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Pimp Your Greens: Three Salad Ideas


Taking basic salad greens and loading them with extra veggies is a great way to increase your intake of nutrient rich fruits and veggies. The only problem with this plan is that we can easily end up in a salad rut. I asked you all to pimp my salad and the combinations you came up with sound amazing. It was nice to get some interesting salad dressing ideas too. I can also tell you that FitSugar readers do not shy away from dried cranberries or gorgonzola – two of my favorite salad toppings.

There were many tasty combinations listed, but I found three very different creations that I thought I would highlight.

Pizza Salad: This one I can’t wait to try. DearMissPriss eats this when she’s being good on pizza night — this salad doesn't even need dressing!

  • Red leaf lettuce
  • Turkey pepperoni
  • Marinated artichoke hearts
  • Hearts of palm
  • Capers
  • Crumbled feta
  • Oregano
  • Red pepper flakes

There are two more really tasty salads, so to see what they include just read more.

Full of Fruit Salad: I love how rumpel2 adds fruit to her salad. Veggies and fruits do mix!

  • Mixed greens
  • Mandarin oranges
  • Strawberries (optional)
  • Apple (optional)
  • Chick peas
  • Avocado
  • Feta cheese
  • Pine nuts
  • Grilled shrimp/hard boiled egg (optional)
  • Dried cranberries
  • Strawberry vinaigrette or any other sweet dressing

Veggie Galore Salad: This salad from superfoxml has so many veggies in it that it sounds like a harvest party — I can't wait to try the vegan salad dressing from Whole Foods.

  • Romaine
  • Mixed fancy schmancy greens of your choice
  • Green and red peppers
  • Peas
  • Corn
  • Celery
  • Tomatoes, your choice of type
  • Mushrooms
  • Onions
  • Jicama
  • Herbs of your choice
  • Tofu marinated in sweet chili sauce and grilled
  • Vegan Caesar dressing from Whole Foods
  • Fresh ground pepper

There were many other great salad ideas, so if you greens are hurting and none of the above salads appeal to you, check out the other options listed in the comments section.

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