Rule numero uno: There are NOT any Rules! Be Creative!! :) Its your work of art, have fun!
I do have one word of caution: read the ingredients on your store dressings... if you can just omit the dressing all together and squeeze fresh lemon or lime!
I feel like salad has been giving a bad wrap.. (yes putting your salad in a wrap is a great way to eat it!) There are so many varieties and combos to making an excellent salad. Please don't bore yourself with the same old thing everyday. This time is year it is so fun to make salad creations! Here is an awful (from my iphone) photo of my lunch yesterday. It took me about 5 minutes to make!
1 handful of spring greens
1 handful baby spinach
3 strawberries chopped
1/2 red pepper chopped
low sodium corn chips (crumbs really)
a scoop of black beans
1/2 roma tomato
1 scoop if mango salsa
I had some creamy tomatillo dressing made up from a few days ago. You really don't need it with this flavorful combo.
Combine and enjoy! There is no going wrong with a salad!
Salads are a great way to eat leftovers. I say grab a handful of spinach and last nights dinner, combine them, and call it today's salad special! I love topping my salads with fruit, salsa, beans, rice, any grain is great, or just a squeeze of lemon. You can throw your newly created salad into a whole wheat pita, a fun wrap, or even roll it up in a romaine leaf for extra greens! I rarely use dressing on my salad, it took a little time to get use to, but now the fruit or salsa is plenty of "dressing" or flavor to keep me happy.
Now I hope my rules where very clear... Be creative! Enjoy this season of fresh from the garden goodness!!