A salad's flavor comes from the veggies, so it's important to be picky about produce. Buy from a farmers' market, and if that's not a possibility, stick to seasonal veggies. Chances are, they will have spent less time traveling from the farm to the store.
Our summer produce favorites include tomatoes, bell peppers, arugula, spinach, and these
Because most greens have a mild taste, they're the perfect bed for sampling other ingredients. Try adding legumes, whole grains, or less common veggies like fennel to find the flavor combinations you crave. See these eight salad toppings you've never tried.
Tyler's tip: Get a low-cal crouton flavor by pulsing bread crumbs, garlic, parsley, olive oil, and salt and pepper in a food processor several times until crumbs turn bright green. Spread the crumbs on a baking sheet, then bake until crispy (about 7 minutes). They create a savory topping for any salad.