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Read Susan's Foodie Lit review of William Alexander's 52 Loaves.

How to make a not boring salad


How to make your salad not-boring? Add colors, textures and contrast into your salad. Try including fruits, nuts, cheese or different greens. 


The most common and popular salad is lettuce with tomato, cucumber and a bit of carrot. Ok. It's good once in a while, but not very interesting. And, let's face it, this important side dish can be boring!

Here are ideas to make your salad exciting! 

1. Think Color- fruits and vegetables are naturally beautiful, so use a variety. Sometimes it's as simple as buying rainbow carrots instead of the orange. We eat with our eyes first.

2. Think Textures- crunchy nuts or apples, soft zucchini noodles, creamy beans, firm cheeses, chewy dried fruit. The possibilities are endless!

3. Think Contrast in Flavor- Sweet and salty, bitter and sour. A combination of flavor adds excitement to the palate.

4. Think New- try a different lettuce each week or vegetable. Even try making your own salad dressing.

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Eat, Read and Dream is my forthcoming cookbook with Geri Clouston, inspired by my Foodie Lit columns. Available on Aug. 22 on Amazon. So exited to share with you!

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