• Leanne Maala

5 ways to make a salad flavorful and exciting

We have all done it. We go into the grocery store motivated to be the best version of ourselves. We grab all the veggies and fill up our cart with color. We leave the grocery store with a dazzle and extra beat to our heart, motivation booming. A few weeks pass, and we have come to find we skipped the salad and cut veggies and dove right into takeout, while our veggies wilt and wither in the back of the fridge. We tell ourselves next time will be different, and we toss the old veggies with a glimmer of hope.

But here’s the thing, I am going to help you make the best salad you've ever tasted. I am going to help you save your veggie’s life.


First things first,

1. Don’t be afraid to take shortcuts!

Skip the chopping and the food prep. Purchase pre-prepped items at the grocery store. Purchase precut kale, cabbage, or exciting leafy greens to suit your palate. Don’t save the chopping for home, instead buy ingredients that are ready to eat.

2. Add something crunchy

Who doesn’t like a good crunch? Adding roasted seeds, nuts or a delicious breadcrumb can be an exciting and nutritious way to boost up your salad. Want to make your own breadcrumbs? Check out this blog to learn how to make Vegan DIY Dill Pickle Salad Kit with breadcrumbs

3. Add diversity and flavor with nutritious dressings.

I love making dressings that are simple yet delicious. I often like to say add fat, salt, acid, and flavor for the best salad dressings. The recipe below uses a simple (read: 2 second) olive oil dressing. If you want to make it exciting and experiment with alternate flavors, check out my cashew-based dressing here…

4. Add fruit and herbs

What fruits are in season, currently I am loving the peaches at my local farmers market. If not peaches, things like watermelon, mango, fresh berries make for great salad toppers.

Herbs are always a plus!

5. Don’t forget your protein and fat

Protein and fat are essential parts of a healthy diet, but the sources are very important as well. Personally, I like to toss in plant-based proteins to my salads or add an exciting twist with goat cheese.

Let’s talk about the sneaky surprise within this salad recipe! Halloumi, yuummm!!

What is Halloumi, you may ask?

Halloumi is a Cypriot cheese that is typically made with sheep or goat’s milk.

Halloumi is a good source of several important nutrients, such as protein and calcium. Its exact content of fat and calories varies depending on how you choose to prepare it. One of my favorite things about halloumi is that it has a high melting point. Which makes it perfect for grilling or cooking, as unlike other cheeses, it holds its shape when cooked!

If you would like to learn how to make a delicious honey halloumi recipe, click here.

In the meantime, enjoy this amazing salad and let me know what you think.

Peach Arugula Salad with Halloumi Croutons

Author: Micah Siva

Serves: 4


  • 2 peaches, cut into 1/8ths

  • 4 cups arugula

  • 1 cup basil leaves

  • ½ cup cucumber, thinly sliced

  • 2 tbsp pistachios, chopped

  • 2 tbsp olive oil

  • Juice of 1 lemon

  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  • 1 tbsp olive oil

  • ½ cup halloumi, cut into ½ inch cubes


  1. Heat oil in a pan over medium heat. Add halloumi, cooking ro 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until it has browned on all sides. Set aside.

  2. Combine peaches, arugula, basil, cucumber, and pistachio in a large bowl. Add the halloumi.

  3. Drizzle with olive oil and lemon juice.

  4. Enjoy!

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