Salads are necessary for a delicious yet healthy balanced diet. There are a large variety of ingredients to add to a salad. Picking the right ingredients not only makes your salad flavourful but also gives immunity-boosting benefits. You can almost add anything to your salad but be careful combining them with other ingredients because some ingredients can make other ones lose their nutritional value. Always pick ingredients according to your health needs and nutrients. Here are some easy to find ingredients for a healthy salad that are also extremely delicious:
Leafy greens are the base of a diet-friendly salad. Fresh green leaves also bulk up your salad and add a delicious mild crunch to it. Spinach is loaded with antioxidants, vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin K1, iron, calcium, and also high in fibers. Spinach helps to control oxidative stress, high blood pressure, and benefits in eye health. It is also easy to find. You can add raw spinach to your salads both as the main ingredient or as a topping.
Carrots are crunchy, tasteful, and very nutritious. Filled with beta carotene, antioxidants, fibers, vitamin K1 and potassium, carrots are one of the best ingredients for a healthy salad. Eating carrots can help lower blood cholesterol and weight loss. Carrots are easy to find in markets and can be grown at home. You can add both raw and steamed carrots, although frozen carrots bought from supermarkets don’t deliver the same nutrients.
Almonds, peanuts, walnuts, pistachios, etc are healthy sources of fats. Nuts deliver a significant amount of calories to your diet. Unless you are allergic to nuts, you can add 10-15 roasted and sliced nuts in your salad dressing depending on their size. Nuts help lower cholesterol and keep your heart healthy.
Fresh seasonal fruits like pears, grapes, berries, apples, oranges, avocados, pomegranates, and bananas can be a great ingredient for your healthy salad. Fruits are filled with various vitamins, minerals, and fibers which can also give a sweet or tangy flavor. They are proven to boost your immunity and slim down your body. Fruits also fill your stomach and generate high energy. Add slices of your favorite fruits as toppings or make a whole fruit salad made from a variety of fruits.
Hard-boiled eggs are a power-packed ingredient. You can add up to 2 eggs sliced as salad toppings. Eggs are a good source of protein that can satisfy your tummy for a long time and provide energy. They help build muscles and maintain brain health.
Eggs also contain vitamin D that helps boost metabolism. They are also easy to find and cook.
All the food items mentioned above can be added as a healthy ingredient in salads. Some people are allergic to a few items so alternative ingredients can also be added. All ingredients should be added in a maintained quantity. You can skip the dressing part by not adding extra oils and croutons rather adding fruits and nuts.