Personally, I love salads. Okay, I know that might make me a little weird… but they do have a lot of perks:
- super refreshing
- quick to make (I’m talking 10 minutes tops)
- easy to transport
- and good for you! (yay!)
But even a veggie-lover like me gets sick of the boring lettuce-spinach-tomato-cheese-cucumber-dressing mix every single day. We all need something new in our lives once in a while!
So here’s just a few salads that are guaranteed to spice up your daily routine,taste great, and (yay!) will still give you the greens and nutrients you need.
Shrimp Salad: lettuce, 1 cup coleslaw mix, 1 cup cooked shrimp (I like to season the shrimp with garlic, honey, cayenne pepper, and ground cumin), 1/2 cup green apple slices/chunks, 3 tbs low-fat plain Greek yogurt mixed with 1/4 cup chopped cilantro, 1 tbs honey sprinkled on top!
Bacon & Egg Spinach Salad: spinach, lettuce, 1-2 hard boiled eggs (sliced with salt & pepper for flavor), 2 slices bacon (cooked & crispy! or bacon bits if you prefer those and want less work), 1/2 cup apple slices/chunks, 1/4 cup wontons, 1/4 cup sliced green pepper, 1 tsp pepper for taste, 3 tbs Spinach Salad Dressing (Marzetti is a great brand!)
Caprese Salad: 1-2 tomatoes (sliced thin), 1 cup basil leaves, 1/2 block Mozzarella cheese (sliced thin). Assemble and pour balsamic vinaigrette on top!
Veggie Power Punch Salad: lettuce, kale, spinach, cucumber slices, 1 cooked chicken breast (I love to cook mine in lemon pepper seasoning for a great taste!), 1/2 red pepper pieces, 1/2 yellow pepper pieces, 1/2 cup sliced strawberries, 1/4 cup wontons, 1 tsp. red pepper, 2 tbs. garden vegetable Feta cheese, 3 tbs. balsamic or Italian vinaigrette.
Ahi Tuna Salad: lettuce, spinach, seared tuna (you can substitute seared salmon as well!), 1 hard boiled egg, pineapple slices, mango slices, dressing of your choice!
Poppyseed Chicken Salad: lettuce, spinach, 1 cooked & shredded chicken breast (you can cook however you prefer! I like to cook in the skillet with spices and slice), 1/2 orange pepper pieces, 1/2 red pepper pieces, 1 cup sliced strawberries, 1/4 cup walnuts or almond pieces, 3 tbs. poppyseed dressing!