I don't know many people who can get full from a simple salad of spinach, cucumber and tomato. Plus how boring is that anyway!? Next time you're making a salad try adding 2-3 of the following. Bulk it up and fill you up.
9 Ways To Enhance Your Salad
- Warm veggies. Roasted or sautéed red onions, sautéed kale, roasted capsicum or sautéed mushrooms will add flavour and texture to an otherwise boring salad.
- A nutty grain/seed such as brown rice, quinoa or millet. Adding 1/2 cup of whatever grain/seed you prefer will make a salad more satisfying to eat and will keep you full for longer. Slightly undercook for a chewy texture.
- Dry roasted nuts. Place raw nuts on an oven tray and place in the oven on 180 for 10 minutes to enhance their flavour. Walnuts, sliced almonds and cashews are my favorite, but feel free to try pecans, pumpkin seeds and peanuts (especially for Asian inspired salads).
- Beans. Chickpeas, black beans, edamame and other legumes are inexpensive and delicious sources of protein and fiber to add some substance to a salad.
- Avocado. Half an avocado adds creaminess and taste to take a salad to the next level. Use a slightly over ripe avocado and mash it with sea salt before mixing it through the salad.
- Smoked meat. Add some smoked trout or smoked salmon for a slightly more upscale salad experience ;)
- Cooked meats. Meats such as freshly baked salmon or chicken tenderloins (shredded up) pack a massive protein punch and will help to fill you right up.
- Eggs. Boiled, fried or poached, an egg is a wonderful way to make your salad more substantial. My favourite way to eat eggs is to soft boil them for 6 minutes so that the yolk is still gooey and can act as a dressing.
- Sardines. Canned fish is one of the easiest ways to add extra protein and omega-3 oils to your salad. Not only are sardines a fantastic source of healthy omega 3 fats, they’re also full of calcium and are super cheap!