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Here's How To Spice Up Your Salad

Dress your salad down and toss in flavorful additions that are filled with nutrients and add taste and texture

Spring is around the corner, which means summer is on its way! You’ve probably been hitting the gym a little harder and eating healthier, which means you’ve been noshing on lots of green salads. 

A healthy and delicious salad can quickly go from fresh to fatty when dressed in calorie and cholesterol-laden items like cheese, croutons, and bacon bits—and that’s before it’s weighed down even further with high-calorie salad dressing!

However, when you dress your salad down and toss in flavorful additions filled with nutrients, taste and texture, you’ll find that the perfect salad is not only healthy but absolutely delicious. Try some of these healthy additions to your next salad and just see how you like it. Our friends the Get ‘Em Girls break down how to spice up your salad while keeping it healthy:

Vegetables: Whether you eat them raw, roasted or grilled, you can’t go wrong. Choose from bell peppers, zucchini, tomatoes, beets, broccoli, carrots, mushrooms, green peas and string beans

Meats: Grilled chicken or turkey breast, fish, shellfish, canned tuna

Beans and lentils: garbanzo, black, kidney, pinto, and lima beans               

Whole grains: brown rice, barley, kasha, couscous, and pasta

Nuts: toasted almonds, walnuts, pecans, and peanuts

Fresh (and canned) fruit: mandarins, pineapple, mangoes, cranberries, seedless grapes

Dressings: vinaigrette, lemon juice, extra-virgin olive oil, low-fat cream or mayonnaise-based dressings