Green based salads can get a bad wrap some times, for not being “filling enough”, but the seasoned salad enjoyer can beg to differ! When salads are instead given the spotlight as a meal rather than a side, they can really shine. It all comes down to the ingredients!
Taking your favorite meals and changing their composition into a salad, even burgers and tacos, can be an easy way to ensure that you’re getting all the nutritional parts of the meal, while also cutting out empty carbs and calories. While the grains in breads and wraps can be beneficial in moderation, when they’re serving only as a filler, they can be a bit too much for some people’s diets and individual needs.
When preparing a salad base, piling up the leafy greens is not only an excellent way to work in a multitude of vitamins, folates, and fibers, but it also can help balance out the flavors of your toppings and add-ins. In addition to this, you’ll likely find yourself feeling fuller, but with more nutritionally beneficial calories to boot! Salad recipes are also extremely versatile. If you’re new to the art of salad building, give our recipe for Bruschetta Chicken Salad a stab first!
Bruschetta Chicken Salad
Ingredients: (note: the amount of ingredients is purely based on your preferences.)
- ½ romaine heart (chopped)
- ½ cooked and cubed chicken breast
- Kalamata olives
- Roasted garlic
- ¼ cup bruschetta (store bought or homemade)
- 1 tbsp white wine vinaigrette
- 3-5 mozzarella balls
- ¼ cup parmesan cheese
- Balsamic glaze (garnish)
- In a medium sized mixing bowl, toss together all ingredients (except chicken and balsamic glaze).
- Move salad mix to a serving bowl and add chicken. Lightly drizzle with balsamic glaze and enjoy!