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9 Delicious and Unexpected Additions to Your Salad

Looking for a way to perk up your salad? Try one of these uncommon ingredients.

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It sounds strange, but the light texture of popcorn goes well in just about any salad because salad dressing really clings to it, giving it a lot of extra taste without a lot of additional calories.

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Any opportunity to add a bit of chocolate is a good thing, right? Try adding a bit of melted chocolate to your salad dressing for a sweet kick.

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Pita Chips

If your salad requires croutons, try opting for pita chips instead. You can buy them ready-made or rip up a few pieces of pita bread, brush with a bit of olive oil, salt and pepper, and bake in the oven until crispy. When they are done, simply crumble and serve on top of your salad for some crunch.

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Turn your lunchtime salad into a dinner meal. Cook some of your favourite pasta and add to any salad you make. The addition of pasta makes the salad a bit more satisfying and curbs your carb craving.

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There are other ways to reap the benefits of tea than just drinking a cup. Make your salad even healthier and give yourself an antioxidant boost at the same time by steeping some tea leaves in the vinegar base for your dressing.

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Cinnamon adds the perfect dose of sweetness to any vinaigrette. If you’re making a spinach salad with strawberries, or any salad that combines greens with fruit, a dash of cinnamon in your dressing could make all the difference.

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Vanilla might seem to belong more in cakes than in salads, but it can make for an unexpected twist in your bowl of veggies. This sweet spice pairs well with spicy arugula, giving your greens an exotic flavour.

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Pickles add a great crunch to any salad. Whether you prefer dill or sweet, this addition will give your salad a tangy taste. If you prefer other pickled veggies, like turnips or asparagus, they can add a vinegary kick to your meal, too.

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Poached Egg

Eggs are a great way to add a bit of protein to your salad. Hard-boiled eggs are the easy choice, but using a poached egg with a runny yolk creates a delicious dressing once it mixes with your vinaigrette. Adding only 80 calories to your salad, it’s worth giving it a try.