You can literally put anything into a salad, and here you have some food groups to include to make it balance and wholesome. Choose a few ingredients from each group, and alternate your choices to balance your meals along the weeks. You can prepare the ingredients in advance in containers in your fridge, and remember, put colours and variety!
Choose your veggies
Any veggies go well in salads, raw or steamed. Use a variety of colours and types, and you can start with having a look at this list: broccoli, spinach, celery, sprouts, asparagus, rocket, lettuce, kale, cabbage, artichoke, zucchini, cauliflower, tomatoes, pumpkin, potatoes, sweet potatoes, taro, corn, squash, and peas.
To make a salad wholesome, you need to also add a soure of protein. Here you have the lists:
Vegan: beans, chickpeas, hummus, corn, pita, lentils, rice, tofu, seitan, quinoa, green peas, avocado, and edamame.
Non vegan: sardines, tuna, salmon, prawns, eggs, cheese, chicken, and ham.
Top up with nuts and dried fruit
Add an extra 1–2 tbsp mixed nuts, and for sweetness, choose dried fruits like raisins or dates. Examples of nuts and seeds for salads are: pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, chia seeds, flaxseeds, hemp seeds, walnuts, almonds, pines, and hazelnuts and brazil nuts.
Dress it up with goodness
Use the sauce to add extra healthy properties, and not just flavour. It can be made with flaxseeds or walnut oil, avocado, sesame or olive oil, yogurt, and condiments like ginger, salt, garlic, and parsley.