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Step-by step process of creating the perfect salad

Salads seem to be everyone's go-to meal when they're trying to eat healthier. They're full of crunchy, colorful veggies, low in calories, and loaded with micronutrients. They're easy to toss together for lunch, whip up for a simple and quick dinner, and there are so many different variations that it's hard to get bored of salads. This makes salads a perfect go-to meal -- they're excellent for filling up your body with a load of nutrients and not having that heavy, full feeling afterward.

Here's a simple method for creating the perfect salad, step-by-step:

Pick your salad base.

Iceberg lettuce is popular, but there are so many leafy green veggies that you can use instead, such as kale, spinach, Boston lettuce, and arugula. You can even mix them to get more variety in your nutrients and taste. Try to aim for a base of dark leafy greens to get the biggest nutritional bang for your buck.

Add your fruits and veggies.

Yes, you can think beyond the veggie box and add some fresh fruit into your salads. This can tremendously upgrade the flavor and make your salads more interesting. Try adding at least three different colors of produce into your salad— not only will it look more appealing, but it's an easy trick to give you a variety of nutrients. Pears, berries, and oranges taste delicious in salads, but experiment with flavors and find which combinations you enjoy.

Choose your source of protein.