5 Go-to Salad Toppers to Boost Flavor

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Looking to quickly and easily add an instant flavor boost to your healthy salad? Even a simple green salad with veggies and a splash of dressing can be instantly perked up by adding one of these everyday go-to ingredients! These are my favorites….

5 Go-To Salad Toppers to Boost Flavor

1. Sunflower Seeds
Perky sunflower seeds, roasted and salted or simply in the raw, are a yummy way to add texture and mild nutty/buttery flavor to your salad. Plus, sunflower seeds are rich in healthy fats, protein and fiber. They also have all these nutrients: Phosphorus, Copper, Manganese and Selenium, and are a very good source of Vitamin E. (self nutrition data)

2. Organic Raisins
Simple, sweet, tender raisins can add a super boost of flavor to your salad. Since salads are usually savory in taste, adding a handful or sweet dried raisins can really compliment your salad flavors and give the flavor profile some complexity. Those sweet juicy raisins are also rich in fiber. Choose organic raisins since grapes are a good food to buy organic due to their thin skin.

3. Croutons
Croutons are a classic salad topper. And most varieties sold in stores carry plenty of calories, sodium and fat. You can actually make your own croutons at home using your favorite healthy ingredients like extra virgin olive oil, whole-grain breads, and hand-selected herbs and spices. Now homemade croutons do take some time to make, but they are a great way to use up day-old bread! You can make a big batch and use them all week long. Get some homemade croutons recipes here.

4. Olives
Salty black olives add a big boost of flavor to any dish. You can use basic sliced olives or get fancy with kalamata olives and even marinated green olives. Just watch out and remove any pits before adding them in!

5. Mandarin Oranges
Easy and fast, canned mandarin oranges are a good go-to ingredient for adding some sweetness to your salad in a flash. Plus, mandarins are rich in vitamin C.

These are just a few options for topping salads. What are some of your go-to favorites?

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