It’s National Salad Month

Posted on: May 1st, 2018 by manna

Trying to pack in some delicious nutrition without packing on the extra calories?

Salad is a convenient way to use the ingredients or leftovers you have on hand, and the recipes are limitless. Fruits and vegetables are naturally low in calories and fat, and offer a wide range of vitamins and minerals, while whole grains, nuts/seeds, and protein will help to keep you full and satisfied.

To get the most out of your salad greens and other produce, store them in the middle of a clean fridge away from the doors, with plenty of room for air circulation. To preserve greens, keep them stored in a dry, paper towel lined container. Keep fresh herbs and celery stored in water to make these last longer as well. Lastly, keep ethylene gas-producing fruits such as bananas, avocados, tomatoes and melon away from other produce; ethylene is a naturally occurring gas, but it can make some produce spoil faster.

When it comes to making healthy choices, salads can be a great option, but they don’t have to be boring! If you’re looking to swap out your salad staples for something new, give these mix-ins a try:


Vegetables – Asparagus, beets, mushrooms, corn, olives, radishes, carrots, broccoli, heart of palm, artichoke hearts, peas (try your vegetables grilled, marinated, raw, or pickled!)

Fruit (fresh and dried) – Oranges, pears, apple, berries, pomegranate, mango, dried cranberries, dried cherries

Whole Grains – Rice, bulgur, quinoa, farro, couscous

Nuts & Seeds – Walnuts, pepitas, sesame seeds, almonds

Fresh Herbs – Basil, mint, parsley, dill, chives, cilantro

Vegetarian Protein – Crispy baked chickpeas, black beans, lentils, edamame, tofu, seitan

Seafood – Salmon, tuna, shrimp, scallops

Meat – Chicken, turkey, steak (slice up some leftovers!)

Cheese – Parmesan, goat cheese, feta, mozzarella, cottage cheese

Other – Hummus, salsa, micro-greens, seaweed, avocado mash


Tabbouleh Salad Recipe


  • 1 cup uncooked bulgur
  • 3/4 cup chopped cucumber
  • 3/4 cup chopped tomato
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh mint leaves
  • 1/4 cup sliced green onions or 2 tablespoons finely chopped sweet onion
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice

Prepare bulgur according to package directions.

After the bulgur is ready, mix together bulgur, cucumber, tomato, parsley, mint, onions, and garlic.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the olive oil and lemon juice. Then combine with the other ingredients, mixing well.

Refrigerate and let chill for 2 hours before serving for the flavors to meld. Season with salt and pepper, to taste, before serving.


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