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Posted on October 31, 2014

If you want to go healthy, then go green. After all, you should have vegetables on your diet in the first place, for it gives a multitude of benefits for your body. Unfortunately, a lot of people don’t find the green stuff great-tasting, and you might be one of them.

If that’s the case for you, then here are five green salad recipes that will change your mind. Not only are they awesome and classy food choices, they can also aid in the effects of your medicine for diabetes and other diseases.

Spinach Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

Recipe here.

spinach with poppy seed dressingRemember the show Popeye, where the eponymous character eats spinach and becomes super-strong. Whether you do or otherwise, real-life spinach doesn’t do the same thing. However, it contains potassium, magnesium, and iron –essential minerals your body needs. Also, it contains vitamin K, which promotes blood clotting, and alpha-lipoic acid, which lowers blood glucose levels. So if you want all that plus the off-chance of having a powerful punch, mix spinach leaves lettuce, mushrooms, and bacon, then add a dressing made of vinegar, onion, sugar, salt, mustard, and poppy seeds.

Filipino Green Salad

Recipe here.

filipino saladLet’s go local with this all-natural treat. All you need are iceberg lettuce leaves, tomatoes, cucumbers, and onions. As for the dressing, it is a combination of sugar, vinegar, fish sauce, salt, and ground black pepper. Not only does this homegrown treat taste terrific, it’s also healthy, as cucumbers contain compounds that reduce blood glucose, cholesterol, and control blood pressure.

Romaine with Oranges

Recipe here.

romaine with orangesIf you think green is the only healthy color, get ready to be proven wrong by orange. When this mean fruit has been combined with romaine lettuce leaves and onions, it gives a strong combination of sourness and spice, not to mention a delectable contrast of soft orange slices and crunchy romaine lettuce leaves. Aside from its taste and texture, this salad boasts of Vitamins K and A, with the latter as an important vitamin that improves vision. And thanks to the oranges, it’s also rich in Vitamin C, which fends off infections.

Strawberry Summer Salad

Recipe here.

strawberry saladWho doesn’t love strawberries?  When combined with mixed greens  and cucumber, these cute and sweet little red fruits will give that pleasant sweet-sour taste. For the dressing, stir red wine vinegar and shallot in a bowl, add salt and black pepper, and stream it with olive oil when you finally apply it onto the mix. Because of the inclusion of strawberries, this salad is sure to look good, taste good, and do good for the body, for the fruit contains Vitamin C, antioxidants, and phytochemicals that help the heart.

Arugula and Pear Salad with Toasted Walnuts

Recipe here.

Arugula and Pear Salad with Toasted WalnutsIf your palate isn’t satisfied with the safe and usual flavors, then this salad will be right up in your alley. The combination of peppery leaves of the arugula, sweet and juicy pears, and crunchy walnuts is an awesome delight to the tongue, thanks to its brilliant mix of tastes and textures. And not only does it appeal to the connoisseur in you, but also to the health buff, as the arugula and pear are both rich in fiber and Vitamin C.

With those five recipes, I hope you have realized that what is good for the body doesn’t have to be awful on the tongue. So, bon appetit, green lovers – your favorite color is of good taste.