(Family Features) - Could you and your family use a salad makeover? Sometimes that's what it takes to keep everyone interested in eating a variety of good-for-you salads each week. How do you elevate a healthy salad from simple to sensational? First things first. A tempting salad starts with the freshest, tastiest and most flavorful ingredients you can find. Then, it's the small but important touches that change everything: the unexpected but delectable crunch, the appealing contrast of colors, the fresh herbs and a great dressing. Master these elements and you're on your way to a super salad.
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Here are some easy, family-friendly "Salad Makeover" recipes to get you started.
More tips to add appeal and pizzazz to your healthy salads:
Aim for a selection of at least three types of greens in tossed salads. Think about appealing textures and colors, such as a blend of radicchio, arugula and romaine. Buy a packaged blend or select your own.
Experiment with new toppings and ingredients to add a refreshing twist to your favorite salad combinations. Try almonds and pistachios for an appealing and unique crunch.
Stock up on fine ingredients such as premium extra virgin olive oil and a variety of flavored vinegars. Try sherry and champagne vinegars for a change, and keep a good balsamic vinegar on hand.
Condiments, such as mustards and soy sauces, add character to basic vinaigrettes. So do diced shallots or a sprinkling of blue or Parmesan cheese.
If you have fresh herbs, toss them in! You'll be amazed at how their intense flavors can lift a salad. From fresh basil and tarragon to simple flat-leaf Italian parsley, they're a welcome addition. Just remember, a little can go a long way, so don't add more than a handful to a salad for four.