun60 said...

Mmm so many goodies to choose from, my mouth is watering.

Little Wandering Wren said...

I agree, salads are never boring, especially with your great tips! I could eat these each and every day!
Wren x

pam nash said...

Another thing that makes a good salad that I do is to walk out to my herb garden and pick a handful of different herbs, roughly chop, and toss them in as well. They add all sorts of different bits of flavor.

https://linsartyblobs.blogspot.com said...

Salads are nice and refreshing

Martha said...

I always enjoy a nice salad!

Nausheen said...

A customized Salad!? That is a great idea to get into salads. Thank you for sharing!

William Kendall said...

Good ideas!