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Never eat a boring salad again with these tips

 

Hear us out: Salads don't *have* to be boring. You can pack one for lunch that's equally satisfying, healthy and delicious (seriously!). Follow the steps below for a next-level salad that will cure all of your lunch packing probs.

First, mix up the base of your salad instead of just using plain lettuce. Add a variety of flavors by mixing greens such as spinach, kale, romaine, arugula and cabbage. You can even go completely lettuce-less.

Coming up with unique toppings is another way to up your bowl. Play around with different combinations of cheeses and vegetables or fruits. Feta cheese and pineapples, diced apples and goat cheese, parmesan cheese and cucumbers, cheddar cheese and grapes or tomatoes and gorgonzola. Trust us, toppings are *key*.

Get even more creative by making a salad inspired by your fave cuisine...

Mexican: Add your favorite veggies to chopped romaine plus black beans, salsa, corn and a homemade sour-cream or cilantro dressing. Top it all off with some crushed tortilla chips for that extra crunch instead of croutons. And if you love spicy food throw in some jalapenos as well, a staple in many Mexican dishes.

Indian: Lentils are a main ingredient in Indian cooking so mix them into your salad for an extra hit of protein. Add chopped tomatoes, onions, peppers and chicken or tofu and top it off with a tikka flavored dressing or a curry powder dressing. For an extra crunch and a nutty flavor, add some toasted cashews.

Italian: Italian food is all about tomatoes so use all different kinds from roma to cherry. Throw in chopped onions and even add some cooked penne pasta. Last but not least, top it off with Italian dressing and fresh mozzarella (the more, the better in our book).

What are your favorite salad toppings? Let us know in the comments! 

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by Aarti Sharma | 2/28/2017
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