No More Boring Salads

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2014-12-19 06:32:01 -0600
Started 2014-08-06 06:16:07 -0500

As many of you know, I love salads, breakfast, lunch and dinner. But even I get tired of them sometimes because I have my go to ingredients and don't mix it up so much. Here is a good article that showcases some professional fitness folks with some great ideas on what to skip and what to add to make our salads fun.

My favorite tips was: "The key is to keep prep time minimal and fun! To make salad prep easier, keep certain staples in Ziploc containers in the fridge so you can mix and match your salad creations in a blink of an eye — Cooked quinoa and hard boiled eggs, grapefruit slices, raw nuts, and individually packed baby carrots, sliced apples, and shredded cabbage. Then pack six spill-proof containers on Sunday, each with a different healthy salad dressing. Each day, grab one at random with your salad and surprise yourself with a yummy dressing at lunch!”

The "Tub-O-Salad" is something I usually do, but this was interesting because it's all split up, offering me changes in my choices.

What things do you do to make your summertime salads refreshing?

40 replies 2014-12-19 06:32:01 -0600 Report

that was my problem.i had to go to a shelter for a while.they had salad salad and more salad, I got seriously burned out,to where I still have a problem getting into them like I used to.

Sly Kitty
Sly Kitty 2014-08-13 14:22:05 -0500 Report

Love salads! For delicious home made dressings find Emily Davidson recipes with Healthy Eating, Naturally. Delicious, healthy and very low calorie.

jayabee52 2014-08-16 14:08:21 -0500 Report

Sly, does low calorie = low carb?

Sly Kitty
Sly Kitty 2014-08-18 15:06:29 -0500 Report

Don't know which recipes you may have seen, but there are no carbs in the dressings I read and in place of oils and fats she recommends ground nuts. If you are referring to avocado being used that is loaded with Omegas and also a veggie.

JoleneAL 2014-08-12 12:34:52 -0500 Report

I have grown to hate salads with lettuce. What we do now is chop up raw veggies, add Italian dressing and mix. I not only get my veggies in, I can add shrimp for a shrimp salad as well. Hubby eats lettuce, so he'll make a bed and add this on top.

Kats49 2014-08-10 15:15:44 -0500 Report

I also do what the article says to do…I spend one day shopping, dicing, and slicing…then portion out the various goodies. I also keep shelled sunflower seed or pepitas raw in the fridge to add to the salads. I use a lot of bok choy, Chinese cabbage, mixed power greens…the darker green the better. I try to make sure I have a rainbow of color in my salads so I get all the nutrition I possibly can per meal. I like the cooked quinoa idea going to incorporate that from now on. I haven't used bottle dressing for years. I use fresh herbs or lemon/lime juice. I also sprout my own peas/beans. Ty for sharing Gabby

Glucerna 2014-08-10 19:31:52 -0500 Report

I love your idea of getting a rainbow of different colors in your salads. Instead of salad dressing I like to add cubed avocado and/or a couple of tablespoons of hummus to the salad. Yummy! ~Lynn @Glucerna

GabbyPA 2014-08-10 17:34:46 -0500 Report

Ah a woman after my own heart. I do my own sprouts as well, love that living food in my foods.

Type1Lou 2014-08-09 17:06:25 -0500 Report

If I have left-over steak or prime rib, the next day, I thinly slice it and put it on a salad, maybe with some blue cheese and marinated artichokes or hearts of palm. I also like to add roasted sunflower seeds to my salads for that little bit of crunch…less carbs than the croutons. In season, adding some fresh berries also gives a salad some flavor and color pizzazz. I'm particularly fond of the Artisan lettuce packages featuring 3 or 4 different lettuce varieties.

haoleboy 2014-08-12 12:44:47 -0500 Report

my local Sprouts has had their 4-head Artisan lettuce on sale lately for 99¢ so I have been enjoying that with tomatoes, sliced mushrooms and sunflower kernels lately … but I have to admit that I have never met a salad that I didn't love. I have been eating at least one salad a day, everyday for over two years now.

