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    23 Unusual Salad Additions That'll Actually Make You Want To Eat A Salad

    Listen, salads don't have to be sad. You don't have to settle for a bowl of iceberg lettuce with like, three baby tomatoes and some bacon bits you already fished out and ate at 11:45 this morning. You can have more. You can have bee pollen, olives, roasted chickpeas, or kimchi. The salad sky is the limit and it's filled with wasabi peas.

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    1. Bee pollen for a subtle hit of sweetness that pairs nicely with cheddar cheese or other salty additions.

    It also works on ice cream, smoothies, acai bowls, or any other food that could use a little sweetness.

    Get one pound from Amazon for $15.95.

    2. Some edamame that'll make your lunch seem more eda-ble.

    Promising review: "I use these daily in my salad. This package is convenient because I can take out about 1/2 cup at a time, cook for about two and half minutes covered with plastic wrap in microwave, then keep the rest in the freezer. This is difficult to find, and I was pleasantly surprised to find it! I usually buy three at a time!" —lmevans

    Get 14 ounces of frozen edamame from Jet for $1.89.

    Check out the full recipe to make edamame-chickpea power salad.

    3. Kimchi for offering a spicy kick to your food, along with antioxidants and probiotics.

    Promising review: "I love this stuff and eat it daily with my salads. I go through a 28 ounce container in less than a week. It's delicious and healthy to boot! It arrives quickly and very neatly packaged. My only concern is the shipping cost. I try to order several at a time to reduce the shipping. I am hooked." —I Gillson

    Get a 1.75 pound bag from Amazon for $14.99.

    4. Roasted or baked chickpeas that will have everyone asking for more, pretty peas.

    Promising review: "Great protein option on the go! I am very pleased with this product. It's delicious and easy to take with you to add to salads, soups, meals, or just as a snack. The two ounce portion is a perfect protein portion!" —YLH

    Get a pack of six, two ounce bags from Amazon for $16.74.

    Check out the full recipe to make a spicy roasted chickpeas, kale, and mango salad.

    5. Dried hibiscus flowers for a unique dressing that will make petal-ling your salad to your family way easier.

    Promising review: "This is the best hibiscus I have ever ordered. It has a lot of kick to it so one teaspoon is plenty per cup. It smells great and taste amazing. I drink it everyday to lower my blood pressure and it's working." —Amanda Renee Sinclair

    Get one pound from Amazon for $11.81.

    6. Spicy honey that works both as a drizzle on top or mixed into a vinaigrette for a hot and sweet lunch.

    Promising review: "Ooooohhh yea! Nice heat. Great if you don't want to make your own. I use on meat, chicken, fish, and salads multiple times a week." —jz

    Get it from Amazon for $11.17.

    7. Pepitas are a great snack and an even better addition for pumpkin up your salad.

    Promising review: "This is my second order of pumpkin seeds and I've been very pleased. It's impossible to find these raw seeds in stores and, since discovering how rich in magnesium they are, I've been using them. I like to sprinkle them on salads, make pumpkin seed butter for toast, and my husband likes them roasted with a little olive oil and sea salt." —akreader

    Get two pounds from Amazon for $14.99.

    Check out the full recipe to make a green salad with apples, cranberries, and pepitas.

    8. Creatively flavored olives are the salty option your bland salad has been dying for.

    Oloves are little snack packs filled with olives in flavors like chili oregano, lemon rosemary, chili garlic, and basil garlic.

    Promising review: "I love the quality and variety offered in here. SURPRISE! Some are green and some are black. The spicy flavors are a bit spicy for me to just sit down and snack on, but they are absolutely wonderful to make a boring salad so much tastier. I don't mind splurging on them as the flavor is great and they added so much to salads and cooked dishes. The non spicy ones I just sat down and snacked on, 50 calories in the pack!" —Shikago

    Get a pack of 12 from Amazon for $14.43.

    9. Trail mix is basically just a mix of toppings eagerly waiting for you add some greens and call it a salad.

    This mix has goji berries, raisins, almonds, chia seeds, flax seeds, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, and sunflower seeds.

    Promising review: "This blend of nuts and seeds is not only good on salad, but tastes great in plain Greek yogurt and vanilla yogurt. It's healthy and I love the fact you can see exactly what you are getting in the bag." —Sherry H.

    Get 24 ounces from Amazon for $13.99.

    Check out the full recipe to make this vegan and gluten-free trail mix salad.

