5 Healthy Salad Topping Ideas

I eat a lot of salads, but it’s not just because they’re “healthy”; I honestly really like them. It’s an easy way to get in a few servings of vegetables and as long as you switch up your toppings, the variety keeps it interesting. Carrots and tomatoes are great but I thought I’d share a few of my favorite outside-the-box toppings.

5 HealthySalad ToppingIdeas

1. Apples

I love crunchy apples on top of a hearty kale salad. They’re a healthy way to add some sweetness and texture. I love tossing some in this apple walnut kale salad and it has a great texture. Try it with a little blue cheese, parmesan, or pecans.

2. Roasted Potatoes

roasted potatoes

Roasted potatoes can take a salad from side dish territory to the main event. There’s something so satisfying about the different temperatures. I love some warm roasted potatoes on a cold kale salad. Slice a few roasted red potatoes, toss them with olive oil, salt, and pepper, and roasted them until they’re crispy. While they’re in the oven you can prepare your salad and then toss it all together.

3. Strawberries

I used to think strawberries were reserved for spinach and goat cheese salads but lately I’ve been enjoying them on kale or mixed greens. They’re delicious with salty pine nuts or almonds! They’re also delicious with a crumbly feta and a little balsamic. Blueberries and raspberries are a fun alternative, too.

4. Fresh cilantro


I’ve been on a cilantro kick lately and I love chopping a bunch of it right into a salad! It adds such a nice flavor to fresh greens. Don’t rely on the dressing for spiciness, just add some fresh herbs right in! I’ll buy a big bunch and keep it in a jar of water in the fridge. It helps it stay fresh a little longer so I can grab a handful and sprinkle it right into my salad. Hello, flavor!

5. Hummus


I went through a phase where I didn’t use any salad dressing at all and just used hummus instead. It’s creamy, filling, and just as flavorful as salad dressing! It holds up well with crunchy toppings like red onions, olives, cucumbers, and tomatoes. Pesto hummus and roasted red pepper hummus are two of my favorite types!

My friend Alexa was visiting last week and we made quite a few salads. Some topped with salsa, some loaded with cilantro, and some with this avocado ranch dressing. Can you tell we love Mexican cuisine? In between all of our veggie-eating, she took some new headshots for the blog!

If you’re in the market for any sort of photos (headshots, weddings, engagements, baby, maternity, deployment…) and you’re in Virginia or Ohio, check out her site!

What are your favorite salad toppings?

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  1. YES to all of those. I also love jalapeño chips, but they are not all that healthy since they are fried. But I bet they could be made healthier or baked.

  2. I recently tried potatoes and rice (two different salads) on my salad. I like adding the extra carbohydrates but still get my vegetables. Great ideas Liz!

  3. I truly love eating salads too! I agree that there are endless combinations to them. Thanks for linking up!

  4. I’m a big fan of the salad. One of my fave toppings is spelt berries. Gives it a little added texture.

  5. My favorite salad toppers = artichoke hearts, seared salmon or tuna, grilled eggplant & onions, cherry tomatoes & bell pepper. Oh and olives & anchovies! Cannot forget those.

    Wait. Eggs too. LOL!

  6. Yep, yep, yes, yes, yes! I love playing with salad toppings, any fruit or veggie is fair game, nuts and seeds (even nut butter), coconut bacon, chickpeas, sweet potatoes, cooked grains, the options are really endless!!
    Thank you for linking up with us for Meatless Monday!

  7. Yay Alexa! The new pic is great! 🙂

  8. All amazing topping ideas!!! I love using apples, potatoes and hummus!!!

  9. Your new head shot is completely adorable! You are beautiful 🙂
    And as much as I love taters, you’d think I would have thought to put them on a salad, but I haven’t! Totally giving that one a try soon 🙂

  10. I find that I eat a lot of salads with roasted sweet potato. Actually, I just eat a lot of roasted sweet potato in general but they’re great on salads! LOVE that headshot!

  11. Ug I wish I was like you! I just get so sick of salads. I love the idea with the potatoes though, that sounds really different!

  12. Roasted potatoes and cilantro are two of my biggest faves. I also love pepitas, roasted sweet potato and caramelized onions with anything balsamic.

  13. I love these ideas! Roasted Potatoes are our favourite topping for salads (We can eat it all day long!) but Apple or Almonds are my second favourites! I definitely want to try hummus too! Thank you for all the great ideas!

  14. Love all the ones you mentioned. I would add avocado and walnuts to this list!

  15. Loving your new picture!!

    Strawberries and apples are some of my favorite salad toppings! so good 🙂


  16. Ooh, I love roasted veggies on salads. I also really love hummus. It’s the best creamy addition to any salad. 🙂 I’m completely with you on Mexican cuisine.

  17. I love apples of salads! And any berries. I just did one with peach-mango salsa tonight and it was pretty tasty. Great ideas!!!

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