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Sensational Salads

Updated on October 10, 2014

Sensational Salads For Everyone!

Hands up everyone who thinks that salads are boring! Well, I'm here to prove you wrong! I want to show you lots of great ideas for healthy salads as well as some that might be classed as a little more calorific.

When the weather gets warmer there is nothing I enjoy preparing and eating than a colourful and fresh salad! I like the fact that there are virtually no rules as to what goes into a salad. All manner of vegetables, fruit, pasta and pulses can be combined to make the most Sensational Salads!

You can choose between cold and warm salads, vegetable and fruit salads, pasta and bean salads, lentil and rice salads. The combination of ingredients to make a sensational salad is almost endless, so please don't assume that a few lettuce leafs and tomatoes will do.

Caesar Salad | Garlic Dressed Green Salad | Quick And Tasty Greek Salad | Crunchy Coleslaw

Salad Greens

Lettuces And Leafs For Use As Salad Ingredients

When salad greens are mentioned you could be excused for automatically thinking 'lettuce'. Yes, lettuce leaves are probably amongst the most favorite salad ingredients but there are other greens that are widely used to enhance the flavour of your salad.

Salad Greens - Lettuces

Cos Lettuce - Cos lettuce (also called Romaine Lettuce) has a firm texture and a slightly nutty flavor and is a favorite when making Caesar Salad.

Little Gem - A small, compact lettuce with a firm heart and a disinct flavor, good served in wedges in your salad.

Iceberg Lettuce - Perhaps the most common of salad lettuces is the iceberg. It is fairly mild in flavor but does have a nice, crunchy texture and is good when mixed in with stronger flavored leaves.

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Lollo Rosso - A loose leaf salad lettuce, mild in flavor but with a wonderful purple-red color to add visual contrast to your salad. Because it is mild in flavor it is best mixed with stronger flavored salad leaves.


Lollo Biondo - Similar in flavor to lollo rosso, it has an pretty, curly edge to give your salad a nice visual attraction.

Oak Leaf Lettuce - A loose leafed lettuce with a mild flavor and leaves ranging in color from pale green through pink to a deep maroon.


The Chicory Family

Curly Endive and Escarole - have a distinct, slightly bitter flavor and are best combined with sweeter, milder leaves.

Batavian Endive - similar to Escarole but with a slightly sweeter taste which can withstand a well flavored dressing.

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Lambs Lettuce (Corn Salad) - this is a delicious sweet flavored leaf that makes a wonderful addition to a salad. It's also great on its own when used as a garnish for other dishes.

Rocket - This little leaf has grown in popularity, it has a nice, distinct almost peppery-lemon flavor which goes great with any of the milder leaves.

Spinach - Baby spinach leaves make a fantastic salad. Either mix them with other salad leaves or use them on their own. They are extremely nutricious, being a good source of iron and vitamions A, B and C when eaten raw.

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Watercress - A strong tasting salad leaf with a peppery flavor. Excellent when mixed with milder flavored leaves.

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Simple Green Salad

This simple garlic dressed green salad is a great accompaniment to many dishes and goes particularly well with my Cool Capsicum & Rice Vegetarian Layer

Ingredients

  • 1 small iceberg lettuce
  • 1 bag of watercress
  • ½ head of Chinese leaf
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • FOR THE GARLIC DRESSING
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp mustard powder
  • 1 ½ tbs white wine vinegar
  • 4 tbs extra virgin olive oil

Instructions

  1. How To Make The Garlic Dressed Green Salad
  2. Tear the lettuce leaves and arrange in a bowl with the sliced Chinese leaf. Add the bag of watercress. Cut the avocado in half, remove the stone and scoop the flesh from the skin with a rounded spoon. Chop into 2cm squares, add to the salad and toss well.
  3. How To Make The Garlic Dressing
  4. Put the peeled garlic, salt and mustard powder in a mortar and crush to a paste. Stir in the vinegar and oil and whisk thoroughly. Pour over the salad, toss well and serve.
  5. Make this salad just before serving as peeled avocado will quickly discolour and putting the dressing on in advance will make the salad wilt.
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The Salad Spinner - Makes drying your salad easier and quicker!

Every kitchen should have a salad spinner! They are so much easier than trying to dry your washed salad with a clean towel or kitchen paper.

OXO Good Grips  Salad Spinner
OXO Good Grips Salad Spinner

I really like this salad spinner because I have a bit of arthritis in my fingers but I find this easy and comfortable to use.

Once you have spun the lettuce you can remove the inner bowl and dump out the water. Salad leaves end up clean and dry, which means that the dressings stick better to the leaves. You can even use the bowl to serve a salad or store lettuce in the inner bowl.

 

Quick and Tasty Greek Salad

Quick and tasty Greek Salad is a lovely savoury salad and really easy to prepare. It makes a great lunch dish and is also the perfect accompaniment to my Slow Cooked Greek Lamb.

