Salad. The very word connotes health. There are few better ways to rev up your body’s detox process than to add plenty of color to your plate from a well-composed salad. And let’s face it: Who doesn’t feel a little bit healthier after eating a salad?
Indeed, research shows that going bigger on veggies—both raw and cooked—can boost a healthy lifespan. The problem is, munching on the same cold salads every day can be tiresome, to say the least. The solution to salad burnout? Turn up the heat.
Like their cool counterparts, warm salads can be overrun with the nutrient-dense ingredients you’re trying to eat more of. But because they contain cooked elements—think roasted veggies, simmered grains, or heated dressing—they can be more exciting to eat as well as hearty and satisfying enough to be considered a main dish. This is the motivation you need to once again make vegetables the cornerstone of your meals and reap the health benefits of doing so.
Pivot to these cozy early spring salads that are, without question, hot stuff. They’re most certainly not your standard bowl o’ greens!