I really have to thank my aunt for introducing and cultivating the love for vegetables during my childhood. I enjoy vegetables so much that I almost think I am a herbivore.
My husband and I are very different as to what we grew up eating. He is more of a meat and potato/fat juicy beef burger lover kind of guy but I am somewhat a part time vegan. Vegetables are such foreign objects to him. While we love each other to piece, we are not always in agreement when it comes to food.
For years, I have made an effort to sneak in all the healthy stuff in his food (almost the same way you trick a toddler to eat veggies) because I have a concern about his Cholesterol (genetic in his family). Ten years later, I can say my effort has finally paid off. He embraces more green than he ever has his entire life. He requests salad for dinner twice a week (either with baked chicken or salmon). Seeing him gobble down a big bowl of homemade salad got my eyes teary (okay I am being totally exaggerated).
My favorite salad at Schlotsky's was Cranberry, Apple, Pecan & Chicken. Oh man I can eat that thing every day. There is something yummy about the combination of nut, crisp green lettuce and dried cranberry that got me addicted. However, it can get pricey plus sometimes lettuces at the restaurants are not always the freshest.
Thus I decided to take this matter into my own hands and make homemade salad. Fun, yum, fresher, much healthier and more hygienic.
1) Whole organic lettuces (those ready to eat kind are not as fresh and crisp). Per my finding, Romaine lettuce is the healthiest kind).
4) Fruits: my husband and I are not big fan of salad dressing. We always eat dry salad (weird I know but at least we don't have to worry about extra calories). In order to make our salad extra flavorful and keep it natural. I add fruits such as grapes, orange, pear or berries. They are great substitute.
5) Avocado for creamy texture. Do you know that eating Avocado with your salad help your body absorb vitamins and minerals more efficiently?
6) Quinoa / roasted beetroot / Pita chips
The key to keep healthy salad healthy is not to overdo on nuts/dried cranberry and fruits. One handful of each category is perfect.
It does take extra time and effort to make things from scratch but it really is worth it. We think our salad is an ultimate healthy salad out there and we enjoy it a lot.