Summer is coming with hot weather so that iced drinks and salads are popular dishes in every house. The unique thing about salad is that you can adjust the ingredients base on your taste. There are millions of ways to make a salad with fresh vegetables and fruits. It is not only good for health but also can reduce the heat in summer for your family. Our tips below will help you make the greatest salad ever!
Pick the base for the dish
Once you start to make your salad, the first thing you need to choose is the base of the dish. If you like a green classic one, you can consider lettuce families such as iceberg, butter, or romaine lettuce. These vegetables bring your dish a crunchy and fresh feeling bonus with the soft and cool taste that cool your stomach. Remember to rinse off the vegetable carefully and dry them properly by a salad spinner or simply do by hands.
After finishing the base of the salad, you can add softer greens to balance the textures. You can choose among spinach, butter leaf lettuce, or another soft, leafy green for a nutrient base.
Add other veggies toppings
You can not complete a nice salad without other veggie toppings. There are many options for you to pick including these:
Tomatoes are the most popular topping in every salad for a bright color and fresh taste.
Red and green cabbage for a more colorful base.
Broccoli or carrots are other choices if you don’t like cabbage. You can use the fresh or light steamed one depends on your taste.
Deep-purple beet is a sweeter choice for you to choose. If you prefer a crunchy option, use raw beets, or roasted beets for a smoky-sweet for the rest of your ingredients.
Add fresh fruits to the dish
If you want a full-of-vitamins meal, fruits are great ideas to add on. You can make a salad with a variety of fruits such as apple, berries, oranges, grapes, mango.
If you like a sweet taste, avocado is a wonderful choice for your salad. However, not that you should not add too many fruits to your salad because they can be high in sugar.
Add optional proteins
If you eat salad as a main course, consider adding some protein to it for a healthy meal. Chicken and steak are two popular toppings for salads. If you have leftovers meat, use them to make a quick meal, or prepare the meat right before you eat. Because chicken and steak contain a lot of protein, but still are fairly inexpensive options, you can opt for these options.
Or else you want to make a salad with ocean-feeling, opt for canned tuna or shrimp.
If you tend to make a vegetarian salad, try lightly frying some tofu to make it crispy. A tip when you don’t want the tofu is too plain is that you can marinate it overnight in your favorite sauce to give it some extra flavor. You can fry firm or extra-firm tofu on the stovetop for the best salad topping.