Today I’m sharing all of my favorite salad toppings, fillings, and more in one giant blog post. I promise you now, that if you give it a try, this just might rock your salad eating world. For the fun of it, I made you a video to show how I do this. Check it out!
Make eating salad as easy as can be with these tips for easy salads every day of the week!
VEGETABLE OPTIONS: (any combination of the below ingredients will keep nicely for several days in the refrigerator)
chopped greens: typically a mix of romaine, spring mix, spinach, arugula, or butter lettuce (rarely all of them, just whichever ones I have on hand at the time)
tomatoes: sliced or chopped
cucumber: sliced or chopped (I often remove the seeds, but it isn’t required)
corn: canned, frozen, or fresh
bell peppers: sliced thin or chopped small
red onions: sliced thin
green onions: sliced thin
ground beef or ground turkey: cooked and seasoned generously with Mexican spices or taco seasoning
taco meat with black beans and corn
pulled pork or carnitas: shredded and chopped bite-size
cooked or roasted chicken: shredded or diced
hard boiled eggs: chopped
canned tuna fish: drained well
cooked shrimp or fish
beans: black, kidney, or pinto beans
cheese: shredded, diced, or crumbled
avocado: sliced or diced
fruits: diced apples or pears, orange slices, fresh berries
plenty of crunch: croutons, tortilla chips, or my personal favorite Fritos
salt and pepper
salad dressing of your choice: Italian, Poppyseed, White Balsamic Vinaigrette, and the absolute BEST Homemade Ranch Dressing are a few of our favorites.
Prep the vegetables and place in serving size containers. (I use these containers and these containers to store prepped salads. Add a paper towel to each box to help the produce last longer. Place in the refrigerator until ready to eat.
WHEN READY TO EAT:
Warm the protein of your choice and chop bite-size, if needed. Add the protein to the pre-made salad greens and vegetables. Add the toppings of your choice. Squeeze lime generously over the salad, sprinkle with salt and pepper. Or toss with your favorite salad dressing. Enjoy!
Try topping your salads with these combinations:
Carnitas (or pulled pork), avocado, cotija cheese, lime, salt, and pepper
Grilled chicken, bacon, hard-boiled egg, cheddar cheese, ranch dressing
Chicken, berries, feta cheese, almonds or walnuts, poppyseed dressing
Tuna fish, strawberries, avocado, lime, salt, and pepper
Chicken or bacon, red grapes, shaved parmesan cheese, candied walnuts, white balsamic dressing
Taco meat, beans, corn, avocado, shredded Mexican cheese blend, lime, salt, pepper
* don’t forget to add plenty of crunch to each salad!