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There’s Nothing Wrong With Salad

2012 06 19 JarSalad2 Theres Nothing Wrong With SaladHave you ever had a salad? Well, that’s a silly question; of course you have! As vegans/vegetarians we are often categorized under rabbits – all we eat is plants, or in other words, salads. What people are often mistaking is that while salads can be rather boring, they don’t have to be. But besides, how often can you truly say you’d eat a salad as a main meal?

From experience, and I’m sure others can back me up on this one, eating a vegan/vegetarian often leads itself to better health practices, as imagined. Now I’m sure this isn’t shocking to most, but for some, it’s hard to believe that anyone could simply live off salad.

Live off salad? Well rabbits do it, but heck we don’t even need to but surely we could if we really wanted to. There are so many combinations that the possibilities seem endless. You can’t  go wrong with whole foods!

Though salads are good here and there, but I’m doubtful of anyone who lives off it alone! Even so, there are a variety of salad options like kale, collard greens or spinach as opposed to just lettuce that can be substituted or mixed in with it, for that increase the nutritional content, as well.

The truth is, salads can be just as boring as you make them. For vegan options, opt out of dairy dressings like Ranch or Cesar (contains anchovies, as well!) and stick to Italian, olive oil and balsamic vinegar, French, Poppy Seed and vinaigrettes, to name a few. You can even make your own (get recipes here) or buy vegan dressings that wouldn’t normally be vegan at a health food store.

Plus, adding all sorts of fruits and vegetables to your salads can only enhance the taste further.

  • Avocado
  • Cucumber
  • Carrot
  • Celery
  • Mushroom
  • Onion
  • Pepper (red, orange, green, or yellow)
  • Tomato
  • Apples
  • Oranges
  • Pineapple
  • Strawberries
  • Raisins
  • Assorted Dried Fruit like cranberries

You can even add nuts or seeds!

  • Sunflower seeds
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Almonds
  • Cashews
  • Pine Nuts
  • Walnuts

The best for last, the protein filled add-ons. Skip the chicken and opt out for a vegan option. You will not only be cutting calories, but cholesterol!

  • Beans (navy, black, kidney, white, edamame, pinto, cannellini, butter beans, or chick peas to name a few)
  • Pasta
  • Quinoa
  • Tempeh
  • Tofu
  • Meatless meats

To garnish, why not top it off with some nutritional yeast for that subtle cheese flavor or black pepper and lemon?

Did you know most bacon bits were vegan? To be sure, check the ingredients. Betty Crocker Bac-o’s Bacon Flavor Bits are. Add those babies and you have yourself a healthful salad that even meat eaters will love!

Though traditionally vegans/vegetarians don’t eat salad more than once a day or as a side along with a main course, it can also make a cheap, healthy dinner. And yes, salads don’t have to be boring; they can come to life with colorful veggies, fruits, and protein rich foods. That doesn’t sound like a dull meal to me. Besides, it’s vitamin filled and loaded with your dietary needs.

For an on-the-go meal, layer your toppings/add ons in a mason jar!

Enjoy!

 

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