December 20th, 2018
A slice of pizza can be a standalone meal. It contains the carbs, proteins, and fats you need. Topped with meats and veggies, it can provide all the vitamins and minerals you need for a healthy body. Even though pizza stands alone, you should always consider ordering your favorite pie with a side salad. A side salad is the perfect complement to pizza and can make grabbing a slice feel like a meal, rather than a snack. Here are just some of the reasons you should grab a side salad the next time you order a slice.
Textures Made For Each Other
Imagine for a second, the texture of a perfect slice of pizza. Foldable and chewy dough, with a little crispiness around the edges. The toppings are dense and hearty and the cheese is stretchy. Now think about what is missing from that texture. A little crunch. There is nothing crunchier than a perfect chopped side salad with fresh and juicy vegetables. Together a slice of pizza and a side salad can give you all the textures your mouth craves.
A Perfect Flavor Punch
Beyond texture, the flavors of pizza and a side salad are perfectly matched. Pizza is umami, a powerful savory flavor that is found in meats, cheeses, and tomatoes and other vegetables. Beyond the umami flavor, cheese is salty, the sauce is sweet, and the dough is earthy. Now that delicious blend of flavors makes for a rich and indulgent taste. Now a side salad, on the other hand, is fresh and light. Paired with the heavier flavors of pizza, the lighter flavor of a salad can highlight all the richness of your pizza.
Pairing a pizza with a salad is the perfect duo for any meal. There are a variety of great sides you can pair with a pizza, but nothing beats a side salad. Imagine eating cheese fries or mashed potatoes with your pizza. It would be delicious for sure, but the meal would probably just be too heavy. A salad is light, easy, and goes brilliantly with a slice of pie.
The Perfect Healthy Balance
Beyond just being a match for textures and flavors, salad and pizza together are also healthy. Pizza is a surprisingly healthy food, it’s loaded with protein, antioxidants, and good fats. Adding a healthy side salad which is rich in vitamins, minerals, and fiber ensures that your body is getting everything it needs from the meal. It’s the perfect way to eat your favorite food and still meet your nutritional needs for the day.