10 Delicious Ways to Spice Up a Salad
Do you love salads but sometimes find them to be a bit . . . boring? Most of the traditional ingredients in a salad have very mild flavors, like lettuce, cucumbers, spinach, and the like. You may already have a few favorite ways to spice up salads, but take a look at the suggestions below and see if inspiration strikes you:
1 - Green olives and capers
Green olives have a nice tangy flavor that goes well with most salads, while capers provide a bit sharper, saltier flavor that may appeal to many people.
2 - Hot peppers
Of course, you can literally “spice” up your salad by adding a few hot peppers like jalapeno slices, or sprinkle some crushed red pepper for smaller bursts of heat.
3 - Citrus fruits
Adding orange or grapefruit slices to a salad can provide a welcome touch of sweetness and/or tartness.
4 - Seeds
Seeds can provide some added nutrition and crunch to virtually any kind of salad. Consider adding sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds - or nuts like almonds, soy nuts, cashews, and walnuts.
5 - Lemon or lime juice
For some added tartness, try squeezing a wedge of lemon or lime over a salad.
6 - Something unusual
There are so many foods that can be added to salads if you think outside the box - how about granola, sardines, salsa, marinated mushrooms or artichoke hearts, berries, tofu, pickles, corn, water chestnuts, beans, hard-boiled eggs . . . the possibilities are endless.
7 - Put it in a pita
Besides putting creative toppings ON your salad, you can eat your salad in different ways, like putting it into a whole grain pita shell, or eating it with a side of brown rice, or even making a little “stir fry” and eating it warm.
8 - Interesting seasonings
There are a ton of great sprinkle-on seasonings available today, like Asian, lemon pepper, garlic pepper, Italian seasoning, mustard, dill, and many others.
9 - Vinegar
If you like the flavor of vinegar, drizzling it over your salad can give it boost. I love balsamic vinegar in my salads!
10 - Onions, garlic, and radishes
Last but not least, let us not forget the “old standby” flavors, onion, garlic and radishes. Each of them is a great addition to a salad, depending on your preferences.Must Read
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