The 4-Step ‘Sexy Salad’ Formula for Spicing Things up on Your Lunch Hour

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I can count on one hand the amount of salads I've truly loved in my life. And guess what? I didn't make any of them myself. Like underwater basket weaving, crafting greenery is an art form. But once you have a few undeniably sexy salad ideas (yes, you read that correctly), you too can become an arugula artist.

The simplicity is what makes food blogger Elaine Kalache's formula so, well, sexy. Many of us are way overthinking things at lunch hour (or whenever you like to eat your lettuce), she says. The truth of the matter is that salads are basic: they only really require four components to be satiating, nutritious, and—some may say—fork lickin' good.


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Hey guys keeping it simple today with salad ? idea… Making a delicious salad is easier than you think… ? Its a great way to get the micro nutrients in ?… Building a sexy colourful ? salad with these few steps. 1️⃣ Pick a leafy base ?… Spinach, lettuce, kale etc. . 2️⃣ Pick 2-3 more veggies ? ??, tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, carrots, zucchini, onion, parsley, coriander etc. . 3️⃣ Pick a protein ?? eggs, tofu, chicken, tuna, salmon, chickpeas (a source of protein & carb) etc… 4️⃣ Add a dressing olive oil + lemon, vinegar, avocado oil, tahini etc. So simple ?… Today I had. ∙ Romaine Lettuce ? ∙ Tomatoes? ∙ Cucumbers ? ∙ Red Onion ∙ Parsley ∙ Chick peas - Is a protein & carb ∙ Feta cheese - is a form of fat & protein ∙ Walnuts ∙ 1 tablespoon Olive oil ∙ ½ lemon ∙ Pinch of salt & pepper to taste Hope your having a great day ? . Xoxo Elaine ? @change_begins_with_you . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #cleaneating #healthyeating #fatloss#primal #healthyfood #cleaneats #fitfood#food #nutrition #instahealth#healthychoices #iifym #organic #bbg#mealprep #dairyfree #protein #snack#weightloss #realfood #eatyourgreens #veggies#getfit#healthyliving #goodmoodfood #carbs #weightloss#lifestyle #weightlossjourney #diet

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If you're out of salad ideas, follow this easy salad formula:

  1. Pick your base of leafy greens. Kale! Spinach! Arugula! Iceberg!
  2. Choose two or three compatible vegetables. Try sweet potato and Brussels sprouts, tomatoes and cucumber, peppers and red onions, or avocado and literally anything.
  3. Add a protein. This could be grilled chicken or tuna. If you're a plant-based eater, try tofu or chickpeas.
  4. Add a dressing. Maybe a healthy ranch or an inventive store-bought variety.

There you have it. You've officially mastered a salad that's at once easy and filling. Here's to many more veggieful meals in the future.

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