Beans – Some popular beans to add to your salad include red kidney beans, black beans and chickpeas. They are a great source of protein. You can use canned beans or prepare some at home.

Cheese – You can either use shredded hard cheeses such as cheddar and parmesan or soft cheese that easily crumble like feta, goat and blue cheese. Cheese adds more flavour to your salad.

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Corn – Corn kernels not only add that pop of colour to your salads, but also more nutrients.

Dried fruits – A variety of dried fruits you can add to your salad include cranberries and raisins.

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Eggs – Boil those eggs and add them to your salad for an extra serving of protein. You can hardboiled them for best results.

Fresh fruit – Avocados, mangoes, berries, apples, and cherries are popular fruit additions to your salad.

Herbs – Herbs add flavor or fragrance to your dishes. Popular fresh herbs to add to salads or salad dressings include basil, mint, parsley and cilantro.

Meats – You can add shredded or sliced chicken, pork, or beef to your salads. To achieve this, cook them in a slow cooker for hours so that they are easy to detach from the bone.

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Nuts – Look for raw or dry-roasted varieties without added salt, sugar or preservatives. Popular nuts include walnuts, cashew nuts, almonds and peanuts. All these will add an extra crunch to your healthy salad.

Olives – They add the extra kick to your salad. Types of olives you can add include Kalamata and black olives.

Seeds – Look for dry-dried varieties. Popular seeds include pumpkin, sunflower and chia seeds. They are rich in magnesium and what a clever way to consume them than in a salad!

Whole grains – Quinoa and couscous are the perfect grains to add to your salad. They need to be pre-cooked before they are added.

Karen is a twin, fashionista, workout enthusiast, part time model and full time employee. She spends her leisure time praying, listening to podcasts, cooking and posting her recipes on her Instagram page @kaysfooddelights

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