Add Some Crunch to Salads

Our family is a salad family. My kids devour Caesar Salad as well ChiChi’s Italian Salad. And my husband and I can easily polish off a batch of Broccoli Slaw all by ourselves.

One thing that we love in salads is a little bit of crunch.

Croutons are a great way to add crunch. However, packaged croutons, though shelf stable, aren’t super healthy what with all the sodium and preservatives. And homemade croutons, though delicious, don’t last long in there here parts.

That’s why I love nuts and seeds to add crunch to salad.

Not only are they an easy pantry staple to keep on hand, but a little goes a long way. Consider topping your next salad with chopped walnuts, toasted pecans, sliced almonds, sunflower seeds, or pepitas. They add great texture and flavor to any salad.

How do you like to top your salads?


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Comments

  1. Debbi Does Dinner Healthy says:

    I love broccoli slaw. I tend just to add as many veggies as possible and forget about the fattening crunch that I so used to love. :-)

  2. I vote for nuts! Makes the salad more filling, too. My favorite EASY salad is green lettuce topped with tuna, nuts (usually almonds) and dried cranberries tossed in just a bit of balsamic vinaigrette.

  3. Jennifer Delk says:

    We love adding chinese noodles to our salads for a little crunch. The kids love them by themselves too!!

  4. When I was pregnant and trying to increase healthy fats AND veggies, I usually went for some protein like leftover shredded chicken or beans (which make a great filling salad using guac and salsa as the dressing!).
    Now I add your kind of crunch in my spinach and orange/strawberry salads – usually in the form of a handful of trail mix (the chocolate-less type of course ;-))

  5. Yum! My favorite is chopped smoked almonds, feta and dried cranberries.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Baby greens/spinach with walnuts or almonds, blueberries, thin sliced bell-pepper and a little feta. Best summer lunch ever!

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