We're of the persuasion that more veggies — at all times of the day — is a good thing, which means a veggie-based salad can make for a solid morning meal, especially if your palate is tired of yogurt and oatmeal. However, a bowl full of mesclun won't keep you satisfied until noon — there are a few keys to getting the breakfast salad right. Here are five to keep in mind.
1. It's got plenty of protein.
Protein helps make the salad satisfying and can take many forms. To keep your salad closest to the traditional breakfast realm, go for an egg on top — be it fried, poached, or boiled. Shredded chicken, sliced steak, flaked tuna, or just a big ol' pile of beans are also great options.
2. There are grains involved.
Whole grains bulk things up while bringing texture and fiber to the situation. Brown rice, farro, and quinoa are all good picks. Or if you just can't part with croutons, go ahead and make them with whole-wheat bread. And since we're talking about grains, our version of a hearty fruit salad might just be the grain-based salad of your dreams. We've remixed that traditional bowl of fruit to incorporate grains, herbs, and a vinaigrette for the sweetest — and heartiest of morning meals.
3. And also a sprinkling of something with a little fat.
For just a touch more staying power, consider adding a big of fat. That could be healthy fats like sliced avocado or toasted nuts, or it could be something a little more decadent like crumbled goat cheese or crispy, crumbled bacon.
4. It's dressed in something bright and tangy.
When you're already groggy-eyed, a heavy ranch dressing might not have you up and moving any faster. Consider, instead, a lighter dressing made with vinegar or lemon juice that will wake up your taste buds.
5. It makes use of leftovers.
Assembling a breakfast salad shouldn't be a chore. In fact, they're the ideal place to use up odds and ends from dinner the night before. Make use of those leftover roasted veggies or cooked meat and grains and your morning meal is ready to go in no time.
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