    10. Sprinkles of dried seaweed — it'll add a nice umami flavor you don't normally find in your run-of-the-mill cobb salads., gimMe

    Promising review: "I love seaweed, and it's a plus that it's organic. It's cheaper than the ones they sell at the local grocery stores. It goes great in almost any kind of dish (soup, noodles, salads, and of course sushi) and it is also great just to snack on it alone." —SeeTee

    Get 50 sheets from Amazon for $17.95 or 12 packs of teriyaki flavored nori from Jet for $10.98.

    11. Pasta to fill out your limp lettuce and keep you full for longer. If you're trying to cut down on carbs (hence the salad) try chickpea pasta instead.

    Get 16 ounces of penne from Amazon for $1.39. See BuzzFeed's full review for Banza chickpea pasta.

    Check out the full recipe to make classic pasta salad.

    12. Wasabi peas for adding a crunch and zip to please anyone who loves a little heat in their food.

    These wasabi-coated peas are kosher parve certified. They're an easy and tasty way to add some protein and fiber.

    Get two pounds from Amazon for $11.23.

    13. Edible flowers — they won't add much to the flavor of your salad, but they'll will definitely make it way more 'Gram-worthy.

    Get seven seed packets for edible wildflowers from Amazon for $16.50.

    Check out the full recipe to make spring salad with edible flowers.

    14. Salt and vinegar broccoli — it's a lot more exciting than the regular ilk, so you'll find yourself actually excited to eat a salad for once.

    Promising review: "A good option for a crunch snack that is healthy, gluten free, and not full of calories!" —Sarah, Enfield, CT

    Get four ounces from Nuts for $9.99.

    15. Everything bagel seasoning (aka the perfect solution for when your cravings don't line up with your new healthy lifestyle).

    The jar comes with poppy seeds, sesame seeds, sea salt, garlic, and onion.

    Promising review: "The flavor of this is really good, as it does resemble an everything bagel. I bought it to season veggies, but I find I'm sprinkling it on lots of different foods. I put it on my grilled chicken and even on my salad. It's really versatile." —Helene S.

    Get 2.3 ounces from Amazon for $7.36.

    Check out the full recipe to make everything bagel seasoning wedge salad.

    16. Pizza toppings like pepperoni that may help you forget that you're eating a salad instead of a slice.

    Get five ounces of mini pepperoni for $3.59.

    Check out the full recipe to make pizza pasta salad.

    17. A can of tart cherries to make it seem like summer has come early, no matter what the blowing wind outside says.

    Get one can from Jet for $4.08 or eight cans from Walmart for $31.99.

    Check out the full recipe to make farro salad with tart cherries.

    18. Wild rice for keeping you full, lowering your cholesterol, and providing lots of fiber.

    Promising review: "Cheaper than at the store. Super easy to make and very yummy. I made a wild rice salad with it. Will buy again." —E. Pandosh

    Get eight ounces from Amazon for $5.08.

    Check out the full recipe to make this turkey and wild rice curry salad.

    19. Citrus bites that'll make getting your vitamin C for the day feel a lot like throwing candy into your salad.

    Baobab blood orange bites have electrolytes, antioxidants, and plenty of fiber. The lemon bites are pleasantly tart and low calorie.

    Get blood orange or lemon cubes from Nuts for $4.99.

    20. Doritos — a good compromise addition when you're still transitioning from junk food to veggies.

    Get a party size bag from Amazon for $3.82, Jet for $3.85, or Walmart for $3.48.

    Check out the full recipe to make ultimate Dorito taco salad.

    21. Fried onions — a classic crunchy treat that you won't be crying over.

    Promising review: "These are the originals and are exactly what you expect them to be. In addition to being essential for green bean casserole, they are delicious as a snack, on salad, on top of french onion soup (instead of carb-heavy bread or croutons), on hamburgers, but not on ice cream (just seeing if you are awake)." —A

    Get 26.5 ounces from Amazon for $8.45 (also check out crispy jalapeños).

    22. Zucchini noodles to trick your body into thinking it's eating pasta when it's actually eating vegetables — the perfect crime.

    Get 10.5 ounces from Jet for $5.79 or make your own with a spiralizer from Amazon for $27.99.

    Check out the full recipe for this Cajun smoked salmon zucchini noodles salad.

    23. Chow mein noodles that'll bring the crunch and make lunch feel like you ordered take out, even though you only had to take it out of the fridge.

    Get a five ounce can from Walmart for $1.48 or 12, three ounce cans from Amazon for $13.44.

    Check out the full recipe for this Chinese chicken salad.

    Be as happy as Milhouse to eat a salad.


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