Like a healthy couple, food pairings can work together to improve each other, boosting the effectiveness of the individual ingredients. It’s the dietary equivalent of the whole being greater than the sum of its parts. These super food pairings not only add some kick to your kale – they’ll also boost the nutritional value of your salads.
Italian Caprese Salad
Pairing tomatoes with olive oil and mozzarella cheese can significantly improve the health benefits of each. Tomatoes contain cancer fighting Carotenoids that are fat soluble, which means that eating tomatoes dressed with a healthy oil-based vinaigrette (like olive oil and balsamic vinegar) allows your body to access the Carotenoids more easily. Don’t forget the basil!
Red Bell Peppers and Lentil Mix-ins
Crisp bell peppers are a crunchy way to zest up your salad, while repairing and strengthening your immune system with vitamin C. Vitamin C also assists in the absorption of Iron, which lentils are full of. Iron is a key component in hemoglobin, a molecule in red blood cells that helps carry oxygen throughout the body, boosting energy.
Salmon Salad with Garlic Vinaigrette
Both salmon and garlic strengthen your immune system, counteract inflammation, and lower bad cholesterol. Putting these two foods together creates a double-whammy of positive effects on your body.
Bone Strengthening Cobb Salad
An all-time favorite, known for its abundance of tasty toppings, the Cobb Salad is often overlooked for its superfood pairing of cheese and egg. Egg yolks are filled with vitamin D that allows calcium from cheese to be easily absorbed.