Spice up your salad!

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I like salads but they can get a little boring, especially when I make them at home.  I can never make them as good as restaurant’s but I do try.   Here are some things I have tried lately to spice up my salad!

 

1) Homemade croutons – I cut up a loaf of 100% whole wheat flax bread.  Dice them in little cubes and dress with about 1/3 cup of olive or canola oil.  Add pepper, garlic, parmesan cheese and a dash of salt.  Lay them out on a baking sheet.  If you don’t want to use that much oil you can also use cooking spray.  Be careful – it is easy to eat them as a snack because they are so yummy!

 

2) Cut-up veggies – Try some new veggies.  I love red peppers but don’t buy them regularly.  I diced up a red peppers, onions, jalapenos and some cilantro.  Put them in containers and then I can use as toppings for my salad and also other entrees such as tacos, hamburgers and more! Also don’t forget about jicama – love it in salads! Info about jicama – past DD

 

3) Make your own dressing!  Dressings can become very boring so why not make your own!  Dressing are very simple and you can throw just about anything in them to make them sensational.   Here is a simple recipe that can be altered. 

Sweet & Spicy Dressing

2 tbsp rice vinegar; 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper; 1 tbsp sugar; 2 tsp dijon mustard; 2 tbsp olive oil

Blend all ingredients together. 

Try a frother to blend your ingredients together!  Works wonderful!

frother

Frother at Kohls

 

4) Go Green!  Go for those dark leafy greens and get the most bang out of your “nutrition” buck! 

 

greens

In just one serving you will get 130% of your daily vitamin A; 50% vitamin C; 6% calcium and 15% iron!  For only 15 calories and 1 gram of fiber!  WoW!  If you are tentative about going all green then blend it!  Go half iceberg and half dark leafy greens.  Remember in order to absorb all the nutrients in dark leafy greens, you do need a little fat to absorb the nutrients.  So don’t be afraid to use the heart healthy oils such as olive and canola oils!

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