If you’re like me, you might find yourself on a salad-kick after the weekend— especially when one’s weekend includes an overload of holiday party food and some extra trips to the Christmas cookie jar. Don’t make yourself feel guilty for it! Instead, take Monday to regroup and get back on track to eating more healthfully. For me, that means adding one or more salads to my weekday menu. I’ve outlined my easy salad strategy into 5 Steps to Building a Better Salad, with the most important being limiting the dressing [in my opinion].
Salads are definitely a way to go to increase your fruit, vegetable and grain intake but there’s one area of caution when it comes to building a better salad: THE DRESSING! It’s a lot easier than you might think to make your own dressing at home. The benefit? You control the ingredients— limiting unwanted fat, sugar, or salt.
The bottom line? Salads are fresh, full of nutrients, and highly economical when you make then with ingredients that are in-season. My favorite in-season ingredients right now are pomegranate seeds and green apples. Mixed with some leftover chicken, cheddar cheese, and walnuts, and baby you have yourself a meal!
How about you? What are some of your favorite salad recipes or flavor combinations for an easy weekday meal?