Looking for a Way to Spice Up Your Salads? Try Organic Micro Greens, Candied Flowers, and More

Whether you’re trying to eat healthier or trying to get your children to eat healthier, sprucing up your salads can go a long way to making even more delicious and appealing. We’ve compiled this list of 5 things you can do or ingredients you can add to your salad to take it to the next level. Hope you enjoy!

1. Organic Micro Greens

Micro greens, or microgreens, have been around for the past 20 or 30 years, and are growing in popularity as a food. Microgreens consists of the shoots of vegetables that produce salad greens, such as lettuce, kale and beets. By adding microgreens to salads, it can add a new layer of texture and fresh flavor. Organic micro greens are ideally the way to go, as you’ll ensure you get fresh farm-to-table excellence. Check out the nearest specialty produce market near you to make sure they are stocking organic micro greens.

2. Candied Flowers

There are around 100 types of edible flowers commonly known of, which comes as a surprise to many people. These flowers can be bought candied, usually coated in a thin layer of egg whites and sugar. These delicious flowers can be added to your salads to bring some excellent color and taste to the dish. These are harder to come by, but well worth it if you can get ahold of some!

3. Fruit

Adding fruit to a salad can bring a sweetness to it that helps ensure you don’t over do it with the dressing. In addition, it can really flesh out the colors of your salad, which makes it more visually appealing. Plus, we all know how delicious fruit is! Try adding apple slices, peaches, pears or even dried fruit to your next salad!

4. Try a Different Cheese

Many of us find ourselves in food routines that can be hard to break out of. Do you normally find yourself adding a bag of shredded cheddar cheese to your salads? No shame in that! But you might find that going for a different kind of cheese can add a lot to your salads. Sprinkle some bleu or feta cheese, or see if your market of choice has an artisan cheese section, and you can really go wild.

5. Protein

Many homemade salads are missing a key ingredient: protein. Whether you decide to go with a modest amount of meat, or add beans or tofu, some form of protein can do a lot of good in a salad. Chopped bacon, ham or chicken can go great in a salad. Likewise, garbanzo beans, black beans and seasoned tofu can bring a healthier flavor of protein to the mix.

So, what do you think? Have any other suggestions? Hopefully these ingredients will help make your salads a more popular option when it comes to lunches and dinners. We could all do with some healthier meal choices!

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Francis Pitt

Francis Pitt has made a name for himself in farm-to-table organics, working at restaurants in Portland, Seattle and Burlington, Vermont. While he has a taste for the extreme, most of his restaurant’s top sellers are much more down-to-earth, regularly featuring mushrooms gathered from the slopes of the Cascades, and fresh wild-caught seafood from the Oregon coast. Inspired by trends in Portland, his latest restaurant offers the ultimate chef’s table: dinner begins in the morning at his island collective farm, and 4 lucky guests every week get to follow the food, literally, from the field to the plate! Francis is a firm believer that you are what you eat — do you really want to be a chemistry set?