We get it, salads can be a hugely disappointing food experience. Main symptoms of 'sad salad' include dryness, blandness and completely wrong ingredient ratios. And let's not start on soggy salad vegetables.
To make salads truly taste good (it's possible, promise) you need to follow a few key guidelines. First, you have to add flavour by way of herbs, spices and/or marinated protein (like chicken or tofu). Second, add texture by adding nuts, seeds, roasted chickpeas or pomegranate. Third, never leave a salad undressed.
The dressing is where salads can shine. Instead of going straight for olive oil or balsamic, try creamy salad dressings made with healthy ingredients like hummus, yoghurt and cashews. Or take inspiration from your favourite cuisine and add Mexican, Mediterranean or southeast Asian flavours and spices.
To get you started, here are eight delicious and healthy salad dressings. Goodbye forever, sad salads.
1. Avocado yoghurt dressing
A lot of us think creamy dressings are off the table when making healthy salads, but this depends on what ingredients you use. Greek or natural-style yoghurt imparts a smooth, creamy texture while being nutritious and protein-packed. Like this simple Greek yoghurt dressing with avocado, lemon juice, salt and pepper.