I’ve needed some new inspiration when it comes to salads. How to you keep eating salads interesting? Mix them up!
I was traveling a few month’s ago and stopped at CIBO Express at O’Hare. I love stopping there as they always have a ton of healthy options. There, I got an insanely delicious salad. It was mixed greens topped with roasted sweet potato, blue cheese, pecans, dried cranberries, and turkey with a champagne vinaigrette. It was so flavorful, filling and comforting because it tasted like Thanksgiving.
This led me to think about how I could build more creative and filling salads rather just than vegetables or my “go to” taco salad.
Here are two that I’ve made lately:
I had a sweet potato with cinnamon. Then I had a salad of spinach, tri color peppers, onion, tomato, mushrooms, carrot shreds, sunflower seeds and a combination of blue and cheddar cheese. Here’s the deal. you don’t need much cheese to add a lot of flavor if you use a flavorful cheese. Then I chopped up a chicken burger and put it on top. It was so delicious!
Another salad I made was a giant pile of delicious. I used spinach and mixed green, cucumber, carrot, tomato and mushrooms. Then I topped it with a combination of Kerrygold Dubliner cheese and feta cheese(again flavorful cheese so you don’t need to use much). Then I put on 1/2 cup of white beans for healthy carbs, fiber and protein. Then, for more protein and a substitute for salad dressing, I topped it with cottage cheese. If you are doing 21 day fix, this is 2 green containers, 1 blue, 1 yellow and 1 red.
If you do travel a lot, guess what? You can make a salad at home and get it though security! You can even put salad dressing in an empty airline sized alcohol bottle and take it through security in your 3-1-1 bag. No more bad airport meals. Or just stop at CIBO Express(no this is not a sponsored post).
How do you keep your salads exciting? What are some of your favorite toppings?