The light texture of popcorn is great in any salad, plus it adds only a few calories and dressing clings lovingly to it. Also try the old picnic classic, Popcorn Salad, instead of pasta or potato salad, though we recommend substituting Greek yogurt for the mayonnaise and going light on the cheese and bacon.
Noodles and pasta add a pleasing texture to a salad and enough weight to make it perfect for dinner. Toss in cooled cooked penne or rotini for an al dente bite, or try this Dang Cold Asian Noodle Salad from Guy Fieri.
Steep some tea leaves in the vinegar base for your salad dressing for a delicious antioxidant boost. Rachael Ray's Green Tea Salad has a perfect balance of Asian spices and the fragrant flavor of green tea.
A little cinnamon adds just the right interesting spice note to a vinaigrette. This type of dressing is perfect in a salad that includes fruit as it balances out the sweet notes. Try this Strawberry Salad With Cinnamon Vinaigrette.
Dill or sweet pickles can be tossed into picnic salads for a tangy crunch. Pickled vegetables can also be added to any dinner salad for a vinegary bite that pairs perfectly with steak, as in this Steak Salad With Pickled Vegetables
An egg adds only 80 delicious calories to a salad. The creaminess of the soft yolk mingles with the acid of the vinaigrette to create a velvety dressing. Try this Frisée Salad With Poached Egg for a simple yet elegant starter.