When you need to grab a healthy bite and go, there’s nothing better than a fresh salad. You can add, subtract or exchange ingredients as you please and still be left with something tasty and full of nutrients. You can make a large salad ahead of time and portion it out for the week, or just prepare a single serving. Here’s a recipe for a simple salad, including some options to change up the ingredients and keep things fun!
Ingredients- serves 1
1.5 C of spinach, packed
1/4 C strawberries, cut into bite-sized pieces
2 Tbsp slivered almonds
2 Tbsp goat cheese, crumbled
1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 Tsp apple cider vinegar
Put all ingredients except almond slivers, oil and vinegar in a bowl and stir until well combined
In a separate small bowl, combine oil and vinegar, then stir
Pour oil and vinegar onto salad mixture and stir to coat
If you have time, allow the salad to sit in the fridge for 20 minutes so flavors are absorbed
Pour in almond slivers and stir. If preparing a large portion for the week, keep almonds in a separate bowl and add when you’re ready to eat. This will prevent them from getting too soggy.
How can you change this up?
Try blueberries instead of strawberries
Try toasted pecans or chopped walnuts in place of slivered almonds
Add 4 oz shredded chicken for extra protein
If vegetarian, add 1/4 C quinoa for extra protein
Try using butter lettuce, mixed herbs or baby romaine in place of spinach
What are your favorite salad mix ins? Have you ever though about adding or swapping ingredients in a recipe? It’s a great way to make something your own!