Healthy Salad Ideas

Here are two healthy┬ásalads I made recently. This first one is mostly cold/raw – the only cooked ingredient is an egg.

Ingredients – healthy salad #1

  • base: chopped romaine lettuce
  • fatty topping: avocado
  • veggie topping: tomato, cucumber
  • fun topping: takuan (yellow pickled daikon – Japanese)
  • protein topping: scrambled egg (with oil)
  • dressing: chipotle ranch (I think)

I cooked the egg in peanut oil, which is probably my newest cooking obsession. It’s fabulous.

This next salad is another hot-cold salad and it did not disappoint. (This was actually one of the best salads I’ve ever made, believe it or not!)

Ingredients – healthy salad #2

  • base: romaine lettuce
  • cooked veggie toppings: cabbage, brussels sprouts, green beans
  • protein toppings (with cooked veggies): imitation crab meat
  • dressing: peanut butter, soy sauce, vinegar, hot sauce, splash of water

Again, I used peanut oil for the veggies. About 1 tablespoon of it. If you use enough oil your veggies get nice and crispy. I also added a splash of soy sauce to the veggies at the end when they were just about done. I added the imitation crab meat (sealegs! why are they called that?) while I was cooking the veggies too. I think the dressing was what made it so tasty though!

What’s your favorite cooking oil?

8 Comments on Healthy Salad Ideas

  1. Aprilj
    10 June, 2010 at 7:48 am (7 years ago)

    Both of those look so good. I like using macadamia nut oil mmm…or coconut oil ­čÖé

  2. Kim
    10 June, 2010 at 12:25 pm (7 years ago)

    It’s so funny you asked about favorite cooking oils. I was making my sweet potato fries last night (with olive oil) and thinking about how so many bloggers experiment with different oils. Really, I only use olive oil (and canola oil…for stirfry and stuff). You should do a post about different oils and what they’re good with! I’m clueless.

  3. sarah
    10 June, 2010 at 12:59 pm (7 years ago)

    i just bought peanut oil for the first time about a month ago and i love it too! gives veggies such a good flavor!!

  4. Run Sarah
    10 June, 2010 at 2:00 pm (7 years ago)

    Love both salad ideas! I haven’t added eggs to salad for quite awhile, I forgot what a great combo that is. I usually cook with EVOO but LOVE sesame oil!

  5. Anne @ Food Loving Polar Bear
    10 June, 2010 at 2:05 pm (7 years ago)

    My new favourite is an organic no cholesterol rape-seed oil for cooking ­čÖé

  6. Hayley @ Breath of Fire
    10 June, 2010 at 11:07 pm (7 years ago)

    I looooove coconut oil. and I swear, when I eat it, it makes my skin crystal clear. Always an added plus!

  7. Silver Strands
    11 June, 2010 at 2:38 am (7 years ago)

    Hey Maggie … just found your blog and LOVE it!

  8. Janet (Pantry Bites)
    11 June, 2010 at 3:33 am (7 years ago)

    Ghee is my favorite cooking oil. It has a high temperature point and works well with most dishes.