The first quarter of 2018 is in the books! How have you fared with the goals you set at the beginning of the year? I’ve been regularly consulting mine in order to stay on track. Between getting fitted for bridesmaids dresses and aso ebi (Nigerian custom for weddings and other special events), and bikini shopping, it isn’t even possible to ignore my fitness goals. My workout routine is going well but, as they say, abs are made in the kitchen. Thus, healthy eating is playing a big part, too. Y’all likely know that I’m not necessarily a “meat and potatoes” type of gal to begin with so there hasn’t been a big overhaul of my eating BUT salads have become a bit more prominent. Among the chief complaints I hear about salads are that they are boring, bland, or don’t fill the belly. And have you ever noticed that salads at restaurants seem to taste way better than what you make at home? That all ends right here, right now. 🙂 Whether you have #summerbody goals or just want to be good to yourself in general, salads should definitely be in your meal rotation. But we’re not talking about sad platters of lonely lettuce here. We aren’t talking about the mayo-based salads you’d find at a cookout, either. We’re talking leafy green goodness with all the textures, flavors, toppings, and delicious dressings that make a salad filling and enjoyable while still being good for you! This post is packed with over 50 homemade salads you’ll actually want to eat! Open your notes app because your grocery list is about to be lit. This roundup includes a variety of good-for-you-greens, rainbows of fruits and veggies, protein-packed toppings, and a variety of dressing types. Spoiler alert: there’s more to life than ranch. The recipe creators included in this roundup all seem to be on board with my best homemade salads tips because they produced a plethora of not-boring meal salads that will help keep you summertime fine all year round!

50 Homemade Salads You’ll Actually Want to Eat

Lastly, don’t cancel out all the greatness of a good salad by drowning it in a questionable dressing (I’m looking at you, Thousand Island!). All of the recipes above include either store-bought or homemade salad dressing recommendations. Here are two more worth your while: Clean Ranch Salad DressingHomemade Apple Cider Vinaigrette . Thanks for reading!

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