I am giving you all of my great salad recipes in one spot — because we all need to eat more greens and veggies.
I was never a huge salad fan. And now, one of the things I am craving most is lettuce.
I hate to be so stereotypic, but I guess I am — as soon as I can’t have something, I want it. Big time.
I can cook anything. And most times, I like what I cook better than anything I can order in or take out. But not salad. I hate making salad. I almost always think that a salad that someone else makes for me is better than one that I make at home.
There are a few exceptions, but, for the most part, I am so happy to go out to one of the salad places that will make me a custom salad loaded up with everything I choose, chop it up, and mix in any dressing I pick.
Now, in these days of disinfecting everything and social distancing, I’m not doing this anymore. And I miss it. So I keep coming back to my favorite great salad recipes that actually taste awesome when I make them at home. Keep scrolling for these amazing salads.
By the way, when I think of this fairly ridiculous salad dilemma, I also think to myself: “how lucky I am” — I mean to even have had the luxury of experiencing someone else making a salad for me… Wow, this new normal is such an inner learning experience…
There are so many awesome ways to eat your greens. Be sure to download my free ebook all about great ways to get more greens into your diet.
My Favorite Great Salad Recipes
This Chopped Broccoli Salad is delicious, can be customized with your favorite ingredients, and can be made in advance. Broccoli has a lot of potassium and is great for brain function; it also has magnesium and calcium to help regulate blood pressure. It’s also good to clear your body of excess heat and it actually can help your vision too. I love foods that make you feel better mentally as well as physically, and broccoli is one of those foods — it can lessen feelings of irritability.
I’m kind of a freak about leftover salad. I love almost anything straight out of the fridge as a leftover. Except salad. I just hate it when it goes all wet and limp. Enter this Shaved Brussels Sprouts And Apple Salad… it’s even better leftover the next day. The Brussels sprouts stand up so well to the creamy dressing that there is no grossness involved. This makes it perfect to make for a crowd because you can make it way in advance. This is just awesomely easy and convenient.
What’s better than fresh ripe tomatoes in the heart of tomato season? Not much that I can think of! And when you combine these luscious, ripe, juicy tomatoes with fragrant fresh basil… it’s just the perfect marriage of summer flavors. But, with this Vegan Caprese Salad With Hearts Of Palm, you end up with an even better version of this traditional dish because this recipe also includes some awesome vegan mozzarella cheese and sliced hearts of palm.
This Paleo Vegan Caesar Salad is better than any Caesar salad you have ever had. Yup. I said it. It’s BETTER. And, it has no dairy. And the croutons are grain-free. And instead of Romaine lettuce, it’s got shaved brussels sprouts and kale. And, I’ll say it again… IT’S BETTER THAN ALL THE OTHER CAESAR SALADS YOU HAVE BEEN EATING! You should believe me (I mean, I almost never write in all caps…)
Sometimes beautiful fresh ingredients come together in the most unexpected ways, like in this colorful, Sweet Potato Strawberry Arugula Salad. Arugula has a good amount of calcium and it also contains vitamins A, C and K. It is rich in potassium and it’s extra beneficial in the summer because it actually cools the body down. This delicious peppery green is also believed to be a libido booster.
This salad has lots of veggies, some fruit (kiwis and pineapple), and lots of fresh herbs. It’s dishes like this that make me think I might be able to be a raw foodist. But, I know that’s not going to happen because I just love hot food. But, this Raw Corn And Vegetable Salad is really that good.
If you make any of these great salad recipes, please be sure to let me know in the comments below. I love hearing how you like a recipe, and I love to answer your questions! If you make it, be sure to take a photo and tag me and post it on Instagram.