Thursday, January 5, 2012
If you're like us, you may have over-indulged in a few meals and sweet treats over the holidays. Well, we're getting back to our usual routine now and trying to eat healthier.
Salads are a wonderful option to get great nutrients into your diet. You will never see us make a salad with iceberg lettuce. Basically, iceberg lettuce is water, so we tend to use a red leaf lettuce for the base of our salads.
Keep in mind that you can also alter the flavor of your salad with the type of greens that you use. Arugula will give your salad a peppery flavor. Dandelion greens will add a slight bitter flavor. Each green you use has a slightly different flavor.
From there, be adventurous about your salad toppings. Add carrot, tomato, peppers, radishes - whatever is fresh and available.
Don't be afraid to add fruit to your salad. The picture above is red leaf lettuce with diced apples, dried cranberries, walnuts and crumbled blue cheese. We topped it with a raspberry vinaigrette.
One of our favorite salads includes sliced banana, peanuts and wasabi vinaigrette over romaine lettuce.
Also, try new dressings! Don't drown your salad in fattening ranch dressing all the time. We'll admit we enjoy ranch dressing on a salad every now and again, but we like to experiment with new flavors. We'll have some dressing recipes coming up in the future.
Basically, we want you to be healthy and get the nutrients you need. We also want you to have fun with food and try new combinations.