Transform a bland bed of greens into a tantalising masterpiece with a few simple upgrades. The following ingredients add texture and flavour to any salad. So go get topping and wait for your diners to say: “Seconds, please”.

Crispy halloumi

Bust out your frying pan, sizzle up a serving of halloumi, and pop some chopped up fried cheese on top of your greens. Don’t worry – pan frying won’t melt halloumi like many other kinds of cheese. Instead, searing this delicious treat will create a crunchy exterior with a soft yet chewy texture. Plus, since halloumi is brined, it adds a nice salty taste.

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Crispy onions

This is a winner salad topper – lightly fry onions in olive oil and then dehydrate to a crisp in either the oven or a dehydrator. These munchies are surprisingly sweet and addictive. Toss them in with your greens or mound them on top of your healthy veggie bowl. I sprinkle these candied onions on practically everything. It’s one of my favourite recipes in my upcoming cookbook, FOOD YOU WANT For The Life You Crave!

Terra chips

No croutons? No worries. Next time you’re craving a nice crunch on top of your creamy-coated greens, try adding Terra chips. The chips add texture and delicious flavour to salads. Experiment with Terra’s different flavours to complement your dressing and taste preferences.

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Seaweed crisps

Seaweed isn’t just for sushi. Boasting beneficial nutrients and an addictive salty taste, next time you whip up a robust salad, you’ve gotta try little bits of nori on top. A few years ago, I stumbled across these crunchy seaweed chips called Chompers and have loved sprinkling them on my greens ever since. They come in a variety of flavours and you can pick up a pack on Amazon.

Spiced nuts

Pecans, cashews, walnuts, pistachios, almonds, hazelnuts, macadamia … the list goes on. Whatever your favourite, nuts add a fun crunch to salads. While they’re great straight up, if you’re looking for a spicy kick try the maple cayenne pecans or the cumin cayenne roasted pistachios.

Dried mango

If you crave a sweet/savoury combo, try adding dried fruit into your salads. Mango’s sweet tartness and chewy texture is an upgrade from the traditional raisin, cherry, or cranberry (although, those are great options too).

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Raw broccoli slaw

This yummy salad topper is basically a healthier version of traditional coleslaw. It’s made with shredded raw broccoli stalks in place of the cabbage. And what to do with the florets? Toss them into your salad too – the cruciferous veggie tends to absorb dressing/marinade flavours well, making them nutritious and delicious.

Nealy Fischer is the founder of The Flexible Chef , a global lifestyle brand that offers creative solutions to become more confident in your life. Fischer splits her time between Montana, Hong Kong and Israel.

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