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Healthy Salad Recipe Ideas

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


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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bodiezeffa bodiezeffa 9 years
They sound great!!!
bodiezeffa bodiezeffa 9 years
They sound great!!!
k_izzle k_izzle 9 years
MM. I'm going to try them all.
bellaressa bellaressa 9 years
I am going to try this options next week, I will hit the grocery this weekend. Thanks ladies and Fit!
DearMissPriss DearMissPriss 9 years
Novaraen, I didn't know what hearts of palm were until I moved to California! They're long and tubular, about the diameter of a nickel. They're not like anything I've eaten before, so I can't describe the taste...but they're good.
Novaraen Novaraen 9 years
Oh dont get me wrong...i like lots of things in my salad. I just have no idea what jicama is or hearts of palm...etc. I didnt mean any offense to you Fit. :D I will do my research on the ingredients i dont recognize...they must be good to be mentioned on here. ;)
Fitness Fitness 9 years
Novaraen-I get stuck in salad ruts where I limit toppings to only three things so it was nice to see these ideas with A LOT of toppings!
Fitness Fitness 9 years
Novaraen- I get stuck in salad ruts where I limit toppings to only three things so it was nice to see these ideas with A LOT of toppings!
Spectra Spectra 9 years
I discovered jicama a couple of years ago and I LOVE IT!! The only problem is, my grocery store doesn't usually stock much of it and half the time I want to buy it, all of them are moldy. Hearts of palm are really good too...I never knew what they were, but I saw a Food Network show about them and I gave them a try. They're really good!
Meggie-xo Meggie-xo 9 years
mmm pizza salad sounds so good :)
emalove emalove 9 years
The Pizza Salad sounds so yummy.
maggieleigh maggieleigh 9 years
Mmm, yum! I want to start eating more salads, and these sound great!
Novaraen Novaraen 9 years
You like the complicated ones eh Fit? There is atleast one ingredient in each of these that i have no idea what it I like my salads simple. :D
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 9 years
The salads are interesting, but I would tweak the recipes to suit my taste.
ktgrl1818 ktgrl1818 9 years
cant wait to pack one for a lunch
komler komler 9 years
Pizza salad sounds interesting.
ms_dior_cherie ms_dior_cherie 9 years
Veggie Galore Salad sounds fantastic
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Great job ladies!
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Great job ladies!
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
Mmmmm :drool: these are making me hungry!!!
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
Mmmmm :drool: these are making me hungry!!!
geebers geebers 9 years
wow all of these sound delicious.
Adrian-Ryce Adrian-Ryce 9 years
I'm excited to try the pizza salad.
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