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Salad Ideas

salad ideas

Whenever I’m not eating a holiday meal or treat this month, you’ll find me crunching on salad.

salad ideas


Because eating veggies in between indulgent meals is an easy – and tasty – way to maintain weight during the holiday season.

salad ideas

Thanks to Whole Foods, one of you will be able to go wild on salad ingredients at the Produce Mecca itself!

salad ideas

Here’s how easily you can win:

Leave a comment stating your favorite salad ingredients, and you’ll be entered to win a $50 Whole Foods gift card!

Winner will be randomly chosen Wednesday morning, December 18th.

Good luck!

$50 gift card provided by Whole Foods Market

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  • Kary
    December 17, 2013 at 7:08 am

    Hi Amelia! My favorite salad ingriedents are quinoa, kale, sweet potatoe and bok choy… Thanks for all the tips and recipes!

  • Andrea Ramos-Lewis
    December 17, 2013 at 7:14 am

    My favorite salad topping is cranraisins!

  • Jill
    December 17, 2013 at 7:32 am

    Spinach and grilled chicken!

  • Allyson
    December 17, 2013 at 7:50 am

    My favorite salad ingredient is figs!

  • Jennifer Caudebec
    December 17, 2013 at 8:11 am

    I love using roasted asparagas in salads – there is something about the nuttiness of this veggie that goes so well with other fresh ingredients.

  • Vicky S
    December 17, 2013 at 8:11 am

    my favorite salad ingredient is dried cranberries.. yum!

  • Jessie C.
    December 17, 2013 at 8:19 am

    Kale, sliced almonds, dried cranberries and goat cheese

  • jen
    December 17, 2013 at 8:33 am

    When making salad my entire meal, I love to include nontraditional ingredients like chickpeas, roasted squash, egg, or potato πŸ™‚

  • Alexandra
    December 17, 2013 at 8:59 am

    Lately I’ve been loving a spinach salad with chopped persimmon, roasted butternut squash, and an oozy egg on top! Also, any salad with avocado gets me excited to dig in!

  • Kendall
    December 17, 2013 at 9:10 am

    I love spinach and kale salads with coconut oil roasted brussel sprouts, broccoli, asparagus, and red peppers! I top it with chicken, balsamic vinegar, and a few crumbles of either blue cheese or feta. I probably ate the same salad every single day for a month straight!

  • Courtney
    December 17, 2013 at 9:27 am

    Feta and red onion in my spinach salad pretty much changed my life!!

  • jaa
    December 17, 2013 at 9:40 am

    Loving this time of year and a nice ripe persimmon sliced thin in my salad.

  • shabnam
    December 17, 2013 at 9:43 am

    i love the kale caesar salad from the bi-rite cookbook — tuscan kale and tons of garlic and lemon in the awesome dressing,.

  • Betsy
    December 17, 2013 at 9:59 am

    my favorite salad ingredients are hard boiled eggs, bleu cheese and walnuts. I generally don’t buy those ingredients to keep at my house, but when I’m having a bad day I go to Whole Foods salad buy and pile on my favorite salad ingredients and buy some fresh bread to take home to cheer up my day!

  • shelley
    December 17, 2013 at 10:00 am

    Thanks to lessons from the one-and-only YOU, I make salads out of almost everything–whatever’s in my fridge…nuts for crunch, cheese for protein (and saltiness if I use feta), fruit for sweetness, a ton of finely chopped veggies, and a bunch of greens. My favorite EME salad is still Harvest Grains of Perfection–I think you call it Herbed Grains or something like that…

  • Kristin
    December 17, 2013 at 10:06 am

    My favorite salad lately has included mixed greens and spinach with goat cheese, slivered almonds, dried cranberries dressed with a little evoo and balsamic.
    I would love to win this giftcard as I’ve never ventured to Whole Foods but would love to go!!!

  • Amanda P
    December 17, 2013 at 10:30 am

    My favorite salad topping is hard boiled egg. And sunflower seeds. And roasted butternut squash.

  • Amelia Winslow
    December 17, 2013 at 10:34 am


  • Amelia Winslow
    December 17, 2013 at 10:34 am

    I’ve never tried that particular recipe (I love Bi-Rite though!) but kale with lemon and garlic is my fave right now too.

