Today I’m sharing all of my favorite salad toppings, fillings, and more in one giant blog post. I promise you now, that if you give it a try, this just might rock your salad eating world. For the fun of it, I made you a video to show how I do this. Check it out!
- VEGETABLE OPTIONS: any combination of the below ingredients will keep nicely for several days in the refrigerator
- chopped greens: typically a mix of romaine spring mix, spinach, arugula, or butter lettuce (rarely all of them, just whichever ones I have on hand at the time)
- tomatoes: sliced or chopped
- cucumber: sliced or chopped I often remove the seeds, but it isn’t required
- corn: canned frozen, or fresh
- bell peppers: sliced thin or chopped small
- red onions: sliced thin
- green onions: sliced thin
- PROTEIN OPTIONS:
- ground beef or ground turkey: cooked and seasoned generously with Mexican spices or taco seasoning
- taco meat with black beans and corn
- pulled pork or carnitas: shredded and chopped bite-size
- cooked or roasted chicken: shredded or diced
- ham: diced
- hard boiled eggs: chopped
- canned tuna fish: drained well
- cooked shrimp or fish
- beans: black kidney, or pinto beans
- TOPPING OPTIONS:
- cheese: shredded diced, or crumbled
- avocado: sliced or diced
- fruits: diced apples or pears orange slices, fresh berries
- plenty of crunch: croutons tortilla chips, or my personal favorite Fritos
- fresh lime
- salt and pepper
- salad dressing of your choice: Italian Poppyseed, White Balsamic Vinaigrette, and the absolute BEST Homemade Ranch Dressing are a few of our favorites.
- Prep the vegetables and place in serving size containers. (I use these containers and these containers to store prepped salads. Add a paper towel to each box to help the produce last longer. Place in the refrigerator until ready to eat.
- WHEN READY TO EAT:
- Warm the protein of your choice and chop bite-size, if needed. Add the protein to the pre-made salad greens and vegetables. Add the toppings of your choice. Squeeze lime generously over the salad, sprinkle with salt and pepper. Or toss with your favorite salad dressing. Enjoy!
Try topping your salads with these combinations: Carnitas (or pulled pork), avocado, cotija cheese, lime, salt, and pepper Grilled chicken, bacon, hard-boiled egg, cheddar cheese, ranch dressing Chicken, berries, feta cheese, almonds or walnuts, poppyseed dressing Tuna fish, strawberries, avocado, lime, salt, and pepper Chicken or bacon, red grapes, shaved parmesan cheese, candied walnuts, white balsamic dressing Taco meat, beans, corn, avocado, shredded Mexican cheese blend, lime, salt, pepper * don't forget to add plenty of crunch to each salad!