How to Make a Salad at Home

Are you tired of spending tons of money at your favorite salad spot every time you’re craving a good salad? Do you feel like the salads you make at home just can’t compare? There is an epidemic I feel like no one is talking about: no one seems to know how to make a salad at home they actually enjoy! It’s crucial that you learn how to make a salad at home that you actually CRAVE!

Honestly, salads at home are such a quick and easy balanced dinner idea that we love in my household. And maybe this is a hot take, but making salads at home is such an enjoyable process too. It’s fun to chop up veggies and other ingredients to make a colorful creation that is also delicious!

Also, the thought of going out and spending an arm and a leg for a good salad every time I crave one makes me want to gag…

But good news! I have a super simple formula for how to make a salad at home. And if you’re reading this, that’s probably what you’ve come here to learn! 😉

So here it is:

  • Base:
    • The base is made up of your favorite mixed greens. Think butter lettuce, spring mix, power greens, whatever you like!
    • You’re also going to add other veggies that you like to your base. Some of my favorites are cucumber, little tomatoes, and red onion. These are important to create a satisfying texture as well. 
  • Add-ins
    • These are so important for flavor and more fiber. So don’t overlook this step! I like to add pickled/marinated veggies. I get a jar of “salad mix” which is artichoke hearts, hearts of palm, and peppers. 
    • Fresh herbs take the flavor of a salad to a whole new level!
    • A flavorful cheese like feta or goat cheese is a must too!
    • Lastly, I recommend adding something with a little crunch. Try dry roasted chickpeas, edamame, pumpkin seeds, or nuts. This creates more texture which is key to creating any satisfying meal.
  • Dressing:
    • I really feel like a quick homemade vinaigrette changed my homemade salad game for the better. I just do 1-2 tablespoons olive oil, 1-2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, or red wine vinegar depending on my mood, salt and pepper, and some Greek or Italian seasoning. Viola! A quick and tasty homemade dressing without the extra fluff!
  • Protein:
    • Any really well-seasoned protein is going to make your salad tasty and satisfying. This ingredient is also important to make your salad FILLING!
    • Feel free to think outside the box and go for proteins such as shrimp or tofu, but chicken, steak, deli meat, or salmon work just fine too!
  • Starch:
    • Starch is another key ingredient to make your salad filling and satisfying.
    • Some good starch options are air-fried potatoes, quinoa, rice, beans, or even protein pasta. You could even do some whole grain toasted pita bread on the side. Yum!

That’s it! Throw it all together and you’ve got a quick and easy meal that’s going to be packed with so many nutrients! Even better, it’s going to be keep you full and satisfied throughout the day! You can’t go wrong there 😊

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