Simple Side Salads – Green Power

Simple side salads can be very diverse. It doesn’t have to be an end all be all on one kind. You can constantly change it up to make it different. Green salads are a great source of vitamins and minerals depending on how they are purchased. In my house we eat salad a good bit, the kids even love salad. Which I am very thankful for.

Store-Bought Bag Salad

Ingredients:

  1. Store-bought salad mix of your choice
  2. Salad dressing of your choice

With this salad mix, you can just go to the store and buy a general salad mix. Then add your salad dressing choice, toss it around and serve alongside a meal. This is a great shortcut for a side salad.

With the shortness in prep for this salad, you lose some nutrition with this type of salad. Bagged salad mixes are packaged with a mixture of gasses known as a modified atmosphere. This keeps the greens looking fresh and great to eat, but that is also why the bagged salad mix is packaged in a puffed up bag. This leaves little to no nutrition in the green leafy greens in the bag. But hey, I am not to judge I love a good quick bag salad on the fly if that’s what we have to do that night.

Basic Iceberg Lettuce Salad

Ingredients:

  1. Head of iceberg lettuce
  2. Dressing of your choice

Simply put iceberg lettuce as a whole doesn’t pack a punch in the nutrient department, but it does have many other benefits. Iceberg lettuce is low in fiber, however, it is very high in vitamin A, vitamin K, vitamin C, folate, and calcium. Iceberg lettuce is also has a high water content, which can be great in hot weather to help keep hydrated.

Overall, while I would consider this the most basic salad, being just lettuce and dressing, I would still consider this beneficial.

Homemade Salad

This is one of my favorite homemade salad recipes. It may not be your style and modify it as need be, please just make it to your taste.

Ingredients:

  1. 1 head of iceberg lettuce chopped
  2. 1/2 bag of fresh carrots, fresh and finely chopped (or matchstick cut carrots)lettuce ends
  3. 1 can of black olives, sliced and rinsed
  4. 1 can of baby corn, diced up
  5. 1/4 onion diced
  6. 1 pint of cherry tomatoes sliced in half
  7. 1 cucumber peeled and chopped
  8. 1/2 cup of grated cheese
  9. As many croutons as you like, this a subject for each individual.
  10. Salt and pepper
  11. Salad dressing choice.

To break your head of lettuce you want to bang the stem on the counter, stem down. This should break the head from the stem. Then tear out the stem and hard parts that are attached and throw away or keep in a bag in the freezer for a stock. Make sure you have a big enough bowl to put all ingredients into with room to toss. You want to make sure that every part of the salad gets a touch of the dressing and all the fixings.

Arugula

Arugula is a deep leafy green with a peppery taste. It is low in sugar, calories, carbohydrates, and fat. It’s high in several vital nutrients. It is high in calcium, potassium. folate, vitamin C, vitamin K, and vitamin A.

Arugula can be used to substitute almost and other leafy green in a salad. It has a distinctive taste and crunch. It can also be added to any salad for extra flair. Did you know that arugula flower and seeds are edible, along with the leaf?

Ingredients for a simple arugula salad:

  1. 2 bunches of arugula washed and torn
  2. 1/4c of extra virgin olive oil
  3. 1/2 of a lemon, juiced
  4. A shredded chunk of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  5. Salt and pepper to taste.

Put all ingredients in a bowl toss well to mix and salad is ready!

Homemade Dressing Recipes

Ranch is a fan favorite in our house. This is how we make our ranch in a big batch being a large family. This will only last a short time, so you can double it.

Ranch Dressing:

  • 1tablespoon of Hidden Valley Ranch Mix
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1 cup of mayonnaise (for my personal preference, I would use Duke’s mayo here, but you can use Kraft real mayo)

In a bowl mix all the ingredients well, cover or pour into a salad dressing mixer and let sit for at least 1-2 hours in the refrigerator. This can keep for about 2 weeks in the refrigerator.

Homemade Vinaigrette:

  • 1/4 cup of cider vinegar
  • 3/4 cup of olive oil
  • Salt and pepper

This is a super basic vinaigrette. You can spice it up by adding fresh minced garlic, onion, honey. Experiment with this, and find what you like.

Honey mustard dressing:

  • 1/4 cup mayo
  • 1 tablespoon of mustard
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon of lemon juice

In a small bowl, mix all of this together. This is a dressing that, the longer it sits, the better it gets. You can also use instead of any store bought honey mustard you might use for chicken tenders or nuggets for the kids.

oil and vinegar with salad

Salad Is Awesome

As I have said, we love salad in my house. Green leafy greens can have many benefits to your body, whether it is just mostly water and/or vitamin-based. Salad can get boring to eat if you do not switch it up sometimes though. Just a simple leafy green change or a dressing change can make it all new to your family.  Add in a new vegetable, or try a new dressing. Try a different cheese, add extra pepper, or more vinegar. Really, it all is what you want it to taste like. If you are looking for recipes for simple side salad recipes, I hope this has met your needs to get a basic idea and let your creative mind take over. There is really no right or wrong with add-ins.

Pro tip here: You also need to make sure that your lettuce/leafy greens are dry, no matter what kind, after rinsing. I like to use a salad spinner like this one. Drying your salad is important to retain the freshness of flavor and crunch.

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6 thoughts on “Simple Side Salads – Green Power”

  1. These are so simple. Thank you for sharing this resource. Do you have any tips for preparing bagged salad. I get concerned about preservatives used on them to keep them fresh.

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    • My best advice for a bag salad, is to simply buy it when you plan to use it. Even though it may say washed/ready to eat, I would wash it again. Main thing here with bag salad is to not let it sit in the refrigerator. Be prompt about purchase and consuming along with washing.

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  2. Simple Side Salads sounds yummy, I am big into eating salads this time of the year. You have provided me some new ideas on how to spice up my salads, I thank you for this article and I look forward to your next article to learn more

    Jeff

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  3. Amazing and simple salad recipes which I feel anyone can give it a go and it is super healthy too. I am going to try the homemade salad with the home made dressing, and I’m already looking forward to this nutritious side to my main meal. Thank you for this unique but healthy post.

    Best Regards

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    • Yes, try your own homemade salad and dressing. The freshness is something that can’t be compared to store bought dressings. Enjoy!

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