1. Dry your leaves before dressing
Use a salad spinner to make sure your leaves are dry. Or, if you don’t have one, you can pop your washed leaves into a clean pillowcase and spin it above your head. You’ll look ridiculous, but it works a treat.
2. Know your onions
Onion is great for flavour and crunch – but if you find the taste of raw onions too strong, you can mellow it by soaking the onions in ice-cold water for 5-10 minutes.
3. Sprinkle in some seeds
Pumpkin, sesame, nigella, sunflower… Seeds are a great addition to any salad. But don’t just pop them in raw – give them a quick toast in a dry pan to give them some extra flavour.
4. Spice it up with chilli
A pinch of chilli flakes or freshly chopped chilli will give your salad a spicy kick. Pair it with unlikely ingredients like chunks of melon, pineapple or cucumber. It might sound a bit out there, but trust us on this one.
5. Add some colour
Make salads extra-appetising by filling them with vibrant colours. Try adding pomegranate seeds, radishes, yellow tomatoes, peppers, black olives or even kiwi fruit to your mix.
6. Sharpen up your slicing
Slice tomatoes through the stem, otherwise you’ll cut through the segments and release lots of juice. No one likes a soggy salad.
7. Grab a grater
Grated carrot is the perfect on-the-go topping to liven up your salad and add some sweetness and crunch. Grated courgette adds a new and surprising flavour too.
8. Sprinkle on a topper
Don’t forget the final flourish – dried onion flakes, croutons, raisins and chopped nuts can all add a tasty finishing touch to your salad and make it look even more appetising.
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