What is in a Great Salad? Wish-Bone Helps Us Build a Better Salad
It’s not just about the meat and vegetables — it’s all about the salad itself! And today, we’re going to show you why that is so important — but first, let’s take a look at some of the best ingredients and then discuss how they can elevate your salad game.
One of my favorites is this amazing egg salad from Wishbone. The simple combination of eggs with mayo, cucumbers, tomatoes, onion, balsamic glaze, and dill adds an extra crunch and freshness while still maintaining its creamy consistency. I love having a hard boiled egg salad with toast with a big side salad like roasted peppers or a veggie Caesar in between. You don’t need to be afraid to mix things up — there is nothing wrong with mixing and matching different ingredients. Just make sure to have plenty of dressing on hand for whatever you put on top of the salad.
If you are looking to get more creative, try adding chopped cucumber or avocado to each part of the dish. They add both flavor without taking too much from the rest of the dish. Adding sliced red onions is another way to get additional color. Or if you like a little heat, throw diced bell peppers into the mix. These additions will give the salad freshness and create bold flavors without sacrificing any creaminess.
Now that you’ve seen what makes great salads, here is a recipe that will help you do so as well. Take a chance on this one by turning this salad into something called “in a bowl.” It takes just five minutes to assemble and has a satisfying result. If you’re ready to give it a go yourself, follow along with this step-by-step guide below.
The ultimate ingredient for creating a perfect salad, according to science and nutritionists alike, is the right kind of fish. To really shine, opt for salmon instead of shrimp or sardines. Not only does this particular type of fish pack three times the omega-3s of most other types of fish, but it also provides high levels of protein and nutrients like zinc, iron, vitamin D, selenium, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, and even iodine. This means you won’t have to worry about getting enough omega-3s to support healthy bone health — which could mean better brain function, stronger immune system, lower blood pressure, better heart health, and more!
And while many people think fish should only be cooked in order, scientists are now showing us that poaching fish can actually increase its nutritional value on its own as well. Because the water in the flesh of wild fish contains a lot of oxygen, the cooking process changes the temperature of the cells, making them easier to digest (which leads to less waste byproducts for digestion).
A good rule of thumb when preparing your own salad is to use the same amount of chicken as the amount of fish you plan to eat. When putting together your salad, be careful to measure out exactly the same amount of both. Then simply divide the fish over the lettuce, and then top it with more salad. Soak the salad in a separate container to avoid cross-contamination. Once finished, enjoy on its own or keep as a lunchable appetizer!
Now that we have discussed all the benefits of eating fish, it’s time to talk about some common ways to prepare fish and salad. For example, try chopping up half of the fish that’s left after cutting it open and using it to fill in for your salad. Another popular option is to mix and match the colors of salad and the fish. Rather than choosing two specific colors, mix and match the different parts of the salad or the fish with different combinations.
If you are feeling adventurous, feel free to swap out one of the components in your recipe for a new one and see what happens. Think of it as trying to figure out how to fit a square peg into a round hole! There are several techniques you can use to enhance the taste of a classic grilled or baked fish. Some examples include: marinating the skin on the outside and inside with seasoning or zesting with herbs
adding a lemon drizzle to the interior to add sweetness
adding saltwater or white wine on the bottom for added umami
adding breadcrumbs to serve as a garnish
I hope you enjoyed reading this article on food and recipes and have gotten inspired to start planning out your next dinner party! Whether you are hosting or you’re enjoying your favorite comfort foods, trust me, the power of starting small is what sets your meal apart from others. Start with something easy and delicious like grilled fish with mashed potatoes or a vegetarian burger with grilled veggies, then build up from there! Now isn’t that the key to success?