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10 Tasty Ways to Spice Up Your Salads

salad with tofu, artichoke hearts, and beets

Asian-inspired salad with tofu, artichoke hearts, avocado, black sesame seeds, and beets.

Bonus salad idea: Salad is all about the presentation. It doesn’t have to be a bunch of veggies tossed into a bowl! Next time you prep a salad, try arranging the ingredients or artfully layering them, rather than tossing everything together. You can also invest in special tools, like miniature cookie cutters to slice your veggies into fun shapes!

6. Add a little sweetness. Fresh or dried fruit makes for a lovely salad topping. Some of my faves: dried cranberries, sliced sections of orange or tangerine, or sliced strawberries.

7. Don’t forget the protein. Adding some beans or tofu can turn a salad into a full on, rib-sticking meal.

8. Add something tangy. A squeeze of lemon juice or some chopped green onion adds a dimension of flavor that really rounds out a salad.

9. Don’t fear the fat. You don’t have to douse those greens in oil, but adding a little bit of healthy fat, like nuts or avocado, to your salad makes it more filling and more delicious.

10. Try fresh herbs. A little bit of minced basil, sage, thyme, or your favorite fresh herb is a burst of flavor in your mouth. You can add it straight to your salad or whisk it into the dressing.

What’s your favorite way to add a little oomph to the humble salad? I’d love to hear your ideas in the comments!

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Becky Striepe

Becky Striepe is a freelance writer and vegan crafter living in Atlanta, Georgia. Her life’s mission is to make green crafting and vegan food accessible to everyone! Like this article? You can follow Becky on Twitter or find her on Facebook!


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9:22AM PDT on Sep 2, 2014

Thank You

9:21AM PDT on Sep 2, 2014


9:40AM PDT on Aug 9, 2014

Great IDEA

9:40AM PDT on Aug 9, 2014

Just Lovely work

11:07PM PDT on Jun 18, 2014

To mix up my salad I add frozen pomegranate seeds and frozen raspberries. They add a bit of sweet to it. Thank you for the ideas!

12:38AM PDT on May 13, 2014

Healthy Yummy salads.. Thanks For sharing

9:15PM PDT on Jun 2, 2013

Yum! Love salad. Thanks for sharing.

12:02PM PDT on Apr 18, 2013

Fun to be creative with salads.

5:27AM PDT on Apr 18, 2013

yummy, thanks!

12:58AM PDT on Apr 18, 2013

the pictured salad - mango, arugula, coconut flakes, walnuts and avocado .... one of the most delicious salads I frequently make. No sauce/dressing - but healthy - vegan - and amazing!

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