Chosen by dieters to get bikini ready or as an alternative to the hot and heavy foods of winter, salads abound in restaurants and at home once the weather starts warming up. Unfortunately, salads can also strike some bland notes when you’re eating them consistently. But you can easily give your greens a little love and jazz up your salads by making healthy, fun additions. To keep your salads from being a snooze, here are nine recipes for fantastic additions — and some can even be snacks, too!
1. Light Carrot Ginger Dressing
The bright, bold color of this Food Network salad dressing is matched by its taste. Clocking in at just 17 calories and 1 gram of fat per every 2-tablespoon serving, you can drizzle away, adding some pizzaz to your plate of greens without worrying that you’re loading up on too many calories.
- 1 medium carrot, roughly chopped
- 2 tablespoons chopped peeled ginger
- 1 teaspoon packed light brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons rice vinegar (not seasoned)
- 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
- 2 teaspoons low-sodium soy sauce
- 2 teaspoons sesame oil
- kosher salt
Directions: Put the carrot and 1 cup water in a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium-low heat and cook until tender, about 15 minutes. Reserve ½ cup cooking liquid, then drain the carrot. Puree the carrot and reserved cooking liquid in a blender until smooth. Add the ginger, brown sugar, vinegar, lemon juice, soy sauce, sesame oil, and teaspoon salt; pulse until smooth.