I’ve been craving salads lately which is convenient, because I also feel like life has gotten crazy busy. Salads are wonderful because I can throw them together in just a few minutes, and there are so many combinations, I never get bored with them. They’re the perfect way to use up those leftovers in the crisper drawer, and (when packed with the right ingredients) they can keep you full!
So here are 5 salads you can make in under 5 minutes (you know, depending on how fast you can chop those veggies.) Keep these in your pocket (or pinterest board) for those days when you just don’t have time to fix something complicated!
Strawberry Walnut Salad
This one was Alex’s idea. We used arugula, kale, strawberries, walnut, cheese (I recommend goat cheese or another soft cheese) and a little balsamic vinegar. The walnuts provide some healthy fats the cheese will give this a little more “staying” power, and the strawberries will pump you up with vitamin C!
Simple Chickpea Salad
The full recipe post is here but it’s basically just chickpeas, peppers & onions tossed in olive oil, lemon juice and salt. So simple, so refreshing. And chickpeas are full of protein and fiber to keep you full!
Black Bean & Avocado Salad
I blogged about this here, and the credit goes to my old roommate Stephanie, but this salad is one of my favorite summer lunches! Black beans, bell peppers and jalapeno peppers, smothered in avocado and cilantro make the perfect refreshing dish!
Pumped Up Kale
Ok so this one is cheating. Just take a bag of frozen rice & veggies (I buy the seasoned kind from Trader Joe’s, which is great, but there are lots of store brands out there) warmed it up, and tossed it on top of a bed of kale. Does this still count as a salad? Sure, why not. It would honestly be great on raw kale, but I cooked mine for a minute or two, just to soften things up. (All the details are on the original post here.)
Easy Greek Salad
I’m not the only one battling a Feta addiction, right? Lately it’s like I can’t get enough of it! Mixed greens, red onion, cucumbers, Feta (and olives if you like those. I hate them) tossed with a little olive oil and balsamic vinegar, and you’ve got a salad on the table!
All of these salads could be enjoyed on their own, or along with a sandwich, some pita & hummus, a cup of soup, or whatever you’re craving! I love tossing these together, because it’s such an easy way to eat my veggies!