  • Emily from Nap Time Is My Time
    December 17, 2013 at 10:36 am

    My favorite salad is spinach, goat cheese, and blueberries. I make a blueberry dressing using blueberry preserves and EVOO. Yum! Craving one now, but no goat cheese on hand!

  • Lindsay Williams
    December 17, 2013 at 10:45 am

    My favorite salad toppings are sunflower seeds, nuts, cauliflower, carrots, garbanzo beans, and a vinegarette dressing!

  • Kelly
    December 17, 2013 at 10:51 am

    spinach, garlic and rosemary roasted sweet potatoes or squash, carrotts, cauliflower, beets, chedder cheese, walnuts, and honey for dressing.

  • Lea
    December 17, 2013 at 10:58 am

    My favorite combo is turkey, green beans, quinoa and roasted sqaush (from the dining hall so I don’t have to do all that prep myself!).

  • Amelia Winslow
    December 17, 2013 at 11:01 am

    That sounds fabulous. Good for you, too! I didn’t always make such healthy choices when I ate in the dining hall…and it caught up with me πŸ˜‰

  • Amelia Winslow
    December 17, 2013 at 11:03 am

    Love the idea of mixing blueberry preserves with olive oil for a vinaigrette!

  • Crystal
    December 17, 2013 at 11:12 am

    My favorite salad ingredients are definitely strawberries, avocado and feta!

  • Kathleen
    December 17, 2013 at 11:30 am

    I love sunflower seeds, honey ham, fresh cheese, cherry tomatoes and homemade ranch! Hard boiled eggs are a nice addition too πŸ™‚

  • Kaylin
    December 17, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    Favorite salad ingredients include….grapes, feta cheese, olives, grilled chicken, and especially LOTS of mushrooms. πŸ™‚

  • Lindsey Goodhue
    December 17, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    Hi! My favorite salad ingredients are baby spinach, goat cheese, blueberries, granola with balsamic vinagrette dressing – soo good!

  • Kelsey
    December 17, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    I have recently had some really great salads out that I would love to recreate at home! Spinach or mixed greens, walnuts, dried cherries and a good cheese- gorgonzola or goat is delicious!

  • Cori
    December 17, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    When I was pregnant I loved spinach and crispy chicken salads. Now I eat them with grilled chicken. I love strawberries if they are in season too. We love all of WholeFoods produce.

  • Ashley H
    December 17, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    I like spinach, eggs, ham, croutons, and carrots.

  • Emily S
    December 17, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    Candied pecans are my favorite salad topping!

  • meredith
    December 17, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    I really like kale, beets, cuccumber, blue cheese and some pumpkin seeds!

  • Sarah
    December 17, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    Two foods I love adding to salads are avocado and cubed butternut squash! πŸ™‚

  • Kelly D
    December 17, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    My favorite salad ingredients, besides lettuce are tomatoes, black olives, feta cheese and Caesar dressing.

  • Colleen
    December 17, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    These days love salads with Dino (lucarno?) kale. Add some shaved fennel, apple, carrots, cherry tomatoes. Toss in homemade citrus vinaigrette.

  • Jamie
    December 17, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    My favorite salad is chicken, strawberries, blueberries, goat cheese, & poppy seed dressing. Yum!!

  • rayraycartucci
    December 17, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    I love walnuts,strawberries and goat cheese on spinach with poppyseed dressing!

  • Amelia Winslow
    December 17, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    Shaved fennel – great idea!

  • Christina @ The Beautiful Balance
    December 17, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    My favorite salad ingredients are definitely avocado, kale, almonds, and sweet potato.

  • Dee
    December 17, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    My favorite salad ingredients are avocado, lettuce, tomato, spinach, cucumber, and feta cheese with oil and vinegar. Thanks for the chance!

  • Chris Gee
    December 17, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    i love field greens with craisins, pecans, and balsamic! so yummy!!

  • Jordan Dunne (@j_mosh)
    December 17, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    I love feta and roasted beets in my salad!

