Salads that even non-salad-eaters will devour

I really don’t like salads. Just looking at a Cobb salad will put me off my lunch, and there’s just nothing special about a house salad from a restaurant, even with chicken on it. A Caesar and buffalo chicken salads are pretty yummy but really not good for you in the end with all that thick dressing, battered chicken or tons of croutons and no additional veggies.

However, I recognize the need for a fresh meal full of raw veggies and lacking in carbs from time to time, especially when I’m feeling fluffy and I need to detox a bit. So, over the years I’ve found a few salad recipes that are flavorful enough and yet healthy enough to make me excited.

Apple Nut Salad

I based this one off a delicious salad from a wonderful local pizza place my friends and I went to in college. I used to hate fruit in salads but the apples, nuts and cheese are just somehow meant for each other.

Recipe for two:Apple, Arugula, and Endive Salad

  • 3 cups spring greens or spinach, or a mixture of your favorite darker lettuce types
  • 1 red apple, diced (I like Red Delicious and other non-sour apples for this)
  • 1 cup romano cheese, grated (fresh is better but the pizza-topping kind works too)
  • ½ cup sunflower seeds, or chopped walnuts or pecans
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinaigrette dressing with EVOO
  • ¼ cup cucumbers and/or tomatoes (I despise both, so this is optional; it tastes great without)

Tangy Greek Salad

Similar to a traditional greek salad, but with goat cheese for some extra tang. Serve with warm pita or flatbread.

Recipe for two:greek salad

  • 3 cups spinach and romaine lettuce mixture
  • ½ cup kalamata olives (whole or sliced, your preference)
  • ½ cup goat cheese
  • ½ bell pepper, diced (bright colors add even more tang)
  • ¼ cup purple onion, diced
  • 2 pepperoncinis (one per person so you don’t have to share…that would be a bloodbath..)
  • 3 tablespoons of greek vinaigrette dressing
  • ¼ cup cucumbers and/or tomatoes (I despise both, so this is optional; it tastes great without)

Gourmet Bistro Salad

The best parts of both the above salads combined for a gourmet bistro taste. Serve with a baguette for a full cafe-inspired meal.

Recipe for two:baby field green salad

  • 3 cups of spring greens or spinach, or a mixture of your favorite darker lettuce types
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts or pecans
  • ½ cup goat cheese
  • ½ cup bell peppers (variety of colors is best), diced
  • ¼ cup purple onion, diced
  • (Optional) Handful of dried fruit (cranberries are great, but if you can, steer clear of those with added sugar)
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinaigrette dressing with EVOO
I wholeheartedly encourage you to play with your food…add things, subtract things, roast, toast and try different kinds. It’s a stress-relieving creative process!
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I'm a writer, editor and constant student of living (and eating) better. I currently work as an HR communications specialist in downtown Minneapolis, MN, with my very non-writery husband and a gruff little Scottish Terrier named Ginny. View my professional portfolio at http://wordtastic.wordpress.com, or my linked in profile at http://www.linkedin.com/in/chloeaoneill/.

5 thoughts on “Salads that even non-salad-eaters will devour

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    • Thanks! She may still not like it if she has something against lettuce in general, but if she’s like me and she loves veggies and cheeses but just thinks salads are a boring, lifeless diet stereotype, maybe it’ll help!

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