How to Build The Ultimate Salad

Spring is HERE, and whether it’s warming up or still cold in your neck of the woods, it gives us hope of warmer days, sun shining, sunglasses, and short sleeves; does it not? Ah man, that sounds good!

What better way to kick of the first days of Spring than with the ultimate salad guide from American Express and me? I’ve been all about my chopped salads lately and now have a method to the madness.

Choose a base: Leafy Greens

Add your favorite Veggies & Fruits

Don’t forget some Healthy Fats

Add your source of Protein

Top it off with some Crunch and Flavorful Additions

Dress the salad and enjoy!

See, you simply need all of these things: A leafy green of course, your protein, veggies, fruit, something crunchy, flavor additions, and of course, a delicious dressing!

How To Build The Ultimate Salad | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

How To Build The Ultimate Salad

Ingredients

  • Leafy Greens: 1-2 cups
  • Kale
  • Spinach
  • Mixed Greens
  • Lettuce
  • Romaine
  • Arugula

Fruits and Veggies

  • Avocado (healthy fats)
  • Tomato
  • Red Onion
  • Caramelized onion
  • Cucumber
  • Carrots
  • Green Onion
  • Grilled Eggplant
  • Peppers
  • Mushrooms
  • Broccoli
  • Beets
  • Roasted Red Peppers
  • Artichokes
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Butternut Squash
  • Apples
  • Pear
  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Oranges
  • Pineapple
  • Grapes

Flavor Add-Ons & Crunchy Additions

  • Raisins
  • Dried Cranberries
  • Bacon
  • Raw Nuts (healthy fats)
  • Candied Nuts (healthy fats)
  • Seeds (healthy fats)
  • Tortilla Chips
  • Cheese
  • Beans: chickpeas, black beans, edemame

Proteins

  • Steak
  • Shrimp
  • Wild Salmon
  • Organic Chicken
  • Hard-Boiled Eggs

Dressing

  • Oil (olive, avocado, walnut) & Vinegar (Balsamic Vinegar, Red Wine Vinegar, Apple Cider Vinegar)
  • Salsa
  • Ginger Dressing
  • Lemon Vinaigrette
  • Strawberry Dressing

Instructions

  • Choose a base
  • Add your favorite veggies & fruits
  • Don't forget some healthy fats
  • Add your source of protein
  • Top it off with some crunch and flavorful additions
  • Dress the salad and enjoy!
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