Ingredients

  • 175 g feta cheese chopped into small cubes
  • ½ cubed cucumber
  • 1 onion cut into thin rings
  • 5 vine ripened tomatoes cut into eighths (or use cherry tomatoes
  • halved)
  • 50 g black or green olives
  • Seasoning
  • FOR THE SALAD DRESSING
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 4 tbs Greek olive oil

Instructions

  1. How To Make Quick And Tasty Greek Salad
  2. Simply mix all the greek salad ingredients together in a bowl and season. Whisk the lemon juice into the oil and pour over the salad just before serving.

Salad Vegetables

Add Crunch And Texture To Your Salad With Vegetables

Salad leaves and lettuces will often form the basis of a salad but almost all vegetables can be used either as part of the salad or the main ingredient of the salad.

Many of the salad recipes will use vegetables which are simply prepared and raw but they can also be used steamed or grilled to add an interesting dimension to your salad.

Celery - I love to eat celery on its own and prefer it when it is a darker green, but finely sliced white or green celery makes a great addition to a salad.

Fennel - use it raw, cut into fine strips and add it to mixed salads. Fennel has a distinct aniseed flavor and tastes best with more bland vegetables and a creamy dressing.

Cucumber - clean, crisp and cooling - cucumber is excellent in many salad dishes with a well flavored dressing.

Carrot and Cabbage - shred them and mix together with a dressing for the ever popular coleslaw.

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Courgette - young courgettes are great simply thinly sliced and combined with a yoghurt dressing.

Onions and Spring Onions - my personal favorite is red onion, thinly sliced. They are excellent in tomato salads with a good olive oil dressing.

Peppers - these are such a versatile salad vegetable. Slice them and add them raw to mixed or bean salads, or, roast or grill them and serve with garlic, tomatoes and olive oil to make a rich Italian salad.

Green Beans - these can be trimmed and cooked for a few minutes until just tender. Add to other green salads or make a superb salad by combining with chopped tomatoes, onions and garlic.

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Mushrooms - great for providing texture to a salad. Wipe clean with a damp kitchen towel and slice thinly for use in mixed salads, or, for a more unusual side salad, combine with peanuts and avocado.

Asparagus - steam them until tender and add to green salads for a real luxury flavor.

Avocado - makes a wonderful addition to mixed green salads. Sprinkle the flesh with lemon juice after slicing to prevent it discoloring.

Tomatoes - Tomatoes for me are an essential salad ingredient! I love those which have ripened on the vine, they have a much better flavor. Try combining different colored tomatoes to add visual attraction to salads.

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Raw Vegetables Make Great Salad Ingredients

why not try using some of the different types of vegetables available next time you make a salad.

Crunchy Coleslaw

I love the fresh crunch of this coleslaw, and it makes a wonderful accompaniment to lots of dishes. Why not try it on top of a steaming baked potato or on the side with a juicy burger.

If you don't like the idea of the parsley in the coleslaw just leave it out, and just add as much of the dressing as is right for your taste. I use the light mayonnaise and yoghurt to cut down on the calories a bit, but if this isn't an issue for you then you may just want to use mayonnaise on its own as a dressing.

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 white cabbage
  • 1/4 red cabbage
  • 2 medium / large carrots
  • 1 red onion
  • 2 tbs roughly chopped parsley (optional)
  • 3 tbs mayonnaise
  • 3 tbs plain yoghurt

Instructions

  1. Finely shred the vegetables an mix together with the parsley in a large salad bowl.
  2. Mix together the mayonnaise and the yoghurt and toss the dressing through the coleslaw mix.
  3. Leave to stand for at least 1/2 hour before serving.

Shred, Grate and Chop Your Salad Ingredients With Ease

Presto 02970 Professional SaladShooter Electric Slicer/Shredder, White
Presto 02970 Professional SaladShooter Electric Slicer/Shredder, White

If, like me, your knife skills aren't that great then you should try one of these to make easy work of your shredding and slicing for your salad. It is especially useful when making the coleslaw above.

This handy little chopper slices, shreds, grates, and chops vegetables, fruits, cheese, and more. It has a wide food chamber so can cope with just about most things and comes with four interchangeable cones to make regular slices, thick slices, ripple cuts, and shreds.

 

Herbs And Spices For Salads

Give Your Salad A Zing With The addition Of Herbs And Spices

Herbs are as essential in my salads as the other vegetables and leaves. They not only add a distinctive flavor to a salad, but, when added to dressings or mayonnaise they subtly change the character of a salad.

Herbs are undoubtedly better when fresh, it is easy to buy fresh herbs all year round but for convenience I like to grow them in a tub on the patio, fresh herbs are then always on hand whenever I want to add them to my salads.

Mint - There are so many varieties of mint today that I have difficulty in choosing which ones to grow! They have an unmistakable, clean, fresh taste and add freshness to a salad without masking any of the other flavors.


Thyme - thyme has a characteristic blunt lemon flavour with a heady aroma which can be detected when used in dressings. Use in salads on its own or with parsley, garlic and marjoram.




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Parsley - there are two main types of parsley, curly and flat leaf. When used in sprigs in salads its characteristic flavour is more noticeable and it can enhance a plain green salad. It also adds a pleasant herby taste to salad dressings.

Chives - have a subtle onion flavour which doesn't overpower the whole salad. Snip them over salads or add to dressings and mayonnaise.

