Salad gets a bad rap. Say it with me: Veggies are your friend. Look, when I say "salad," I'm not talking about those pitiful, lifeless, limp little plates of iceberg lettuce and shredded carrots you get as a "side" when you go out for dinner. Those are not salads. Those are little plates of crap.
A great salad is a beautiful thing. It's robust. It's bountiful. It's fun. It's a delicious addition to an otherwise paltry, unbalanced meal. It is not a chore. At least, it shouldn't be.
- lettuces - multiple varieties (choose your favorites!)
Without these, you don't have a salad. I don't know what you do have, but it isn't a salad.
Great, so you've got a start. But what else can you add to it to make it awesome? Not shredded cheese - nay! Not shredded carrots (who shreds carrots anyway? Cut those babies up and dip 'em in some ranch!). You could dice up some bell pepper(s). You could cube up your favorite cheese (in salads, I love colby-jack, fresh mozzarella, or muenster). Chop up a couple hard boiled eggs, whydontcha? Toss in some olives! Gahhh, I love olives.
In addition to the above mentioned common salad jazzer uppers, read on to see seven more easy ingredients that may not always cross your mind.