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How to Spice up a Simple Salad

Senior Care in Wake Forest, NC

Salad IngredientsSalads filled with fresh veggies can make for healthy, nutrient-rich meals all year long. They are a great way for elderly adults to get fiber, essential vitamins, and minerals without any added sugars, trans fats, or artificial ingredients. Unfortunately, elderly adults living at home can get into a salad rut and eat the same combo of veggies over and over again. When the salad becomes boring, it becomes less desirable and may get swapped out for a less nutritious meal. However, it can be important to keep salads a part of the meal plan for their health benefits. Read on for some ideas on how to spice up a simple salad and make some unique combinations that you can enjoy from week to week.

A salad has some basic components: greens, proteins, cheeses, dressing, and crunchy toppings. Use the lists below to create your own combinations for delicious and nutritious entree salads:


  • Romaine Lettuce
  • Iceburg Lettuce
  • Bibb Lettuce
  • Kale
  • Cabbage
  • Dandelion Greens
  • Arugula
  • Spring Greens
  • Baby Lettuces


  • Grilled Chicken
  • Grilled Steak
  • Cooked Salmon
  • Black, Northern, or Pinto Beans
  • Chick Peas
  • Pork


  • Cheddar
  • Mozzarella
  • Parmesan
  • Blue Cheese
  • Gorgonzola
  • Provalone


  • A simple blend of oil and vinegar
  • Oil and lemon juice
  • Honey Mustard
  • Poppyseed
  • Raspberry vinaigrette
  • A creamy ranch
  • French
  • Green Goddess


  • Croutons – store-bought or homemade
  • Baked tortilla strips
  • Nuts
  • Sunflower Seed
  • Crispy chow mein noodles

Fun Extras:

  • Raisins or dried cranberries
  • Mandarin oranges
  • Apple Slices
  • Melon chunks
  • Mango chunks
  • Figs
  • Corn

Don’t Forget Your Colorful Veggies:

  • Carrots
  • Beets
  • Red cabbage
  • Bell peppers
  • Red onion
  • Avocado
  • Radishes
  • Cucumbers
  • Tomatoes


Spice it Up: Salad Topping Ideas

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