50 salad topping ideas

50 salad topping ideas

So, I have posted a few of my favorite salads here on the blog. Like this pecan crusted chicken salad and this grilled chicken salad. I seriously love main dish salads. Not only are they good for you, but they are so easy to throw together–just use whatever you have in your fridge or pantry.


Now that it’s summer, salads are the perfect dinner because they are light and refreshing and you don’t have to turn on the stove and heat up your house. I have put together a list of my favorite salad topping/ingredient ideas for you to help you take your salads from boring to FABULOUS! Play around with these and find a new favorite meal.



I tried to keep this list as healthy as possible. I didn’t add croutons, but that doesn’t mean you can’t add them to your salad if you want. If you want to make a healthy salad watch the toppings you add, croutons, candied nuts, bacon bits and cheese might not be the best options.

If you don’t think your child will eat salad for dinner, try these tricks:

1. Take them grocery shopping with you, let them pick out the produce they would like to try on their salad.

2. Let them watch you chop the ingredients and if they’re old enough let them help out! They can help wash the veggies and plop the cut up stuff in a bowl.

3. My kids will devour salad if I put a little dressing on the side so they can dip everything.

4. Try serving the salad buffet style. Let them choose what they want to put on their own salad, if they are preparing their own they might be adventurous enough to try something new. Maybe. **Crossing my fingers**

5. Don’t give up. They might not try it the first time, second time, or even the tenth time, but keep offering it and let them see you eat it!

 

 

50 salad topping/ingredient ideas

Start with your greens (choose one or mix a few):

Spinach

Romaine

arugula

spring mix lettuce

kale

red or green leaf lettuce

butter lettuce

watercress

 

 

Pile on the veggies:

red cabbage

chopped tomatoes

grape or cherry tomatoes

sun dried tomatoes

cucumber (with or without the peel)

mushrooms

carrots

bell peppers

avocado

beets

radishes

peas

celery

olives

cooked asparagus

broccoli

cauliflower

 

Choose a lean protein (say no to battered and fried!):

edamame

quinoa

kidney beans

black beans

garbanzo beans (chick peas)

grilled chicken

rotisserie chicken

turkey

grilled steak

taco seasoned ground turkey

tuna

smoked salmon

hard boiled eggs

tofu

cottage cheese

 

 

Don’t leave the fruit out:

raspberries

blueberries

strawberries

raisins

dried cranberries

chopped apples

pears

grapes

pomegranate seeds

 

 

Add something with a crunch:

water chestnuts

jicama

sunflower seeds

pepitas (pumpkin seeds)

walnuts

pecans

sliced almonds

 

 

Add your favorite dressing:

Try out this homemade vinaigrette.

basic vinaigrette dressing

Or this honey mustard dressing:

homemade honey mustard dressing


 

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