While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.
Toss your hands in the air. May is National Salad Month!
Salads often get a bad rap for being too healthy or boring. While they might be the former, they definitely do not need to be the latter. Salads are actually a great way to use up leftovers and can make a balanced meal that will leave you feeling full and satisfied.
Like any meal, salads should be balanced. There should be different flavors, textures and colors. Nuts, berries, cheeses, and herbs can all help turn ‘rabbit food’ into a meal you’ll actually enjoy.
Here are some tips for shaking up the common salad:
– Stick to the season. No good tomatoes around? Try using roasted butternut squash instead. A seasonal salad is packed with flavor.
– There’s room for protein too: chicken, steak, pork, tuna and tofu all go well dressed up with greens and make a salad a full meal.
– Keep the dressing separate until you’re ready to serve. Dressing the salad too early will leave you with limp greens.
– Same goes for overdressing. It’s much easier to add more than take away.
– Dressings don’t have to be complicated: a bit of olive oil and lemon juice shaken up together in a jar works perfectly. For added flavor try using a jam jar that’s empty but still got bits of jam (flavor) in it.
– If you’re taking a salad for lunch, put all the cut-up ingredients in the bottom of your container and your greens on top. This will help keep everything crisp.
– That extra bit of quinoa or brown rice? Toss a handful in your salad, it’ll help beef up the protein and fiber content. Same goes for roasted veggies.
– Even salads need seasoning – don’t forget about the salt and pepper.
– Toasted nuts add a nice bit of crunch to a salad. Add them in last as they’ll get soggy easily. Spiced pecans or roasted salted pistachios are a good place to start.
– Pick a cheese that packs a punch; herbed goat cheese, blue cheese or gorgonzola all come in crumble form these days and work well in salads.