Dress Up Your Salad for National Salad Month
May is National Salad Month! And heading into Memorial Day weekend, many of you are asking me how to stay on track with all of the parties and BBQ’s. Salads are an excellent way to enjoy a rich meal while maintaining healthy eating habits. Greens are a great source of calcium, iron, potassium and B vitamins.
Salads can be personalized and specialized to your preference, but it’s important to add healthy ingredients to maximize nutrition intake. Although it may seem outside of your comfort zone at first, try to add new items to your salad. You will be surprised by the added health benefits!
What can you try?
For example, adding daikon, dandelion root, or other micro greens can add high fiber but a low number of calories to your salad.
Daikons are mild flavored winter radish with low calories, high fiber, and nutrient content. Daikons are great for the respiratory system, anti-inflammatory, and skin health.
Dandelion roots are rich in antioxidants, helps control cholesterol, and regulate blood pressure.
Microgreens and vegetables are a good source of fiber, iron, and calcium. These are three new and easy ingredients to incorporate into your salad.
The beauty of salads is that you can add whatever your heart desires to them. You can toss together a nutritious salad that is sweet and savory, salty, crunchy or crisp.
I love that I can create an easy fresh and delicious salad with balsamic dressing by adding strawberries, blueberries, and goat cheese to flavor it up. Another great combination is crunchy watermelon radish paired with nuts to create a delicious meal.
Go out there and try something new on your salad this month for National Salad Month! And be sure to comment below with your favorite salad recipes.
Your partner in health,