Sundays are a great day to make salads because you will probably have more time to go to your local farmer’s market to stock up on fresh produce, and you’ll have more time to prep veggies for the salad (and meals later in the week….think stir-fries, pizza, etc.)
You can build your Salad Sundays around a theme, and include meat to make it a meal. Some possibilities are:
Mexican: Fajita chicken, tomatoes, cheese, salsa (serve with warm tortillas)
Italian: Pepperoni, mozzarella, tomatoes, Italian dressing (serve with garlic bread)
Hawaiian: Pineapple, ham or pork, carrots, goat cheese
Greek: Chicken, feta cheese, olives, tomatoes (serve with warm pita bread)
To a lot of people, “salad” means some iceberg lettuce, a few chopped veggies, cheese, croutons, and dressing. But there are endless possibilities, so shake things up and have some fun with your planning. Use your imagination and create fabulous concoctions that your family will gobble up!
Here are some lists to get you started:
Greens (iceberg, romaine, spinach, watercress, cabbage slaw, etc.)
Starch (whole grain pasta, potatoes, rice, etc.)
Protein (flaked tuna, chicken breast, salmon, etc.)
Fruit (big chunks of melon, shredded apples, etc.)
Veggie toppings: carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes, beans, peas, peppers, onions, mushrooms, sprouts, chickpeas, radish, olives, broccoli, celery, beans
Fruit toppings: melons, apples, dried fruit, pears, mandarin oranges, berries
Protein toppings: ham, salami, pepperoni, chicken, egg, tuna, bacon, cheese, salmon
Crunchy toppings: croutons, walnuts, seeds, tortilla strips, Chinese noodles, corn chips
The dressing: try not to go overboard. Vinegar and olive oil is healthiest. I like to top my salad with guacamole.
Tips: Try shredding or dicing your veggies, or use a julienne peeler to make long spirals. Different shapes add some fun to the meal! A variety of color adds interest to the meal, as well as important vitamins.