Ways to Take a Tossed Salad to The Next Level

Throwing a tossed salad together is an easy accompaniment to just about every meal but this versatile veggie can get boring in a hurry.  Here’s a few ideas you can incorporate into your next dinner salad to boost protein, fiber, and color.  Serve with a balsamic vinaigrette or try the gluten free Creamy Garlic salad dressing recipe below.

Add one, two, or several of these suggestions for a salad that will entice your family to come back for seconds.

  • Romaine and/or Iceberg Lettuce
  • Spinach Leaves
  • Kale
  • Garbanzo Beans or Dark Red Kidney Beans
  • Feta Cheese
  • Diced Tomato
  • Green Peas
  • Blanched Green Beans
  • Cucumber
  • Kalamata, Green, or Black Olives
  • Mini Bell Peppers, Sliced
  • Blueberries
  • Sliced Strawberries
  • Raspberries
  • Dried Cranberries
  • Walnuts, Pecans, Almonds

Creamy Garlic Salad Dressing

My great grandmother made her own salad dressing and while she never wrote the proportions down in a recipe, I think my rendition comes pretty close.

Here’s What You Will Need:

1-2 Cloves Garlic, minced

2 Dashes of Paprika (that’s about 1/8th of a teaspoon)

2 Dashes of Cayenne Pepper

1/2 C. Pasteurized Egg Whites

1/2 tsp. Salt

2 T. Apple Cider Vinegar

1 1/4 C. Olive Oil

2 tsp. Dried Parsley, reserved

Using a blender, blend the garlic, spices, vinegar, and egg whites on high for about 15 seconds.

Slowly pour a steady stream of oil while blending on high speed.  Continue to blend until the dressing begins to thicken.

Stir in the parsley and store in a covered container in the refrigerator until ready to use.

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