Not everyone is a fan of vegetables. For some, it may have been what they were fed as children; others just never appreciated the flavors. But there are ways to make vegetables taste good for picky eaters. Follow along to find ways to pair vegetables with the right ingredients to make the perfect bite salad.
Your perfect bite is just around the corner
Back in the 1990s, the movie, “The Mirror Has Two Faces” was enchanting. Not because it was a sappy love story, though you can’t really go wrong with one that stands the test of time. But the main character’s charming “perfect bite,” scene.
When Barbara Streisand befuddled Jeff Bridges on a date while she carefully carved out a piece of everything on her plate piling her fork with the “perfect bite,” I felt I finally found my soul sister. I’ve been obsessed with finding the perfect bite for years, I realized.
It came in the form of salad experimentation. I hated vegetables growing up. Boiled chard or spinach, cooked carrots, fried squash, peas and boiled anything green. I turned my nose up hastily. But I later learned I could tolerate many vegetables in fresh, bite-size pieces.
I learned early on that through I didn’t like a lot of things cooked, I could tolerate them fresh. But still, when I ordered a salad at a restaurant, it was some plain old plate of lettuce and a couple of shredded carrots, give or take the olives or tomatoes. I had always loved onions, but they never put them on my salad.
Salads are a great way to make vegetables taste good for picky eaters
Knowing that I needed vegetables for good nutrition, it was time to find different ways to use vegetables.
The best part is there are no real rules, except for one. You have to start with a bed of some kind of lettuce, of which you have many choices: Butter, red leaf, romaine, iceberg, sometimes baby spinach, or combine them. That forms the foundation. Then dice up what you like. Onions are a given. But there are cucumbers, shredded carrots, diced bell peppers of any color, diced radishes.
But don’t stop there. Make your salad a meal. Chop up some ham or turkey, or flake some tuna or salmon out of a can. Top them with your favorite nuts, dried fruit such as raisins or craisins. And you can go further. Want croutons? Bring them on! Want to go low carb? Try cheese croutons to add that second layer of crunch. How about some fresh cracked pepper? The sky is the limit. If you’re stumped, try this article on 20 rules for making the best salads of your life.
Mix it all up and voila! You’ve got one heck of a meal, with a variety of flavors all mixed together to form your perfect bite! You’ll find your palate will point you to the best tasting vegetables to make your salad amazing.
And you’ll feel better for it while you boost your immunity with sound nutrition. The National Onion Association has some great salad recipes to get you started down your nutritional path. Get started today and make 2021 the healthiest yet.