In preparing the perfect healthy salad bar, the key requirement is to include the essentials: greens, protein, vegetables, cheese, the extras and finally, the dressings. Here’s our guide for making a homemade salad bar.

LETTUCE

Lettuce is basically the foundation of any good salad bar. Examples of greens to use include Romaine, Arugula, Spinach or Kale. What makes these special is that they are highly rich in nutrients, like Vitamins A, C and K. Also, they contain antioxidants.

PROTEIN

Including protein in your salad bar is also a very smart idea. You can choose to include grilled chicken, eggs, tuna or salmon. In this case, salmon is the best for it’s rich in protein, Vitamins D, B6 and 12 as well as omega 3 fatty acids. Also, salmon is quite easy to prepare and also, very tasty.

VEGETABLES

Veggies are nutritious and at the same time, colorful. Thus, they are the perfect foods to use if you intend to make the salad more inviting. Good examples of vegetables to adopt include raw or mildly cooked carrots, onions, tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, broccoli, avocado, mushroom, zucchini, corn and alfalfa sprouts among others. Avocados are for instance rich in both fiber and potassium, carrots are rich in Vitamin K and broccoli rich in Vitamins A, C and K as well as in folate and potassium.

homemade salad bar

CHEESE

Cheeses like feta cheese, mozzarella, cheddar, blue and goat cheese are also a must have at the salad bar. You can also add tofu, which contains lots of iron, calcium and eight amino acids. When choosing the right type of cheese, make sure that you choose one that’s both nutritious and tasty. You may also go ahead and include two options.

THE EXTRAS

Examples of extras to include are the almonds, croutons, olives, strawberries, cranberries and sesame seeds. Generally, these extras have a high nutritional value as they contain healthy fats, fiber, vitamins, protein, antioxidants and minerals. For instance, almonds, despite having their fair share of calories contain healthy monounsaturated fats, protein, Vitamin E and fiber. Olives on the other hand contain monounsaturated fatty acids as well (oleic acid) which supports one’s immune system. But, the best thing about including extras on
your salad bar is that they help give texture to the food.

DRESSINGS

When choosing the dressing, consider settling for something that is light, nutritious and also tasty. That way, it will play its role – give meaning to the salad. Examples of dressings that are perfect for salad bars include vinegar especially balsamic vinegar, olive oil, lemon juice and/or Italian or French dressing.

From this list, you can choose precise ingredients (under each category) that are best going to complement the occasion.

What will your homemade salad bar include?