What to Put On Salad

Let’s face it, there is nothing all that inspiring about a bed of greens. You know that you should be munching on lettuce and alfalfa sprouts, but it’s starting to look more like something you should feed to your son’s pet rabbit. The best way to transform it is to add some creative salad toppings that are sure to keep you coming back for more.

Chicken is something you may think of as strictly an entrée to be served on its own, but it’s also a great salad topping. Roasted, grilled or smoked, it is sure to spice up your lettuce while simultaneously providing a lean, high-protein punch.

Tuna is another healthy choice. Three ounces contains 20 grams of protein, always a plus, and tuna is also high in Vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids.

Are you in a lettuce rut? Your salad can be so much more delicious if you supplement your iceberg or romaine with green, red, white or yellow Swiss chard. In addition to adding a nice bite, Swiss chard provides vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin A, magnesium, potassium, iron and fiber.

Texture always adds a little extra pleasure to a meal, so why not add a handful of nuts to your greens? You can’t go wrong with walnuts or almonds, but don’t neglect more obscure choices like pecans, macadamia nuts or pistachios. Each imparts its own unique flavor as well as some healthy fats that your body actually needs.

Speaking of texture, you won’t want to miss out on the healthy creaminess of avocado on your salad. This fruit is not just yummy; it is chockfull of lutane, monounsaturated fatty acids and folate.

Take your salad to the next level by making your toppings pop. Before you know it, you’ll be scooping up a second helping.