Make better salads at home with a few simple tips and easy, healthy recipes!
I used to really struggle to make salads at home. I was baffled by this since I love salads at restaurants and almost always order one as an entrée for lunch and oftentimes for dinner. But when I tried to make them, I didn’t know what to put on them and I felt intimidated by them. When I attempted to make salads at home, they were sad looking and worse, often left me starving. So, when I say that I didn’t always know how to make a good salad, I mean it. But, it’s a skill that can be learned and I finally did — and you can too!
I’ve been asked a LOT over the years on Instagram how to make good salads and I realized there are definitely some tricks that help! So, I put together an ebook with my grocery list for salad-success staples, my Sunday meal prepping tips and 30 of my favorite easy, healthy salad recipes!
I included one of my favorite recipes from the ebook in this post to get you started!
Fall Harvest Salad with Honey Mustard Chicken
- 3 cups arugula
- 1/3 cup roasted butternut squash
- 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes
- 2 dates, pits removed & chopped
- 2 tablespoons pistachios
- Leftover honey mustard chicken*
- 1/2 gala apple, chopped
- Dressing, to taste: Peach white balsamic vinegar, olive oil, salt & pepper
- Place your arugula in a bowl.
- Cut cooked chicken into bite-sized pieces.
- Top with butternut squash, tomatoes, chopped apples.
- Sprinkle pistachios and dates on top.
- Add cheese, to taste.
- Season with salt and lots of freshly ground black pepper.
- Drizzle with salad dressing. (I like to mix equal amounts balsamic vinegar and olive oil with a little honey, salt and pepper for a quick dressing!)
*To make honey mustard chicken, combine 1/4 cup honey, 1/2 cup mustard, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, and salt and pepper to taste. Drizzle over chicken and bake at 375 for 25-35 minutes, until cooked through.
How do you make a delicious salad?
It’s all about texture and contrasting flavors! Sweet, salty, crunchy, creamy! I use a mix of ingredients to help them taste good and also keep me satisfied. I also find chopping fruit into smaller pieces helps a LOT with the texture piece, and I much prefer carrots shaved into thin strips using a vegetable peeler.
What should be in a healthy salad?
I opt for fresh, simple ingredients – some of my favorites are hearty greens, colorful veggies (carrots, tomatoes!), crunchy fruit and creamy sweet potatoes or butternut squash. Healthy fats come from avocado and/or nuts, and protein helps keep me full.
Get more tips to make healthy and delicious salads at home here!
This ebook includes:
- My Go-To Salad Template for a great salad every time (even without a recipe!)
- My Grocery List + Pantry Staples
- 30 Healthy, Easy Salad Recipes
I hate how restaurant salads always seem to be better than what I make at home. I am planning a salad for dinner tonight with lots of avocado (and some bacon!) so I know I won’t be sad about it haha.