Dinner · Lifestyle

How to Build a Salad Bowl (that doesn’t suck)

Salads are so commonly associated with bland, boring diet food. But with a nourishment-forward mindset, they can make the most incredible – and delicious – meals!

Healthy food that is colourful and visually appealing is more exciting to look forward to, don’t you think? The trick is to pile all the ingredients around your bowl for a picture-perfect meal, like I’ve instructed below.

I prefer using the term “bowl” over salad, because I like to bulk up the meal with whole grains and legumes, not just toss some lettuce with dressing and think it’s going to work some weight loss magic. Meals like this will provide lasting energy and keep you satisfied for hours.

Standard measurements for 1 bowl:

  • 1 cup leafy greens
  • 1/2 cup chopped raw or roasted veggies
  • 1/2 cup cooked whole grains
  • 3/4 cup legumes, tofu, or veggie burger
  • 2 tbsp nuts, seeds, and/or dried fruit
  • 1-2 tbsp salad dressing
  • Fresh herbs, as desired


  1. Lay down the leafy greens first, covering the bottom of the bowl. This is the “bed” of your bowl.
  2. Working clockwise, pile the veggies, whole grains, and protein on top of the leafy bed around the bowl.
  3. Place the nuts, seeds, and/or dried fruit in the center of the bowl.
  4. Drizzle the dressing over the bowl and sprinkle with chopped, fresh herbs if desired.
  5. Enjoy!

Here are some of the bowl recipes currently on GBL:
Kale & Quinoa Salad
Sushi Bowl
Goddess Bowl
Bok Choy Teriyaki Rice Bowl
BBQ Rainbow Bean Bowls

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