I’m definitely not someone who makes a salad every week. I love a good restaurant salad, but I always feel that mine fall short at home. Anyone with me? I think it’s because I tend to like a salad with lots of ingredients, so whatever I have on hand feels like it doesn’t cut it.
But lately I’ve been reaching for on-hand ingredients, and getting experimental. I thought I would stick a few recent salad beauties up here, and show three ingredients I’m loving!
Undervalued Salad Ingredient #1: Radishes
The crunch of a radish is one of my favourites in salads, sandwiches and tacos. I find that, thinly sliced, they give a little pop of flavour that’s less intense than onion. They’re really good with a sweet, creamy dressing like poppyseed too. Bonus: they add such a hit of colour to your salad!
Undervalued Salad Ingredient #2: Apples
Also for crunch and something a little tart, I love a sliced green apple in a salad, especially paired with a sharp cheddar. You may have seen on my Instagram that I tossed this together last weekend for a baby shower I was attending. So tasty with a balsamic dressing!
Undervalued Salad Ingredient #3: Black Currants
I’m not crazy about dried cranberries in a salad, and I hate raisins. Cranberries are large enough for me that I find their texture overpowering when I get a mouthful, and I hate the overly tart flavour. I find black currants strike a tastier balance. They offer a bit of chewy sweetness without overpowering your salad. I find they’re a better complementary ingredient than cranberries which steal to show 😉
As you can see, they get a little buried among other ingredients, but I swear they’re there and make a difference!
What are your go-to salad ingredients?