Generally, salads are prepared by mixing lettuce or mixed greens (arugula, kale, spinach, etc) with some toppings of your choice and a dressing. You can add a variety of possible foods to your healthy salad, so let’s figure out which salad toppings are the healthiest! 🥗
- Chopped Raw Vegetables
Carrots, onions, cucumbers, celery, mushrooms, and broccoli finely chopped are the perfect toppings for your heathly salad! They are packed with fiber, plant compounds, and much more health benefits!
- Nuts and Seeds 🥜
Pistachios, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, almonds, peanuts and chia seeds are really nutritious! Opt for nuts and seeds without any added salt, sugar or preservatives.
- Dried Fruit
Cranberries, apricots, mango or raisins are delicious in salads and will bring you a lot of vitamins A and fiber. Look for dried fruits with not any other ingredient added.
- Whole Grains
Brown rice, quinoa, farro, and barley will allow you to add texture and flavor to your salad. Whole grains will help you avoid cravings during the day and be satisfied after eating.
- Beans and Legumes
- Fresh Fruit 🍐🍊🍓
- Shredded Hard Cheeses
Cheddar, Gouda, parmesan, and manchego will add flavor to your salads and are also nutritious. Parmesan provides important nutrients for bone health and blood clotting.
- Roasted Vegetables
- Hard-Boiled Eggs
- Fresh Herbs
The best fresh herbs for your salads are basil, mint, rosemary, parsley, sage, and cilantro.
- Leftover Meat
Meat is charged with vitamins, minerals and high-quality protein that will make you feel full and satisfied.
Salmon, cod, halibut, shrimp, lobster, and sardines are incredibly rich in protein, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals. Seafood can boost heart health and brain function.
- Soft Cheeses
Fresh mozzarella, feta, ricotta, goat, bleu and burrata are excellent salad toppings, providing protein, calcium and other important micronutrients.
- Corn and Salsa
- Tofu and Edamame
An excellent source of protein for vegans and vegetarians.
Adding toppings to your salads may help you to boost your nutrition while adding flavor to these mixed greens. 🥗