Happy National Nutrition Month (NNM). This post focuses Salads and Dressings that are simple, ez and tasty!!!
It’s easy enough to toss together a salad. Here’s a guideline, but by all means be creative: Start with a cup or more of leafy greens. Then maybe add in a Tablespoon of chopped nuts or seeds, 1/2 medium fruit, chopped (tomato and avocado are technically fruits). If you don’t have avocado – a Tbsp of chopped low fat cheese such as feta will do. If you want to add even more powerhouse nutrients to your salad, toss in 1/4-1/2 cup chopped raw veggies (carrots, zucchini, broccoli, cucumber, carrots… to name a few).
Mixed Greens w/ Pistachio, Feta and Beets:
This is one of my very favorite go-to salads—veggies, fruits, nuts/seeds all add in flavor. But even adding in some lemon juice and a bit of oil can add some zest and bring the flavors all together, especially if your salad has plenty of prominent flavors, such as my
Mixed greens with Pistachio, Feta and Beets with a drizzle of oil and a splash of lemon. This salad has enough flavors from the nuts, cheese and fruit that the dressing can be simple. Although a Vinaigrette with Balsamic would work, too!
My Tasty EZ Salad Dressings
The dressing you add, can really make your salad pop – bringing all the flavors together and satisfyingly so. You don’t need a lot – a little goes a long way as long as you coat it evenly.
Tip: place all ingredients in a Tupperware of Ziplock baggie, add lemon juice and a small amount of Oil (1-2 tsp) or your favorite Dressing and toss well. Because store bought dressings often have a lot of junky ingredients (including added sugars, fillers and stabilizers), it’s a good idea to make your own. It’s quite easy.
Here are some other EZ, Tasty Salad Dressings Recipes you can use to add pizzazz and variety to your heart healthy salads. Remember – you don’t need a lot. Just distribute it well.
- 3 parts Olive oil
- 1 Part Balsamic Vinegar
- a Pinch of the following to taste: Sea Salt (or No Salt Season Salt), Dijon mustard,, Black pepper
- Whisk all of the ingredients together. Will keep about a week.
- ⅓ cup Olive oil
- 2 Tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar
- 1 – 2 pinches Fines Herbs
- 1 pinch Garlic powder
- ½ lemon (lemon juice)
- Whisk all ingredients together.
Check out some more fun salad/dressing recipes:
Q: Gotta healthy salad and or dressing? Please, please share! Luv your input and ideas. : )