A lot of people consider iceberg lettuce the standard for salads. Iceberg lettuce has practically no nutritional value. Consider using leaf lettuce,  romaine or maybe Boston lettuce. Leaf lettuce contains the highest amount of vitamins within the lettuce family with romaine coming a close second. Why not throw in a little spinach too and make your salad not only taste good, but highly nutritional as well.

Salads using cold meat or chicken aren't considered just a salad. These kind of salads can be considered the main course. A nice variation is to serve the meat/chicken straight off the grill and on top of cold crisp greens. This kind of salad will fill you up just like the traditional meat/potatoes/vegetables dinner, so don't be afraid of only having a salad for dinner!

To keep lettuce fresh and crisp, wash it, then dry it well with either a salad spinner, or you can take the head apart and roll up in a towel and let the towel absorb the water. When its dry, place the lettuce in a zip lock bag. Place a dry paper towel in the bag, so that any moisture from the lettuce will be absorbed by the towel. You'll be surprised at how long the lettuce will remain fresh !

  Always remember if you are going to have tomatoes in your salad, put them in just before you're about to serve the salad. The moisture from the tomatoes are a sure way to have soggy lettuce.

  A nice ingredient to add a little something different to a salad is sunflower seeds or slivered almonds. They add a nice bit of crunch to the salad. And don't forget the sliced hot pepper rings for a little zip.

 Visit Side Dishes and Salads for salads made from beans, rice, and pasta.



Try a new dressing for your salad instead of the same old bottled dressing, or try a new salad all together! 

Basil Vinaigrette
Blue Cheese Salad Dressing
Chicken Salad with Cashews
Cranberry Vinaigrette
Creamy Dill Dressing
Creamy Salad Dressing
Fresh Cucumber Salad
GF Grilled Chicken Mandarin Salad with Sweet & Sour Dressing

Greek Peasant Salad
Greek Salad

Lesley's Creamy Dressing

Mixed Green Salad with Balsamic Raspberry Vinaigrette
Spicy Tomato Dressing
Thai Beef Salad
Three Cheese Salad Dressing
Ultimate Caesar