Take inspiration from nature when building a healthy vegetarian salad, and fill it with the best the farmer's market has to offer! Greens such as watercress, arugula or frissee form a textured base for gourmet salads and a nice change from the usual iceberg or romaine blends. Add color, texture and unusual ingredients to make your gourmet salad unexpected and exciting: blueberries, pinenuts, candied pecans, fennel, edamame, or, if you're not vegan, an artisan cheese. And for the final touch, of course, you need a gourmet homemade salad dressing.
Grapefruit, fennel and avocado salad (pictured)
Quinoa salad with blueberries
Fresh fennel and mint salad
Watercress and frissee salad with avocado
Portabella and arugula salad
Need some inspiration? Browse through these beautiful gourmet salad ideas:
See also: More healthy homemade salads