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Main Dish Salads – Making Your Salad The Main Event

Although many people enjoy having salads on the side, making a nice side dish, it is also possible to serve salads as the main dish as well. In fact, it is easier than ever to make main dish salads, since you can find roasted meats, shredded veggies and lettuces, and even eggs that are already boiled and peeled for you. If you are willing to get a bit creative, you can come up with wonderful salads that will make a nice main dish, whether you are serving your family or friends at a nice dinner party.

Salads have a come a long way and many people are beginning to get more creative with the salads that they create. No longer are you relegated to using iceberg lettuce. Many other greens are available for you to use in salads. Not only can you throw in plenty of veggies, but fruits can be added, as well as cheese and beans. Take a look at what you have in your cupboards, fridge, and pantry and allow your creativity to start working.

Fun Salad Toppings

If you are going to make some main dish salads, the right toppings are going to be important. In fact, there are probably plenty of toppings that you have never considered in the past. If you want to add some protein, adding some smoked salmon, lean sausage, canned tuna, shrimp, and even grilled steak is a great idea. For cheeses, including cheeses like blue cheese, goat cheese, Parmesan cheese, and feta cheese, since they all have plenty of great flavor. A few other great toppings include the following:

  • apples
  • beets
  • fresh figs
  • fennel
  • avocado
  • capers
  • artichoke hearts
  • raspberries
  • currants
  • raisins
  • blueberries
  • toasted nuts
  • boiled eggs
  • olives
  • sun dried tomatoes
  • fresh herbs
  • strawberries

Have Fun Making Dressings

Not only can you find wonderful toppings that will help you turn a salad into the main event, but you can also have some fun making dressings that will go along with your salad creations as well. Try new vinaigrettes or even creamy dressings to add to your salads for plenty of great flavor.

Christine Szalay-Kudra