Salads need not be boring. Adding fruit, nuts, cheese and a protein source likes beans or grilled chicken not only improves the taste and texture of salad, but can also raise the nutrient content of your favorite greens. You can also add cooked/cooled grains to make your salad a complete meal. Mix and match the following ingredients in your next salad.

Greens:
Bibb lettuce
Boston lettuce
Iceberg lettuce
Radicchio
Romaine
Spinach
Spring mix
Vegetables:
Bell peppers
Celery
Carrots-shredded
Onions (green, red, white, yellow)
Radishes
Tomatoes (cherry, grape)

Fruit:
Apples (Fuji, Gala Granny smith, Jonathan)
Cherries- dried
Craisins, dried cranberries
Grapes (green, black, red)
Oranges (mandarin, fresh/juice orange)
Pears (Bartlett, Bosc, Comice, D’anjou)
Raisins (black or yellow)

Protein:
Beans (black, garbanzo, kidney)
Beef strips
Chicken strips
Eggs, hard boiled
Fish (salmon, tuna, other)
Turkey strips
Nuts/Seeds:
Almonds (chopped, slivered)
Pecans
Pine nuts
Pistachios
Pumpkin seeds
Sunflower seeds
Walnuts
Cheese:
Blue cheese/gorgonzola
Cheddar (2% milk, shredded)
Feta cheese (low fat)
Fontina cheese
Goat cheese
Mozzarella cheese (2% milk, shredded)

Classic balsamic vinaigrette:
Ingredients:
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup Balsamic vinegar
1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
1/4 tsp. salt

Combine all ingredients together in a bowl. Makes 3/4 cup dressing (12 Tbsp)

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