  • Becca F
    December 17, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    I love hemp seeds, sunflower seeds, heirloom cherry tomatoes and avocado on my salads

  • Denise Konkel
    December 17, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    walnuts and craisins & chicken!

  • court
    December 17, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    My favorite toppings are cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, chickpeas, scallions, beets, and whatever else I can fit in the bowl!!

  • Alyse
    December 17, 2013 at 8:27 pm

    I think my favorite toppings change with the seasons. Right now I’m sticking with the basics: carrots, onion, green pepper and cucumber, with sesame ginger dressing, but in the summertime I love to add fresh strawberries and blueberries

  • Evelyn B
    December 17, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    This is a total summer salad but it is my favorite. It is Spinach with a mustard dressing and slices of clementines and blueberries on top. It is amazing!

  • Elena
    December 17, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    I like spinach salad with grilled chicken, strawberries and avocado

  • Amelia Winslow
    December 17, 2013 at 9:40 pm

    Haha, me too!

  • Carly
    December 18, 2013 at 1:57 am

    I love making salad with spinach, cranberries, walnuts, quinoa, Gouda, and a balsamic dressing. Would love a $50 whole foods card!!

  • manda
    December 18, 2013 at 4:52 am

    I love spinach, dried fruit and feta!

  • Laura K
    December 18, 2013 at 5:00 am

    My favorite salad ingredients are pumpkin seeds, apples, jicama, cheese and a yummy balsamic dressing. Love the ideas for eating well.

  • Alicia
    December 18, 2013 at 6:48 am

    carrots, peppers, celery, tomatoes, cucumbers, avocado all finely chopped with kale and mixed greens! πŸ™‚

  • Willow Jarosh
    December 18, 2013 at 9:11 am

    I love avocado, walnuts, hummus, and roasted veggies on my salad greens! And some seasonal fresh fruit doesn’t hurt either. πŸ™‚

  • Jared Thompson
    December 18, 2013 at 9:18 am

    Avocado and kimchi!

  • Amelia Winslow
    December 18, 2013 at 9:32 am

    Never thought of kimchi- great idea!

  • Amelia Winslow
    December 18, 2013 at 9:32 am

    I love the hummus idea – almost could work as a “dressing.”

  • Danielle
    December 18, 2013 at 11:38 am

    I love red peppers, chopped apple, tomato, Craisins & walnut pieces the most in my salads.

  • Rosie
    December 18, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    I like to use Annie’s spring mix and add organic ingredients – raspberries, mild cheese cubes, red pepper, sliced almonds, slivers of onion, wheat berries (cooked), avocado, with cold pressed walnut oil and raspberry vinegar – a little sea salt. Sometimes I add coconut tofu (I dip tofu chunks in batter, roll in coconut, then sautΓ© until toasted), and satsumas when in season like now.

  • claire Farren
    December 18, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    I love adding fruit, in the summer, I like strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, in the winter I add pears, apples, pomegranate. This with a lot of veggies makes it so good. But I love new ideas. Will need to try the figs!

  • Nicki Joseph
    December 19, 2013 at 12:59 am

    My favorite salad topper are grilled veggies! Can’t go wrong πŸ™‚ [email protected]

  • Taylor
    December 19, 2013 at 11:05 am

    Too late for the giveaway but thought i’d share anyways! Pomegranate seeds, roasted sweet potato, pecans, parm cheese and a maple balsamic vinaigrette. (Add some crumbled thick-cut bacon if you’re feeling super indulgent πŸ™‚ )

  • Beth
    December 19, 2013 at 11:07 am

    Baby spinach and avocado are in all of my salads!

  • rachel
    December 19, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    Strawberries, mandarin oranges and almonds! So good!

  • Amelia Winslow
    December 19, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    All sounds amazing – especially with crispy bacon on top!

  • Heidi
    December 20, 2013 at 10:18 am

    I love using avocado in salads!

  • Susan DeVaux
    December 21, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    I love avocados and homemade croutons!
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  • Dianne Hall
    December 22, 2013 at 11:15 am

    I love nuts and seeds on my salads. Walnuts, sunflower seeds, or pecans..yum! [email protected]

  • Alexis K.
    December 23, 2013 at 1:20 am

    I love goat cheese and walnuts on my salad!

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