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6 Easy and Healthy Salad Ideas for Sides or Mains

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I'm Ramona, and I've been cooking for over 20 years. Sometimes I like to have salad for dinner. It's a nice break from cooking.


Salad Makes the Perfect Side or Main Dish

Leafy salads are a great choice to accompany any meal. They are quick and easy to prepare, and best of all they do not require any cooking. Not to mention how healthy they are—you can eat as much as you want!

Sometimes chicken wings or steak and salad is enough. You don't need any other sides like potatoes or noodles.

Salads don't just have to be relegated to side-dish status; they can be the main course, depending on how you prepare them. Adding fruits, raw or cooked vegetables, cheese, and even meat are all options. The possibilities are really endless.

Lettuce Becomes Salad When You Add Dressing

Sometimes just a plain, green, leafy salad will do the trick. Just add a nice vinaigrette over it and you will be on your way.

Add extra flavor with some chopped onions, garlic, or fresh shredded Parmesan cheese.

Any kind of lettuce is fine except iceberg, which really has no nutritional value. It contains a lot of water and has virtually no flavormy opinion. I do like it on hamburgers and other sandwiches, though.

I personally enjoy romaine, arugula, oak leaf, butter lettuce, spring cuts, and such. These types of lettuce hold dressings better, too.

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Simple and Tangy Vinaigrette: Ingredients

  • 1/2 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 lemon, squeezed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder, or fresh garlic finely chopped
  • 1 1/4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons vinegar (any type: red wine, apple cider, white vinegar, etc.)


  1. Dump the onions in a large salad bowl.
  2. Add the lettuce and toss.
  3. Drizzle the olive oil all over the lettuce. Toss evenly.
  4. Sprinkle half of the salt and garlic. Toss again.
  5. Squeeze the lemon juice around the salad and toss.
  6. Sprinkle the remaining salt and garlic on the salad. Toss.
  7. Add all of the vinegar and toss.
  8. Taste a piece of lettuce to ensure flavor is to your standards. Add more vinegar, lemon juice or salt as needed.

Salad Topping Options

If you prefer more than just leafy lettuce then add pears, celery, shredded carrots, red onions, tomatoes, pickled red beets, oranges, almonds, or Parmesan cheese.

Feta cheese is a crumbly, strong-tasting cheese and goes well on salads. Adding a few thin slices of red onions, your favorite dressing, a few sprigs of spring lettuce.

The list is endless when it comes to salad toppings.

Lettuce spinners are a great way to wash and dry lettuce leaves thoroughly.

Lettuce spinners are a great way to wash and dry lettuce leaves thoroughly.

Nutritional Value of Lettuce

There are 5-8 calories in one cup of these lettuces.



Calcium, Phosphorus, Magnesium

Vitamin-C, K and Folate

Green Leaf

Calcium, Phosphorus, Magnesium

Vitamin-A, C, K, B-6, Riboflavin, Iron, Potassium

Butter Lettuce also includes Bibb and Boston varieties

Calcium, Riboflavin, Magnesium, Phosphorus

Vitamin-A, C, K, B-6, Folate, Iron

© 2014 Ramona

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