Quick Salad Ideas

Wouldn't it be nice if there were healthy salads as quick as the local salad bar? Wouldn’t it be nice if all the vegetables were washed and sliced, and sitting there waiting to be chosen? It may surprise you to know that you can make a salad that is quick and easy.

One approach to quick salads is having some ready-to-go vegetables from the World's Healthiest Foods on hand.

Your local natural foods grocery will usually sell organic salad mix by the pound. Don't let the price discourage you - leaves don't weigh much! Feel free to buy 3-4 day's worth of salad mix - kept refrigerated, these organic, locally-grown mixes will stay fresh for that length of time. Also try the pre-trimmed organic baby carrots. They make a fantastic addition to many quick salads, and eliminate a lot of preparation. There are also some canned or frozen organic vegetables that you may want to keep on hand. Green peas work with many kinds of salads, and are convenient in both types of packaging. Corn is another convenient salad component in frozen or canned form.

For bean-based salads, consider raiding the organic canned bean section. Garbanzos, white beans, and black beans all make great staples for a quick salad. Nuts, including sliced almonds and chopped walnuts, also make great salad additions, as do sunflower, sesame, and pumpkin seeds.

With the above ingredients on hand, just try mixing and matching to discover your favorite taste and texture combinations. Corn and bean combinations work well together. So do spinach and walnuts, especially with some extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Sliced cucumber with organic low-fat plain yogurt can also make a great quick salad, and for a creative flavor touch, you can add some fresh mint leaves to the mix.

You don't have to abandon the World's Healthiest Foods or your kitchen to come up with some spectacular salad combinations!

This page was updated on: 2004-09-06 18:15:01
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