Marjoram - sprinkle fresh leaves onto salads or add to dressings.

Tarragon - has a faintly aniseed and vanilla flavour and is best used in salads with fish or eggs, or used to flavour mayonnaise.

Coriander - one of my favourite herbs, it has a distinct flavour and is delicious added to a green salad.

Fruit For Salads

Great for savory salads as well as fruit salads.

Fruit, of course, comes into its own in fruit salads, but there is a place for fruit in many savory salads as well when used to compliment other flavors.

Apples - they have a lovely crisp texture and sweet taste and are fantastic when combined with softer ingredients.

Pears - excellent in all sorts of salads, but do try them with rocket or other strong flavored leaves.

Citrus Fruits - add a nice, tangy sharpness to a salad and they also go well in pasta salads with fennel or celery and a creamy dressing to bring the flavors together.

Pineapple - adds color to your salad and its sweet flavor contrasts well with more bitter salad ingredients.

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Great Ideas For Fruit Salads

MIXED BERRY SALAD

You can use any berries you wan't here depending what is available but this is mainly what I use for a mixed berry salad:

  • 400g strawberries, hulled and halved
  • 250g raspberies
  • 150g blueberries
  • 150g blackberries
  • small bunch mint finely chopped (and a few sprigs for decoration)
  • 3 tbsp elderflower syrup

Wash all of the berries and drain well.

Add the chopped mint and elderflower syrup to the berries. Mix carefully and serve straight away decorated with the mint sprigs.

Your Comments Are Always Welcome

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    • Bercton1 profile image

      Bercton1 4 years ago

      Good Health choice and great salad. I enjoy reading and looking at your lens!

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      MariaB LM 4 years ago

      Raw baby bell peppers are just as good as a snack by themselves.

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      MariaB LM 4 years ago

      Raw baby bell peppers are just as good as a snack by themselves.

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      Shamim Rajabali 4 years ago from Texas

      Will try your coleslaw recipe. I use mayo and white vinegar instead of yoghurt.

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      Bory257 4 years ago

      Mmmm... Excellent!

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      surfingtheweb 4 years ago

      I love salads especially pasta salads in the summertime. Another favorite salad is the greek salad. Love feta cheese and greek olives.

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      Hoanghaiyen 4 years ago

      I love salads. Thanks for great sensational salads, very healthy meal for everyone.

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      Elsie Hagley 4 years ago from New Zealand

      Very nice sensational salads, love my greens, I could eat these every day.

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      kabbalah lm 4 years ago

      I love salads

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      julieannbrady 5 years ago

      Oh my ... I could seriously eat sensational salads every day!

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      eccles1 5 years ago

      I got a SaladShooter Electric Slicer/Shredder as a gift and I love it !

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      Blackspaniel1 5 years ago

      Nice lens

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      djcrue 5 years ago

      one of the most informative lenses that i have read so far is none other than this one

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thanx for the info, nice lens

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Nice lens. Thanks for your information about salad.

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      jolou 5 years ago

      I love salads and your lens is full of good information.

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      LucyEMason 5 years ago

      My favourite lens on Squidoo so far, I love salad!

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      glowchick 5 years ago

      These look great :)

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      KReneeC 5 years ago

      Bravo! Great lens with some amazing ideas! Thanks so much!

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      iamtreehugger 5 years ago

      getting hungry

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      StaCslns 5 years ago

      Great ideas here! Thanks for sharing!

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      dannydeu 5 years ago

      Great lens. this is very detailed. Keep up the good work.

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      mimthemom 5 years ago

      great salad ideas!

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      StrongMay 5 years ago

      All the variations... you can Never NOT have the ingredients for a good salad around the house.

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      fullofshoes 5 years ago

      thanks for a great lens. i love new salad ideas.

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      Amoonlighter2011 6 years ago

      Thank you for all the info on the different types of lettuce! I did no know!

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      Kumarastylez 6 years ago

      i am going to try some of those salads for sure :) very nice lens and good organized!

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      timelapselove 6 years ago

      Yum! I'm definitely gonna try making my own coleslaw. Thumbs up!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great Lens, I love salads!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      had to view this again tonight ... we are trying out some of your ideas tonight for dinner!

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      totalhealth 6 years ago

      what's good about salads is that you can try different ingredients every time and you'll never ran out of different combination. nice lens.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      wow, best pictures ever!

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      WeirdStuff 6 years ago

      Salads are healthy, but sometimes boring. Thanks for the useful tips!

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      MorningBlessings 6 years ago

      Very nice lens....put together well and great info...I LOVE salads!

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      DallasNicole LM 6 years ago

      Great ideas for salad making.. Will try some of what you suggested here!

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      CrazyforCollecting 6 years ago

      A very nice lens. I'm going to keep my eyes open for some of those new-to-me varieties of greens.

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      Petstrel LM 7 years ago

      Great lens with great salad ideas ;)

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      liswilliams 7 years ago

      This is a great lens with good insight to produce

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      KimGiancaterino 8 years ago

      Wow... gorgeous photos! I'm glad to see salad spinners making a comeback too.