MyPlate, reminds us to make half our plate fruits and vegetables. Fruits or sweet-tasting veggies are a great way to kick up the taste quotient in salads.
Some new salad combinations you might not have tried:
- Dark greens, pears and beets – add a dash of balsamic vinegar and you have a great combination of “bite” that is sweet and tart. Some nuts would add nice crunch to this.
- Dark greens, roasted butternut squash and red pepper – roasting caramelizes the squash adding a nice sweet flavor. Balsamic vinegar really sings with this salad combination.
- Dark greens, whole wheat couscous, onions and roasted butternut squash – add a curry yogurt dressing for a different flavor.
You can add cooked or grilled chicken to any of the salads above to make them more tasty and satisfying.
Find other seasonal fruit and vegetable recipes in MU Extension's Seasonal and Simple guide.
For more info about healthy salads, go to http://missourifamilies.org/features/nutritionarticles/nut227.htm
Contributor: Ellen Schuster, M.S., R.D., Associate State Specialist, University of Missouri Extension, email@example.com, 573-882-1933