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    Improve my salad

    I'm not really that much of a salad fan. I'm a huge meat fan. But lately I've been trying to up my vegetable intake, it makes me feel much better. I found a base for a salad which I really enjoy and want to make a staple. I'd like to improve it further since it's still rather simple. Especially nutrition wise but taste waste would be appriciated as well. Thnx in advance, here's what I made yesterday:

    Caramalized onions, baked bacon bits, sauted mushrooms, arugola, balsamic and basil.

    What can I add to this to make it even better? (Note: I don't like bell pepper that much)
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    You can always add a different mix of veggies, but don't forget that there are some simple ways to pep up the dressing.

    Before you add the goodies to the bowl, throw a spoonful of Dijon mustard in. (If you can find tarragon Dijon, it's great for salads!) Then you basically add a splash of vinegar. You can use white wine, red wine, rice wine vinegar, lemon juice, lime juice, or orange juice for different flavors. Then drizzle in some EVOO. For a creamier salad dressing, crack an egg yolk in there. Experiment with fresh herbs like tarragon, chives, basil, etc.

    Or you can start with 4-6 anchovies, mash them up with a fork, add some chopped fresh garlic, S&P, and juice from 1/2 a lemon. Add a dash of Worcestershire. Crack an egg yolk in, and drizzle EVOO for a tasty Caesar dressing.

    I've also found some really tasty flavored EVOOs (Persian lime infused, blood orange).

    I always add leftover salmon, broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, whatever, right into the salad, too.

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    These go on ALLLLLLL my BAS

    Hot peppers
    Sun dried tomatos
    Blue cheese crumbles (or feta and so forth)

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    My salad is this:

    A heaping fistful of mixed field greens
    A persian cucumber
    Baby carrots
    A stalk of celery
    5-6 cherry tomatoes
    (sometimes) 1/8 red bell pepper
    Frozen wild blueberries
    1 sheet of sushi nori ripped up
    1/2 or 1 avocado
    EVOO
    Balsamic vinegar
    You lousy kids! Get off my savannah!

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    Parmigiano Reggiano makes everything better.

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    Do you like fruit? Pomegranate seeds, berries, dare I add mango? citrus fruit?
    From the veg: Cooked and cubed butternut/pumpkin/spaghetti squash, zucchini, spinach, tomatoes, roasted peppers, onion, garlic

    You can be as inventive as you want to be.

    Good luck.

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    Thnx for all the tips! Todays salad: Arugola, mushrooms, carrots, blueberries, sundried tomatoes, caramalized onions, bacon, permazan, balsamic, basil and ofcourse the coconus oil the onions where caramalized in.

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    I have a post on my food blog dedicated to mastering the BAS.
    That said, my favorite salad is 1 lb shrimp, 2 cans tuna, 1 avocado, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, and EVOO with baby greens. You could also do grilled chicken tenders, bacon, steak, etc. Unleash your imagination
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    I've read that some time ago. To be honest most of those things don't really do it for me. Also I have no problem getting fats and protein in. This salad is mainly about getting as much veggies as possible in . I can always add protein when I take one with me as a meal replacement to work.

    I have to say though, the salad I'm eating right now is one of the best things I ever ate, omg!

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