Simple Salad for Hectic Day Meals

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Simple Salad

Sometimes What You Need is a Simple Salad

The holidays are a stressful time for everyone.  There’s so much to do, more people are out on the roads, less patience, and less time to get everything done.  Many of us start eating things on the run that we normally wouldn’t, just to save time, and that takes a toll not only on our wallets, but on our bodies as well.  Keeping a few simple ingredients in the refrigerator gives you a selection of easy to make foods that keep your energy and immune system up and hopefully keeps the stress of what to make down.  One of these easy dishes is a Simple Salad.  I make my Simple Salad so it’s a whole meal in one bowl.  I even make up dressings ahead of time and keep them in the fridge so I can toss everything into the bowl and eat it up.  The great thing is you can use any kind of meat, from a rotisserie chicken from the store to deli meat, to leftover turkey or steak.  It all works with Simple Salad, and it keeps you going.

Fresh and Healthy Ingredients for Simple Salad

I keep my absolute favorites in stock for my Simple Salad.  Baby spinach, blended with other dark leafy greens, or on it’s own, is the basis for almost every Simple Salad I make.  It keeps my energy up and my stress down.  English cucumbers, all kinds of sweet peppers, different colors of tomatoes, avocados, and any other fresh produce that is in season or on sale finds a home in my refrigerator.  Carrots and celery also make their way into my Simple Salad, although after finding out how the baby carrots are “made”, I shy away from them and stay with a traditional carrot.  If the broccoli or cauliflower looks good, I grab some of that too.  The variety is endless.  As long as it’s fresh and nutritious, it goes in my Simple Salad.  I top my Simple Salad with dried fruit, such as cranberries, blueberries, and cherries, as well as nuts such as crunch almonds, pecans, and walnuts.  For an extra special treat, I sometimes toast hazelnuts and sprinkle them over the top.  I leave off the croutons or other wheat based crunchies, as I have found they bring my energy level down, making me tired, something I’m trying to avoid!  I always top my Simple Salad with a protein of some sort.  Leftovers are awesome, such as chicken or steak, but sometimes I don’t have time to make anything, so I’ll pick up a rotisserie chicken or some lean, minimally processed deli meat.  It makes a great topping, gives you the perfect bite, and fills that need of some good protein to keep you going with your Simple Salad.

Simple Salad for Hectic Day Meals

Simple Salad for Hectic Day Meals


  • dark leafy greens (spinach, kale, romaine, etc)
  • cucumbers, sliced
  • sweet peppers, diced
  • tomatoes, cut into bite sized pieces
  • avocados, peeled and diced
  • broccoli, diced
  • cauliflower, diced
  • dried fruit (cherries, cranberries, blueberries, etc)
  • chopped nuts (pecans, walnuts, almonds, etc)
  • lean meat, sliced or diced into bite sized pieces
  • salad dressing


  1. Layer all the ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Top with a drizzle of salad dressing.
  3. Enjoy!

Making Simple Salad Ahead

I often keep a big bowl of Simple Salad in the fridge, just so I have something into grab on those nights that I really don’t even have time to cut up the veggies.  Simple Salad is something that the whole family can enjoy, and you don’t have to worry about how long it’s going to be until dinner.  Simple Salad is there for you any time.

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