Have you eaten a good helping of salad today?
The Mediterranean Diet is all about getting plenty of vegetables into your daily meals, and salads are one of the best ways to include a wide variety of nutritious foods for both lunch and dinner.
So grab your sweetie and start making a lovely salad.
As you think about all the possible ingredients, from artichokes to zucchini, put some thought into your dressings, too. While you can find a staggering assortment at your local supermarket, making your own dressing from scratch guarantees fresh flavors and your own stamp of approval on what goes into the mix.
You can make a dressing in a food processor or blender, or use a glass jar with a tight-fitting lid as your dressing shaker and to store leftover amounts in the refrigerator. If you decide to add toasted nuts or fresh herbs, include these just before serving the salad to keep their textures and colors bright and fresh.
Above all, experiment! Try different flavored oils, vinegars, mustards, fresh citrus, and a range of herbs and spices. If a dressing you make tastes a little too sharp, tone it down with a small spoonful of honey.
Try these delicious dressings and salads to get started.