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Satisfying Center-Plate Salads

I try to eat a salad every day. Not only are they the easiest way for me to make sure I get enough veggies in my diet, but there are so many different ways to enjoy salad that it’s hard to get tired of them.

You might only consider salad when trying to round out a meat-based dinner, but salads can shine as the main dish. By switching up the ingredients from fruits to herbs to beans, you can create an entirely new flavor combination that keeps your salads exciting.

Think beyond that tiny side-salad plate and go big with our favorite techniques and recipes.

Add Fruit

Strawberries, oranges, blueberries and avocados (yes, they’re a fruit!) are bright bursts of flavor that pair well with leafy greens. Simply add diced or segmented pieces, or whisk juice into salad dressing.

Add Grains

Grains help add bulk to a salad, helping to fill you up. Quinoa is a natural choice, as its protein content is great for rounding out a main-dish salad, but also try wild rice or bulgur.


Add Beans

Beans are delicious in salads, especially when using a bright dressing that complements their earthy  flavor. If using canned beans, rinse them well before adding to your salad.


Add the Unexpected

The sky’s the limit when it comes to salad, so don’t feel boxed in by what’s typical. Try leaving out the lettuce, and go for ingredients like seaweed or cashews for full flavor.

Want more ways to brighten up your plate and palate? Check out our Healthy Eating guide, with tips on smart shopping, simple cooking techniques.

Do you love a big salad? Share your favorite add-ins!