Saturday, June 11, 2016

A Salad for Every Personality

Hi! I’m Melanie, the owner of The Little Rebel, where I write primarily about millennial success and lifestyle. Even though my work is aimed at young people, I think it’s important that I take note of lifestyle habits for people of all ages, including how people eat.

Since I’ve started blogging, there are two things I’ve noticed: people like the idea of being healthy, but we don’t really want to part with the yummy, sugary food and sedentary lifestyle. But if we want to be healthier, a lifestyle change of some sort is required, isn’t it? So why not start with something easy that blends into activities we already do every day?

In my opinion, the first thing people should do if they want to ditch the junk-food lifestyle is to start adding nutritious food to their diet. After all, we need to eat anyway - why not make it healthy? A good food to start with is salad, but you can’t just start with any salad - if you start with a salad that you know you won’t like, then you won’t stick with it.

So I’ve searched the internet and my family’s recipes for the best salad dishes for any type of eating personality. Just look below for the personality type that best describes your current eating habits - or, ya know, just read through them all and see which one sounds best. (It doesn’t hurt to be adventurous, right?)

The Carnivore (people who would eat steak and/or KFC every day if they could) - Taco Salad

That’s right - all of the ingredients for a taco served in a bowl, brought to you by Martha Stewart. It’s probably the least healthy dish I’ve included, but it can be adapted to your preference pretty easily (ex: I usually take out the sour cream).

Total prep time: 20 minutes

You will need:
  • 12 cups chopped romaine lettuce (about 1 head) 
  • 1 diced ripe avocado 
  • 2 halved and thinly sliced plum tomatoes 
  • 2 cups broken tortilla chips 
  • 1/4 cup prepared salsa 
  • 3 cups thawed Taco Filling 
  • Sour cream (optional) 
  • Shredded Monterey Jack cheese (optional) 
  1. In a large bowl, combine chopped romaine lettuce, avocado, plum tomatoes, tortilla chips, and salsa. 
  2. Meanwhile, heat taco filling in a saucepan over low heat (or in the microwave). Divide lettuce mixture among four plates; serve with filling. Garnish with sour cream, shredded Monterey Jack cheese, and more salsa, if desired. 

The Busy Bee (¨I don’t have time to make a healthy dinner every night¨) - Chicken and Orange Salad

This one is my personal favorite salad recipe, courtesy of my father. Not only is it delicious, it literally takes just a few minutes to prepare and can easily be adjusted to your personal taste. I usually make it with spinach and the frozen fajita chicken, but you can, of course, use whatever you’d like.

Total prep time: 5-10 minutes

You will need:
  • A can of mandarin oranges
  • Any fresh greens you have on hand
  • Fajita chicken like this or any type of leftover chicken you have on hand

  1. Heat up as much frozen chicken as you’d like to use
  2. While that’s cooking, drain and rinse the can of mandarin oranges
  3. When the chicken is done cooking, toss all ingredients together in a bowl and serve

The Hardcore Clean Eating Guru (carb cycling, sugar-free, vegetarian…) - Egg and Tomato Salad

My cousin definitely falls into this category - she would love this personal salad from a fellow blogger at The Gracious Pantry. It’s completely meat-free, yet still includes a lot of protein and other healthy stuff like tomatoes and basil; plus, it’s one of the quickest recipes on the list! I personally have not tried this, but it has good reviews, so I trust that it’s pretty good.

Total prep time: 10 minutes

You will need:
  • 2 hard boiled eggs, chopped
  • 2 roma tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 tbsp. balsamic vinegar (or to taste)
  • Salt to taste
  • Chopped fresh basil to taste

  1. Mix everything and serve.

The Fruit Lover (it´s nature’s candy, right?) - Breakfast Salad

My mother often made this fruit salad for me and my younger brother when we were little. This is the recipe I remember Mom using the most - it has a lot of summery fruits, but it’s a tasty treat year-round.

Total prep time: 5-10 minutes

You will need:
  • Strawberries
  • Bananas
  • Blueberries
  • Lemon juice

  1. Wash the strawberries and blueberries
  2. Chop the strawberries and bananas to your liking
  3. Add all three fruits into your serving bowl and drizzle in some lemon juice (this keeps the fruit from browning - remember not to overdo it, otherwise the salad will taste a bit sour)
  4. Toss it all together and serve

Are any of these sounding delicious? Let us know in the comments below!

*All recipes except for the Breakfast Salad and the Chicken and Orange Salad were taken from the websites listed. This post is not sponsored in any way by Martha Stewart, Tyson, or The Gracious Pantry. The pictures used may not match the recipes exactly - go to the websites listed for a more accurate picture.

1 comment :

  1. Love salad anytime, and breakfast salad is perfect! Also love the sound of the egg and tomato!! Thanks for sharing.