It’s National Salad Month, and we’ve got greens on our minds! We’re a big fan of salad over here, but don’t be fooled: if you’re thinking of those boring side salads with iceberg lettuce and a few stale tomatoes, you’re in for a treat. This week on the Vibrant Health blog, we’re sharing five ways to give your salads a makeover — taking them from blah to zesty in no time.
5 Ways to Spice Up Your Greens for National Salad Month
1. Focus on Colorful, In-Season Produce
2. Get Creative with Protein Options
3. Make Your Own Vibrant Salad Dressing
4. Add Texture with Nuts & Seeds
5. Shake it Up in a Jar
Focus on Colorful, In-Season Produce
One way to add some life back to your salad is by adding more color! Aim to include as many colors from the rainbow as possible, as they are not only colorful produce items beautiful but also rich in nutrients.
Your best bet is to focus on seasonal produce items, which you can scoop up at your local grocery store or farmer’s market. Here’s a peek at what’s in season this spring and summer! And if you usually stick to pre-packaged iceberg blends, opt for a variety of greens like arugula, spinach, and kale to change it up.
Get Creative with Protein Options
If your salad is leaving you unsatisfied and hungry, it’s your sign you may want to add more protein. Get creative with your protein options, topping your greens with seasoned grilled chicken, shrimp, or salmon. If you’re a vegetarian, chopped egg, garbanzo, or black beans and quinoa are great choices for a delicious protein boost.
Make Your Own Vibrant Salad Dressing
Tired of the same old store-bought dressing — filled with unnecessary added ingredients and artificial colors? We don’t blame you! Mix it up by making your own dressing from scratch.
Add Texture with Nuts & Seeds
Add some texture to your salad by incorporating a variety of nuts and seeds! Not only will they add a satisfying crunch, but nuts are a heart-healthy diet staple (with studies linking consumption to reduced risk of cardiovascular disease).
Include your favorite nuts and seeds — such as chopped walnuts, almonds, hemp seeds, chia seeds, pecans, and pumpkin seeds — for a yummy health boost. Go nuts!
Shake it Up in a Jar
Always eat your greens in a bowl or take-out container? Shake it up (literally) by mixing up your salad in a mason jar. Whether you’re working from home or out and about, it’s super convenient to grab and go for a quick and easy lunch, as all the ingredients are prepped ahead of time.
Here are 6 Mason Jar Salad combinations to try this season — with fun flavors ranging from Greek to Burrito Bowl!
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