Salad is healthy, colorful, and delicious. However, many kids and grown adults sometimes find it a little bland. But these easy additions will make everybody at the dinner table eager to grab seconds. Whether you’re serving a small side salad or trying to make lettuce the star player of dinnertime, it’s good to know these exciting ways to dress up a boring salad.
Before you reach for a bag of hard, crunchy store-bought croutons, you should know that making your own is easy, delicious, and fun. Simply cut your bread of choice into small cubes; coat them with olive oil; season them with salt, pepper, Italian seasoning, or even some everything bagel seasoning; and bake at 375 for 15 to 20 minutes.
Homemade croutons are great because they have the exact flavors you want them to have. Plus, that crunchy-on-the-outside, soft-on-the-inside texture is leagues better than anything you’ll find in a bag.
A Bold Dressing
Dressing and greens is as iconic a pairing as french fries and ketchup or pancakes and syrup. When you have a salad, you generally expect some form of dressing on it. Thankfully, dressing is also one of the most exciting ways to dress up a salad. Some folks like a simple dash of oil and vinegar on their salads, but you can also make something bolder, such as a miso-ginger dressing. No matter what you prefer, the flavor options on offer are the best ways to give your lettuce an extra kick.
Texture is just as vital as flavor, and an excellent way to add a nice crunch to your salad is with some roasted nuts. Classic peanuts, almond slivers, or cashews all bring distinct flavors to mix up the vegetables and add neutral colors to the presentation. Options such as cashew cheese also work for vegans who still want to get that cheesy flavor and texture in their dish.
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Erika Marie is a fashion and beauty writer as well as a hardcore vintage clothing enthusiast. In her free time, she can be found thrifting for hidden gems to add to her collection.