10 Ways to Liven Up Your Salad

I've said it once, I'll say it again: if you're tired of salad, you're doing it wrong. There are a plethora of methods to concoct a scrumptious salad. Healthy vegetarian recipes shouldn't be boring. Add one, two, three or more of these items and your blah batch of lettuce will be revamped into the most magnificent creation you've ever tasted. If you want easy vegetarian dinner recipes, salad is great way to start your meal. I have some of the best vegetarian recipes out there. Have fun with it. Making your healthy vegetarian recipes/meals should be a complete experience, a journey. Enjoy your salad! And then share it with friends, family or neighbors. Show off what an excellent chef you are. Okay, so here we go...

1. Sunflower seeds - You've probably got some in the cabinet. If not, you can get them at the gas station or your local health food store. I would go for shelled, raw, unsalted sunflower seeds because you can add them to several recipes (not just salads).


#1 & #7 Sunflower seeds & Flaxseeds
2. Dried apricots - Can you say "yummmmm?" Snip the dried apricots into tiny pieces or keep them at a good-sized chunk. It's up to you, chef. Chuck 'em in with your salad. They add a pop of sugary goodness to your greens, which can be very pleasant.

3. Grapefruit - Bet you never thought to add grapefruit to your vegetarian salad recipe. Well, now's the time to try it. Grapefruit creates a wonderful mixture of tartness or sweetness, depending on which one you want. Add grapefruit + dried apricots for a sweet salad.

4. Pistachios - If you want healthy vegetarian recipes, don't forget about pistachios. They contain B-6, copper, fiber and manganese. Plus, they're a powerhouse of antioxidants. Pop a handful onto your salad as a garnish or add 1/4 cup and mix well.

5. Sweet potatoes - Sweet potatoes aren't just for Thanksgiving. Enjoy them all year long as part of your the best vegetarian recipes. Cook or bake your sweet potato. Cut into large pieces and then toss them into your salad for some diversity.

6. Flax seeds - They're cute. They're little. They add a great nutty flavor to any healthy vegetarian recipe. Flax seeds are ridiculously high in omega-3 fats and fiber, which are super fabulous for you. In addition to that, flax seeds can help your cardiovascular system and reduce inflammation.

7. Strawberries - Strawberries are vibrant in both flavor and color. Perfect for a vegetarian salad recipe.  They're beloved by most, if not all. Maybe you could make Strawberry Summer Salad with Key Lime Vinaigrette? It's excellent, I promise.

#7 Sweet strawberries 
8. Garbanzo beans - Garbanzo beans are considerably high in fiber, protein, iron, folate, magnesium, phosphorus and manganese. Phew. What a list. Basically, garbanzo beans are an ideal superfood.

9. Couscous - This wonder food automatically makes a dish more exotic. Couscous is popular in many North African and Middle Eastern easy vegetarian dinner recipes. Since couscous is a semolina, it's pretty starch-heavy. Add 1/4 to 1/2 a cup to an entire salad. Stir thoroughly and serve.

10. Agave nectar - Did you know tequila is made from agave (pronounced ah-GAH-vay)? Agave is a natural sweetener you may use in place of refined sugars which contain a high-glycemic index. You can use agave in all of the best vegetarian recipes you can find. Drizzle some aromatic nectar over your salad to give it a yummy kick without the regret.

Thanks for reading. Hopefully you have a little bit of inspiration to create an easy vegetarian dinner recipe masterpiece of your own! Stay happy! Stay healthy! Stay smiling!

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