A salad seems like a pretty straightforward dish — lettuce, tomatoes, and cucumbers in a bowl with some vinaigrette.

But a salad can take on many textures, flavors, and ingredients that make them more appealing and easier to eat on a regular basis. If you want to eat more salads, these tips should help:

Shop seasonally and locally if you can. You’ll get much better flavor and nutrients from fruits and veggies that are grown closer to you. Especially fruits and delicate veggies like greens.

Branch out when it comes to greens — kale, spinach, arugula, or a mix are all more nutritious than iceberg and taste better too.

A salad deserves seasoning too! You wouldn’t eat a piece of chicken with some salt, pepper, or another seasoning on it, a salad is no different. Even a pinch of coarse, Colima Sea Salt can make a huge difference. One of Ava Jane’s Kitchen’s seasoning blends is a much bolder choice.

Make your own salad dressing. Simply blending some Ava Jane’s Kitchen Avocado Oil, lemon juice, and garlic in a mason jar will be a world better than anything you can buy in a bottle.

Experiment. Try different things — grill half the veggies, add a piece of fish, or load up on nuts and seeds for crunch. If you need some inspiration, Ava Jane’s Kitchen has an archive of delicious salad and/or dressing recipes to get you going.

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