January 22, 2016
Simple Salad Hack : Chopped Salad
I’ve got a great salad hack for you today that I know you’ll love (if you like salads or are trying to eat more of them). Even our kids love this salad mix and it’s easy to prepare ahead and even easier to get a nutritious dinner and salad on the table. Here’s how I use this DIY salad mix:
- Prep ahead for 2-3 nights of side salads – wash and dry greens and veggies and put in a bag with a paper towel to absorb any moisture.
- Put dressing and other ingredients in the bottom of a mason jar and put the greens on top. Shake when ready to eat – instant lunch.
- Dinner salad – add a protein and a couple other ingredients like tomatoes, avocado, cucumbers, nuts, and favorite dressing. Our favorite salad? Barbecue chicken and ranch dressing with cheddar cheese – yum!
Here’s how to make your own chopped salad mix at home – you just need a couple ingredients and about 15 minutes to wash and cut your veggies. I use baby kale and baby romaine because it’s smaller and has a good texture that my kids will eat. I buy pre-washed lettuce and organic produce when I can – that’s just my preference because it’s quick and easy. Feel free to adapt and change to fit your taste!
- red cabbage
- green cabbage
- green onions
- baby kale
- baby romaine
- carrots – I use the pre-shredded variety
Prep your greens – this is what I do for 2-3 days of salads for our family of 5:
- Wash and cut up or shred in food processor, half a head of each cabbage (keep the other half in the fridge for later in the week).
- Wash and cut up 3-5 green onions. If you’re not into onions, leave them out.
- Chop about 3 ounces each of pre-washed baby kale and romaine. I use a food prep scissors to make this really quick and easy.
- Add about a cup of shredded or chopped carrots.
- Combine ingredients and portion out enough for dinner that night and then pre-portion any remaining for lunches and dinner for the next 2-3 days. I use zip top bags with a paper towel in it to absorb moisture for a larger amount and canning jars for individual lunch servings.
I love menu planning and looking for ways to make dinner a little easier.
Here’s a FREE printable just for you: