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Fresh ways to liven up salads

April 13 2018
Marge Perry
By Marge Perry
Fresh ways to liven up salads

Veggies are a staple of Slimming World’s healthy eating plan—and we recommend that you fill at least a third of a plate with them at meal times to supercharge your weight loss. While a simple way to do this is to add a big salad to your plate, it can be easy to fall back on the same lettuce-tomato combo. Ahead, we have a few easy tips to liven up salads with fresh flavors and ingredients.

Save time: Keep prep time at a minimum by buying pre-washed greens or shredded slaw mixes. For sturdy veggies like radishes, carrots, and celery, slice them and store them in airtight containers filled with cold water. Keep them in the refrigerator until you’re ready to use them, and change up the water to keep them crisp and fresh.

Mix it up: Keep salads interesting with a variety of textures and flavors. Cucumbers, red peppers, cherry tomatoes, canned artichokes in water, fennel, jicama, sliced mushrooms, shredded carrots, and broccoli slaw are all easy options. Shake up your salad leaves with pea shoots, peppery arugula, or bright watercress; or, try a lettuce-free chopped salad by tossing together diced tomato, green and red bell peppers, red onion, cucumber, capers, and dill with fat-free vinaigrette.

Top it off: Whether it’s a zesty dressing or some unexpected garnishes, mix up your salad toppers to keep things interesting. Use a fat-free Italian dressing or, for a creamier alternative, make a yogurt-based dressing like the one in this salad. For a pop of color and flavor, scatter pomegranate seeds for tartness, capers or chopped pickles for brininess, or, if you’re feeling bold, slice up some pickled peppers for a vinegary, spicy kick!