My friends patient once told her that he didn’t really like the lettuce part of his salad very much. We usually joke about this because it’s so true — the toppings are always the best part!
The thing is if you’re not used to making a salad you may try to put a romaine lettuce with berries and wonder why it’s not the best option or you may try to put spinach with something savory and decide it’s not your favorite either. Step out of the traditional salad box and start using things that actually go together. If you’ve got spinach, berries, and other types of fruit you may not want cucumbers and tomatoes and traditional salad toppings. Or you may! Making it your own is part of the fun!
But if you’re new to making salads there are some basic flavor and texture pairings you can start with. Once you are enjoying those combinations, start adding your own flare!
What Goes Well with Spinach?
Start with a salad base of spinach and think about adding some type of fruit. Berries do well and so do raisins and cranberries. Mandarin oranges or another sliced citrus goes well here too!
What Kind of Protein Tastes Good with Spinach?
With spinach or mixed greens, nuts really add to the flavor. But with things like Romaine lettuce or even an iceberg lettuce nuts don’t really do that great.
Walnuts, pecans, or even a mix of nuts goes really well! You could also try to add sunflower seeds or another type of plant protein that you like!