In addition to being good for you, a nice and simple summer salad is a great way to stay cool when the temps outside are anything but. Here’s a great (and filling) salad we’ve been eating for lunch lately. You can vary the ingredients each day depending on what you have on hand or just make a list of what you love and pick up the goodies on your next shopping trip.
We start with a mix of baby spinach and baby greens.
Then we just chop up as many goodies as we can find in the fridge. Luckily we’ve been having salad for a while, so we know to keep a nice variety in the fridge without running out. Why stick with boring green peppers when you can have red, yellow or orange, like we have here?
I love adding chopped up hard boiled eggs to our salads. The “hardest” part is remember to cook them and leave enough time for them to chill before lunch!
My second favorite ingredient after eggs is avocado – delicious!
A deal-breaker for me is adding blue cheese. If we don’t have crumbled blue cheese on hand, then forget it, I’ll just have a sandwich! Not only does it have to be blue cheese, but it has to be Treasure Cave Blue Cheese! I’v tried a few and they are by far my favorite brand! They’ve also got some mouth-watering recipes on their site and printable coupons to save on your next trip for salad fixins! Add some vine-ripened tomatoes or better yet pick one from your garden or stop by your local farmers market for the BEST tomatoes!
To add to the hearty-ness of our salads we add a sprinkle of pine nuts and cranberries. They give it a nice bite!
Depending on what we had for dinner the night before, we might also add a small amount of grilled chicken. Sometimes we pick up packaged grilled chicken like this Oscar Mayer Grilled Chicken – we tried the Southwest variety and it was delicious.
Here’s a standard shopping list of the ingredients we change in and out.
- Red/Orange/yellow Bell Peppers
- Hard Boiled Egg
- Blue Cheese
- Bacon bits
- Pine Nuts
- Dried Cranberries
- Crunchy tortilla strips
- Sesame Sticks
- Sunflower Seeds
- French fried onion pieces
- Grilled Chicken
We add a small amount of bottled dressing or we make our own (I’ll have to post that recipe soon as it is beyond amazing) - I usually go with a red wine vinaigrette and we end up with something like this delicious masterpiece!
It only takes a few minutes to chop everything up, but it’s so nice to have something not only filling, but relatively healthy as well.
I’m always looking for new ideas – what would you put on your favorite Simple Summer Salad?