10 Hacks for Making a Better Salad at Home

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Salads are universally loved dishes appreciated for their versatility and convenience.

Although they make for a healthy, quick side or a stand-alone lunch meal, it can be easy to get caught up in a routine of making them the same way every time. This can lead to us losing our appetite for them or simply finding them too boring. 

Here’s some good news: there are plenty of ways to spice up a salad bowl and save money in the process. 

Keep reading to learn 10 simple ways to make a better salad at home.

1. Make it Colorful

What better way to make a salad bowl look visually appealing than by using bright colors? Diversifying your food pleases the eye, and can come with a host of health benefits.

Brightly colored fruits and vegetables like radishes and carrots tend to be rich in antioxidants, helping to keep free radicals in check. That’s killing two birds with one stone; eating food that looks great and will make you feel great!

2. Get Fruity 

Sweeten things up by throwing some fruits into a salad bowl. Get creative here and consider using a seasonal approach. For example, in the spring, try using strawberries or grapefruit. During the summer months, opt for blackberries or pieces of watermelon. 

3. Balance Flavor

Combining sweet and savory elements to a salad can make for satisfied taste buds. Pair meat and fruit together to give the salad a kick. Berries and bacon? Or, perhaps an apple and goat cheese mix might do the trick. Experiment until a winning combo has been identified. 

4. Pack a Protein Punch

Don’t be afraid to bulk up your salad with the help of chicken or steak. For vegans and vegetarians, plant-based sources of protein like tofu or seitan can also add some fuel to an otherwise boring salad bowl. 

5. Make It Filling 

Speaking of bulking up, a salad can become heartier when a healthy fat like avocado is in the picture. Load up on items like cheese, eggs, or even beans to add some substance to the meal. 

6. Feel the Crunch 

Playing around with the texture of a salad bowl can make things fun and different. Every bite will be satisfying with ingredients like nuts, seeds, and croutons. 

7. Try a New Salad Dressing

Salad dressing is the key to a tasty salad! However, using the same one repeatedly can turn you off from it for good. Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and try out new and exciting flavors. Use Big Charlie’s Original Salad Dressing to give your salad a fresh, tangy, and delicious twist. 

8. Sprinkle In Some Herbs 

Herbs are an excellent way to add some flavor. Take your salad up a notch by throwing in mint, basil, or parsley. 

9. Roast Your Veggies

Not everybody is a fan of raw vegetables, but there’s something about roasted ones that make them simply irresistible. Roasting brings out the vegetables’ natural flavors and produces a toasty, deep flavor.

Some of the tastiest veggies to roast include sweet potato, tomato, and broccoli.

10. Switch up Your Greens 

Who says you can only use lettuce in your salad? When building the perfect salad, choosing the right base is one of your most important tasks. Most greens offer great nutrients like Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and fiber. It’s just a matter of settling on one that tastes best to you. Experiment with spinach, arugula, kale, or watercress.


Say goodbye to plain old salads and embrace versatility. These 10 simple hacks will elevate your salad game and boost your creativity in the kitchen.