Now that spring is here, salads are becoming a top choice for their healthy contents and fresh flavor. Spring produce like fava beans, sugar snap peas, asparagus and arugula all can be added to your plate of greens to amp up the flavor and provide you with plenty of vitamins and minerals. But if you’re one to get sick of salads in a hurry, here are a few ways to liven up your plate and enhance the taste of your greens:
Mix your greens
Instead of filling your bowl with just one type of lettuce, go for a mix of a few different varieties to give you different flavors and textures. Try combining shredded purple cabbage with arugula and baby spinach to give your salad a tasty base. With cooking school online, you can discover all the different types of greens and how to incorporate them into your salad.
Combine hot and cold
A salad doesn’t have to be entirely cold or hot. A mix of the two can really surprise your taste buds and make your bowl of greens even tastier. Place slices of hot grilled chicken on top of your cold greens with some caramelized onions and halved cherry tomatoes.
Add a burst of heat
If you like a little bit of spice in your food, consider adding a few slices of jalapeno or a dash of crushed red pepper for the perfect amount of heat in your fresh dish.
Experiment with a new ingredient
You may know what you like when it comes to your salads, but switch it up every once in awhile by trying a new ingredient. Consider putting in some thinly sliced mushrooms with fennel and a dash of olive oil and lemon for a new combination of flavors. By experimenting, you may find a new ingredient that you can’t get enough of.
Use fresh herbs
Consider growing fresh herbs right in your kitchen. Not only does cooking with herbs offer a burst of color to your home, along with a fresh aroma, they can be used in virtually any dish you make, even salads. Basil, chives, mint, tarragon and rosemary are all versatile herbs that can be chopped up and added to your salad for a simple way to liven up the flavors.
Introduce varied textures
One of the best parts about salads is that you can mix together so many different textures. When you have a combination of crunchy and creamy, it makes your salad much more appealing and interesting to eat. Top off delicate greens with crunchy pecans or walnuts, creamy slices of avocado and a fresh vinaigrette.