An easy and healthy start to the week! Wishing you all a wonderful week. 🙂
You may not think of salads as a full and wholesome dinner type meal. To a lot, when you mention salad, they think of green leaves, cucumber and tomatoes. A very simple side dish to a dinner. But with a few touches, that initial salad can become both inviting, filling and be a complete and delicious meal. It is simple, delicious, fast and very healthy. That is, if you avoid dressings loaded with calories.
The good thing with a salad is that you can add nearly whatever you’d like. It could be warm or cold. And you can add various meat for flavor and texture. I like to add spiced sausage or bacon for a little flavor and crunch. You can also add some good homemade bread on the side to add to the feeling of it being a complete meal.
To add to the dinner feel of the salad, you can add root vegetables like sweet potato or pumpkin. These are sweet and flavorful by themselves and add a layer of sweetness to the more bitter flavors of the normal salad components.
Adding some cheeses like mozzarella, chevre or feta adds a salty element and also some depth to the salad.
Fruit will add to the complexity. Good fruits for salads that will fit with the majority of the other elements are melon, mango and citrus fruits. In addition, pomegranate can be added, both seeds and juice. Add the juice, and you have a simple dressing without any efforts or complex recipes.
Then lastly, to add some fiber and filling components, you can cook up some buckwheat, bulgur, quinoa or similar and add a small portion of that as well.
Now, I’m not saying to add all these elements to one salad, but pick one from each type and you can’t really go wrong.
Finally, chop up some nuts and you add some great fatty acids as well.
Then you’d be sure to have a nice, filling and wholesome salad for dinner. Hopefully you can get your husband to eat his greens this way too. 🙂
Make sure to keep some balance of flavor and add enough acidity to the salad to keep it tasting fresh. I normally squeeze some fresh lime or lemon juice on top. The juice from a pomegranate or some orange will do the same trick. This keeps the greens looking green and fresh a little while longer too.
Involve your kids:
I am definitely not going to claim that my kids are avid salad eaters. They actually don’t like “the green stuff”. But that is not important. The best thing with a salad dinner is that it is easy to make it into something the kids like too, or you can even make two separate salads without any extra efforts. You are already chopping up fruit and veg anyway.
Let the kids cut up some of their own fruit and vegetables. They can easily cut things like cucumber, paprika, avocado or similar with a butter knife if they are small.
Hopefully they will eat some of what they are preparing during the process too. 🙂 I don’t care too much that they eat specific vegetables, but encourage them to try and by having them help out at their level and pace, they are much more likely to put new things in their mouths to taste it.