Do you ever get tired of this same old boring salad routine? Green leaves, check. Tomatoes & cucumber, check. Anything else that is lurking in the back of the fridge, double check. To make a salad that is nutritious, tasty and keeps you full isn’t as easy as it looks (or tastes). That’s why we have pulled together the 5 key steps to building the perfect salad every time.

All you need to do is pull an ingredient or two from each section to build a salad that is worthy of Summer. Print it off and stick it on the fridge for a handy reference point next time you are in need of salad inspiration. It’s not an exhaustive list so add ingredients to each section as you experiment and discover new taste combinations.  And don’t forget to check out our salad three ways recipe ideas this month for inspiration and get you off to a head start.

Ottolenghis Tomato & Pomegranate Salad

A Beautiful Broccoli Salad

Beetroot, Feta & Pomengranate Salad

STEP ONE: Leafy Greens

In nutritional order

Watercress
Swiss Chard
Beet Greens
Spinach
Chicory
Leaf Lettuce
Romaine
Kale
Arugula
Broccoli

Click here for more nutritional info on leafy greens

STEP TWO: Fruit & Veg

Tip: add steamed or raw vegetables for an extra crunch

Red Onion
Tomatoes
Apples
Avocado
Berries
Pineapple/Mangos/Pears
Dried Fruit / Raisins
Red or yellow Bell Peppers
Carrots
Cucumber
Garden Peas

STEP THREE: Protein

Animal protein: lean meats without skin such as chicken breast, turkey OR

Fish: salmon, shrimps, prawn

Meat protein substitute: tofu, tempeh, seitan

Other: Eggs, chickpeas, feta, cheddar, goats cheese

STEP FOUR: Toppings

Seeds: Chia seeds, sunflower / flax / hemp /sesame / poppy / pumpkin seeds

Nuts: Walnuts, pine nuts, pecans, cashew,  almonds (roasted / blanched)

Beans: black beans, kidney beans, white beans

STEP FIVE: Dressings

Too many to mention but here are our favourites:

French dressing
Greek Yogurt Ranch
Chilli Lime dressing
Blue Cheese dressing
Lemon Vinaigrette
Balsamic Vinaigrette
Italian Dressing

For  details on how to make some of the dressings above checkout wholefully.com

Please use our how to build a salad feature as a guideline only. It is important to have a balanced diet, varying protein intake (women only need 46g protein / day. Men need 56g). Morello Life are not qualified nutritionists, therefore please do seek dietary advice for any dietary changes you are making.