Salads need to have a ton of goodies. When most people make a salad they give you a ton of lettuce and then a couple slices of tomatoes, carrots, and cucumber if you are lucky. So the first couple of bites are good because you can have a bite of lettuce with a piece of carrot, but halfway through your salad there is nothing but lettuce left and most people (including myself)don't want to finish it then. Therefore when making a salad add many different ingredients so that the salad is always different and exciting.
In my salad tonight I put in spinach (that I grew in my own garden)carrots,tomatoes, broccoli,cauliflower,cucumbers,olives,avocado,eggs,steak,and then for toppers I have chooses of raisins, sunflower seeds, almonds, and croutons. If you want gluten free croutons you can take gluten free bread brush the bread with olive oil and then broil. Once browned on one side flip and brown the other side. Watch to make sure not to burn the bread. Take out let cool and cut pieces into the size that you want, and than you have gluten free croutons for half the cost that they charge you in the store. I had these vegetables on my salad tonight because when I was at the store this week I bought a head of cauliflower, 2 heads of broccoli,and a cucumber. A great way to save money is to buy produce every four or five days and plan out your meals for those days off of the food that you buy. That way you have no wasted food and no food that spoils. This week a lot of my spinach was ready to harvest so I harvested and was able to make salad three times this week. One of the salad I did had chicken instead of steak and one of the salads did not have cucumber because I ran out.