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Building the Perfect Salad + My Top 5 Favorite Mixes


Spring has sprung! Well, almost but with the time change this weekend it definitely is right around the corner. Nothing screams Spring like a bright, colorful, crunchy salad. Today I'm sharing my blueprint for the perfect salad + a few of my favorite mixes. 


Not only do I love salads this time of year, but they are also a huge part of trying to be my healthiest for Summer. I try to eat as many salads as possible since it's the perfect non-carb base for your meal. My personal favorite base is arugula. Not only does it hold up so well in the fridge (store it with a dry paper towel in the container to soak up moisture) but it's my favorite taste! The only time I stray from my favorite arugula, is if I'm creating a mexican salad and then I reach for romaine! 

Since eating salads day after day can tend to get tedious and boring, I decided I would share a few that I rotate out! The best part is I can keep a plethora of dry ingredients for weeks and rotate in and out produce depending on what I'm craving that week! First, I made a little cheat sheet of some of the best mixable, matchable salad toppings. 


I'm going to share the toppings I use for each salad, feel free to choose whatever base you think fits best! I like to make a huge batch of chicken at the beginning of the week and use that as my protein, it's easy and delicious! Also, I'm not a huge fan of dressing so I usually just use lemon juice, salsa or no dressing but I figured most people wouldn't like that so I'm sharing what dressing I think fits best.  And lastly, I hate onions so I will never included them in any salads but feel free to add them if you like! 

S I M P L E 
Roasted Red Peppers
Goat Cheese
Chicken 
Avocado
Dressing: Hummus & Lemon Juice
See the blog post on this salad here


G R E E K 
Grilled Chicken
Cucumbers
Feta Cheese
Olives
Roasted Red Peppers
Broccoli Slaw (Just the strips, no dressing)
Dressing: Greek Yogurt Taziki Sauce
See the sandwich version of the salad here


S W E E T 
Watermelon
Grilled Chicken 
Feta Cheese
Walnuts
Dressing: A little bit of balsamic vinegar


T E X  M E X 
Black Beans
Chicken (or Shrimp!)
Avocado
Tomatoes
Cojita Cheese
Sweet Potatoes
Lime Juice
Dressing: Tomatillo Salsa


E V E R Y T H I N G
Chicken
Walnuts
Avocado
Feta Cheese
Dried Cranberries
Hummus
DressingRaspberry Vinaigrette 
See the blog post on this salad here

If you're taking a salad on the go and you want your chicken (or beans to be hot), pack all the toppings in a container and then carry the lettuce in a separate baggie. Keeping the dressing separate will also help from it becoming soggy! I hope this handy little salad guide will give you some new Spring recipes! What is your favorite salad? I would love to hear what you think if you try any of these! 

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