Salads are a great food selection when being mindful of your health and nurtition goals. They are even more of an ideal healthy choice when we leave the dressing on the side and do not include too many "goodies" within. For most, at times, salads can sometimes get... well, boring. If this sounds like you then take a look below at my three favorite things to add to salads, to give them a little more flavor and a little more variety.
1. Herbs are a favorite for adding to my salads. For me, I especially like, mint or basil. Take a few leaves and sprinkle them throughout the salad. You will notice a pop of flavor that you wouldn't otherwise get with your regular lettuce salad.
2. One fat. What do I mean by fat? For me, my favorites are nuts such as silvered almonds or one tablespoon of crumbled feta. Both of these items can be sprinkled within the salad to give you a tasty bite each time. If you add chunks of cheese or whole nuts you won't cover as much area of the salad. And it's all about covering the surface area to add a few more flavorful bites.
3. Flavored balsamic vinegar. Not only is this an incredibly tasty add to your salad, it is also a healthier selection that replaces traditional salad dressing. A tablespoon is equivalent to about 15 calories. I specifically like raspberry balsamic vinegar, as it is naturally flavored, organic and incredibly tasty.
I recommend that you play around with these three items to really spice up your salads. Let me know how they work out in the comments below.