Super Salad Sunday: 6 Steps To The Perfect Bowl
It's Sunday and it's the end of the weekend. You're gearing up for the busy week ahead, but you should rest up as well. We say why not relax? Take it easy and give yourself a break. Offer your family a healthy, light Sunday meal, instead of spending your whole afternoon preparing food. Try a healthier, easier option and put the roasting pan away. Toss up a quick and fresh family salad instead.
Eating salad is nothing new. In fact, they've been around since ancient Rome & Greece. However American's haven't always stayed true or on-board with the salad "trend". The valuable meal option is common nowadays, and most of you eat lettuces or salads during the week, at some point (and if not, you should start). But reports show a huge recent growth in the salad industry, along with the expansion of salad-centric shops.
"One report found that salad shops were earning more than $300 million in 2014, with some salad chains in the country experiencing double digit percentage growth in sales. Saladworks reported $75 million in sales in 2014, and the chain Chop’t reportedly averages $2-3 million per location, annually" (theatlantic.com).
These new companies are capitalizing on America's health and improved eating habits. And it's a nice increase in healthy eating to see, however it's also possible to quickly whip up a great bowl of salad in your own home. And our Grow.Bar® microgreens are the perfect addition to any salad. Simply harvest and throw the fresh greens into desired mix.
It's doesn't take much effort either, but there are a mixture of ingredients you will want to include if you plan to have the salad substitute for a main-course or full entree. First, take a look at your Grow.Bar® (and if you don't have one - get on it). Think about the microgreens you are growing and how you can plan your salad around their flavor, color, aroma and vitamin content. Then check out our 6-step method (below) to start creating super-healthy and fun Sunday salads for your family.
Start with your base and work your way up from there. Feel free to experiment and try crazy combinations (sometimes the strangest options offer unique and tasty flavor). If you need to pre-pack meals for the week ahead you might also want to check out our guide to Layering The Perfect Mason Jar Salad. The layering process is fairly similar, however the order of creating your salad varies if you are want to store or transport the salad before eating.
Regardless of what you put in your salad, the list of nutritional benefits is long. There are literally endless possibilities, and each vegetable, fruit, nut, seed and green has its own valuable vitamins and minerals. One of our favorite combinations is pomegranate, avocado and spinach - YUM. What are some of your favorite salad recipes? Sign-up today and share. We are always looking for new inspiration and we love hearing from our readers!
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