Healthy Diet Plan: Making Salads Interesting

Filed Under: Recipes, Salads
Last Reviewed 07/30/2014

We all know that salads are an essential part to any healthy diet plan. But let’s face it, the boring staples—lettuce, cucumbers, and tomatoes—will only pique your taste buds for so long. Instead, try experimenting by making salads “mix and match” style.


Interesting and Unique Ways to Make Salad Part of Your Healthy Diet Plan

First, start with one these:


  • Romaine lettuce
  • Spinach
  • Mixed greens

Add three or more of these:


  • Lightly steamed peapods
  • Diced red, yellow, or green pepper
  • Sliced carrots
  • Cucumber slices
  • A sprinkle of cooked corn kernels or peas
  • Mushrooms
  • Chopped Vidalia or green onions
  • Artichoke hearts
  • Black olives
  • Radishes
  • A sprinkle of sunflower seeds or almonds
  • A small handful of dried cranberries
  • Chopped green apple
  • Chickpeas
  • Avocado slices
  • Tangerine slices
  • Diced mango
  • Sliced strawberries

Add one of these:


  • Fresh caught cooked salmon
  • Low-mercury tuna
  • Diced baked chicken or roasted turkey
  • Steamed shrimp

Top with one of these:


  • Olive oil and vinegar
  • Light salad dressing
  • Salsa
  • Easy Vinaigrette: Combine 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar, ¼ teaspoon low sodium seasoned salt (makes 4 servings). You can also stir in parsley, basil, garlic, or other herbs—don’t be afraid to get creative.

Now it’s your turn: How do you incorporate this healthy diet plan staple into your meals?


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