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How to Make Green Salads

Updated on September 7, 2010

One of the best things about salads is that there are so many different ways to make them. I love going to a restaurant with a great salad bar, because I always get ideas for new things to try in salad creations.

As a child, I thought all salads consisted of iceberg lettuce, shredded carrots, tomatoes, croutons, and thousand island dressing. I still enjoy these types of salads, but am very glad that I am now aware that there are as many ways to make salads as there are vegetables, toppings, and dressings!

I have to admit that I love using the pre-chopped, pre-sorted salad in a bag products. I like these items because I like to mix together several different types of lettuce in a single salad, along with baby spinach. I'm the only salad eater in my house, and I usually end up with a lot of waste if I purchase enough individual heads of lettuce to get the variety I prefer.

My two favorite homemade salad recipes are taco salad and a general green salad with veggies and other toppings.

Homemade Taco Salad Recipe

I spread a mixture of chopped romaine and iceberg lettuce on a plate, spoon on a generous helping of homemade chili, and then sprinkle shredded cheddar of the top. I top the cheese with diced fresh tomatoes and a dollop of sour cream. This recipe is easy, delicious, and healthy!

My Favorite Green Salad Recipe

To make a green salad, I mix together whatever types of lettuce and/or baby spinach that I have on hand. I prefer a combination of romaine and iceberg lettuces, spring mix, and baby spinach. I like this mixture so much that I could (and often have) eat it by itself, with just a little bit of ranch dressing.

However, it's even better with toppings! My favorite green salad toppings include:

  • Diced tomatoes
  • Diced cucumbers
  • Sliced red onions
  • Sliced bell pepper
  • Sliced fresh mushrooms
  • Garbanzo beans (also known as chickpeas beans)
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Shredded Parmesan cheese
  • Squares of jalapeno cheese

Of course, I don't use all of these every time I make a salad. If you see me at a super salad bar, though, you'll probably see a salad overflowing with every one of these ingredients, and probably even a few others!


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    lovegreens22 5 years ago

    I love salads and any kind of greens but has anyone ever tried a herb salad? Depending on what kind of herbs you like you can throw in a salad but if your a salad lover like myself and also like fresh herbs try this...Baby spinach rough chopped, 1 bunch of fresh flat leave parsley (chopped and stems off) 1 bunch of fresh cilantro (chopped and stems off)2 cups of watercress, 1 fresh basil leaf finely chopped, and one small shallot. Mix all greens together and dress it with olive oil, lime juice, and salt and pepper to's very good!!

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    Mary White 7 years ago from Mobile, AL

    Ray, you are correct about that! Thanks for catching my error! I just fixed it. :)

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    Ray Yates 7 years ago

    Nice and tasty, but where I grew up it was Chick Peas that were the same as Garbonzo Beans and White Kidney Beans were the same as Cannelini Beans. Either way they still make for a great salad.