Stocking your fridge full of veggies is a great way to keep you and the planet healthy. One past study found a widespread shift to a plant-based diet by 2050 could remove more than 16 years’ worth of carbon emissions from the atmosphere. The only problem? Salads don’t get a whole lot of people excited. Luckily, that’s about to change.
Everything tastes better air-fried—even salads. Just ask TikTok creator Alexa Rae Loebel, who has been racking up thousands of views on her air fryer salad videos. While the thought of air frying a salad might seem a little weird at first, she’s proven it’s the easiest way to upgrade your work-from-home lunches. Instead of getting soggy, it has the perfect amount of melt-in-your-mouth crispiness.
“I was craving one of those charred romaine Caesar salads one day, and since I don’t have a grill, I looked at my air fryer and thought ‘let’s just try it and see.’ I haven’t eaten a salad any other way since,” she tells Brightly. “Salads don’t have to be boring! You can get so creative and still keep things healthy and balanced. It’s completely changed how I view meal prep and putting salads together.”
So, now that you’re drooling over a salad, how do you go about making an air-fried version for yourself? Here’s how Loebel assembles the perfect air fryer salad, step by step.
How to Make an Air Fryer Salad
Protein of choice
Toppings of choice
Dressing of choice
1. Air fry romaine leaves for 4 to 5 minutes at 400°F.
2. Chop into bite-size pieces, add a dash of olive oil, and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
3. Put your romaine in a bowl and add your toppings of choice, like avocado, onions, pecans, and tomatoes.
4. Add your protein of choice. (For plant-based options, click here!)
5. Top with dressing and enjoy.
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