Type1Lou 2014-08-12 15:15:38 -0500 Report

I'm making a mac/cheese ham/snowpea casserole for my husband tonight but for dinner I'm going to have the ham on a salad of artisan greens, cherry tomatoes, small cucumbers, Florida avocado, roasted sunflower seeds and artichoke hearts with maybe some feta cheese on top. I'm with you on the salads…they are healthy filling and I have them frequently as my meal.

elizag1 2014-08-08 10:18:53 -0500 Report

I buy spinach and wash it and remove the leaves and put it in a container to use later too.. great ideas Gabby..

Glucerna 2014-08-07 17:05:29 -0500 Report

Thanks for sharing these great ideas. I really like the tip to use one spoonful of dressing and dilute it with balsamic vinegar. Has anyone tried this? ~Lynn @Glucerna

Sarri 2014-08-07 04:08:39 -0500 Report

Salad can get boring if it's the same old, same old. I add barbecued chicken one day, apples & walnuts the next. tuna another day. Variety is the spice of life!

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2014-08-07 02:17:31 -0500 Report

I have started adding a little fresh fruit to my veggie salads. Especially berries, also quinoa, nuts, and granola. I also add oat bran to my dressing.

Sweeties mom
Sweeties mom 2014-08-06 20:50:25 -0500 Report

I too am a huge fan of salads. I also love quinoa, while my husband is not. So, now I can make some quinoa and keep it in the fridge for salads! Thanks so much for the website!

Pegsy 2014-08-06 16:53:11 -0500 Report

Thanks for posting Gabby! I love the Tub-O-Salad idea. I don't care to spend much time in the kitchen so making ahead and storing in a bowl will really work for me.

GabbyPA 2014-08-07 05:29:02 -0500 Report

Yeah, that was my issue. I like lots of different things in my salads, so getting all that stuff out every time was not very productive. So early in the morning, I will make a big tub-o-salad and it will last me 4-5 days.

TLTanner 2014-08-06 16:27:28 -0500 Report

Ok, so this post made me run take a look at the recipes here to see if there was one for a Tomato and Corn Salad. Since there wasn't, I just added it to the Salads recipes. :-) It's more of a summertime dish than a winter one, although, I suppose you could cook the corn in the winter and serve it warm. Anyway, thanks for the post, Gabby, it gave me new ideas on salads too.

Sly Kitty
Sly Kitty 2014-08-14 11:50:18 -0500 Report

I too make a corn and tomato salad. The possiblities are endless!

TLTanner 2014-08-16 13:33:19 -0500 Report

Is yours like the one I posted in the recipes section? I love to hear new ideas and try new things, so I would love to hear what all is in yours! :-)

Sly Kitty
Sly Kitty 2014-08-18 15:17:59 -0500 Report

I have made that, but never have used raw corn. I have always grilled the corn first and then cut if off the cob. I do like raw corn however. I have also added fresh herbs like oregano and even a little watercress, only because I love watercress. Thanx for sharing this recipe.

Copperchef 2014-08-06 14:46:31 -0500 Report

Hi Gabby, great post! I too love my salads. Boredom is a problem. I try to spice them up buy using roasted veggies and sauteed mushrooms. I love to use Portabello's, their meaty texture is a great meat replacement. I live about 20 miles from an organic mushroom farm.
I also spend the time to look up and make my own salad dressings and mayonnaise because I can control the types of oils I use and make them really healthy. With all the different types of vinegars,oils and mustard's, you can really make some tasty dressings. Here is a really healthy and tasty creamy dressing, courtesy of the food network.
Juice of 1 lemon
2 tablespoons olive oil/grape seed oil
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 to 2 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
1 cup plain yogurt (as pure as possible, without stabilizers, pectin, etc, try organic)

I use a pint canning jar, add all ingredients and shake vigorously to combine and refrigerate at least 20 minutes to allow the flavors to combine.

jayabee52 2014-08-06 17:26:38 -0500 Report

Have you posted this to the recipes section?
It would be good if you did since the recipes posted here have a tendency to get lost among all the other discussions.

Anonymous 2014-08-06 09:13:20 -0500 Report

For a funny comment, Hidden Valley says the secret is the dressing but hidden fats and added calories though delicious also hinder why many are eating salads in the first place. I like the light version the best and salad can be fun and a quick appetizer or main dish if that's what a person is wanting.. Thank you for sharing this was a good read.

evaziem 2014-08-06 08:32:27 -0500 Report

I eliminated all plastic containers. I use glass and lunch paper bags to store things in the fridges and freezer.

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