The idea with a tropical salad is to grab fruits that you would not normally have and that meet the superfood criteria. For example, you may want to reach for mango, papaya, plantains instead of bananas, and fresh coconut. You can even use a simple ginger and coconut milk puree to create a dressing that will give added benefits and a spicy kick.
If you want something that packs a bit more of a punch than just greens or fruit, consider a simple salmon salad. You can use a grilled or broiled salmon as the main protein and get your omega oils in the process.
A bed of broccoli, cauliflower, or asparagus can give the added anti-aging kick with a small base of kale or other leafy green. If that doesn’t add enough taste for you, or you find it to be a little dry consider a ginger and olive oil blend dressing or sauce. You have a full salad of superfoods packed with anti-aging and memory boosting properties all in one meal.
Kid Friendly Salad
If you are trying to find ways to pack a salad for your kids, but you want them to actually eat it, consider doing a fresh kid friendly fruit salad with apples, greek yogurt, and walnuts. This will give the superfood of apples as the base, greek yogurt that can be supercharged with chia seeds, and walnuts for your seeds and nuts components.
Your kids think they are eating a common fruit they love, while you know they are getting the superfoods they need to keep them active throughout the day and boost their memory.
Remember that the trick to superfood salads, especially ones made in a jar and prepped ahead of time, is in the layering. You want to keep your harder vegetables towards the bottom and leafy greens towards the top.
You can choose to have your salad dressing on the side rather than in the jar, if you want to make the salads last a few days longer and keep harder vegetables from softening over time.