Build a better salad! 5 super-easy steps
Topping ideas and tips galore
A healthy and tasty green salad is a snap to make — no recipe required.
All you need is a bowl of fresh, tender greens from your local grocer or farmer’s market. And from there, let a little creativity and your taste buds be your guide.
What you choose to add gives your salad the color, crunch and flavor that makes it an amazing appetizer — or a magnificent meal in itself.
Salad up like a chef
Light and luscious? Colorful and crunchy? Satisfying and sweet? Use this flexible formula to put together a salad that’s all your own and brimming with goodness.
Begin with a mix of leafy greens
You can’t go wrong with greens — but darker generally means more nutrients. Good choices include red leaf lettuce, arugula, romaine and spinach. Thin slices of radicchio can add color and crunch.
Add a variety of colorful veggies
Different colors bring different nutrients. So mix smooth slices of dark red beets and orange-red tomatoes with chunky florets of green broccoli and white cauliflower. Shredded red onion provides a crisp tang — while corn brings the sweet taste of summer.
Flavor with fruit
It’s not a must — but you can also give your salad a sweet touch. Dot your creation with cherries, grapes, strawberries, dried cranberries or pomegranate seeds.
Fruit and cheese play wonderfully together. Add a little crumbled low-fat feta or blue cheese to enjoy this pleasing pairing.
Make it a meal
Pump up the protein for a nourishing main dish. Toss in some skinless chicken, sliced boiled egg, low-fat cottage cheese, cubed fat-free mozzarella, tofu or canned tuna.* Or add black beans, chickpeas or kidney beans for substance and protein. Whole grains, such as barley, quinoa and wild rice, make great and hearty additions too.
Go easy on the dressing. Drizzle it over your salad to add flavor while letting the other ingredients shine through. A tablespoon or two per serving is plenty.
Almost every salad is improved with added crunch. Sprinkle on unsalted walnuts, almonds, pistachios or soy nuts. Toast them first for extra flavor.
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