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Healthy Meals Made Easy: Make a Big Salad

A great way to make sure you get your veggies for the week is to make one big salad. I'm more likely to eat a salad everyday if it's already made, as opposed to having to take time to make one everyday. Who has time for that?

It'll take about 30 min to an hour to buy all the stuff you need, and another 30 minutes to wash and cut everything up.

Here are some tips to make it go by even quicker:

  • Make a list of all the things you love in your salad including fresh veggies like carrots, cucumbers, yellow, green, orange, and red peppers, broccoli, cauliflower, and celery. Don't forget the fresh and dried fruit, nuts, flax seeds, and salad dressing as well. Having a list will help you remember everything. There's nothing worse than getting home and realizing you forgot the lettuce.
  • If you don't have a big huge plastic container with a lid, make sure to pick one of those up too.
  • Look for pre-washed lettuce in bags or plastic containers, and baby carrots. Buying these will save you a lot of time.

Want some more tips? Then

  • Once you get home, you won't even have to waste anytime putting your groceries away. Just wash everything and cut it up, and throw it in the container, pop on the lid and place it in the fridge.
  • If you like fresh fruit in your salad, cut it up, squeeze some lemon juice on it, and place it in a separate container.
  • Keep the dried fruit and nuts separate as well, and add them to the individual salads when you make them.

Now you'll have salad ready to have with dinner every night of the week.

Fit's Tips: If you prefer to eat salad for lunch, you can spread that big salad out into 5 separate containers instead of one big one. Then in the morning, you can just grab it before you go.

Join The Conversation
TanyaScott TanyaScott 7 years
I love salads, the bigger the better. I keep them in containers to keep them fresh and crisp.
JKe895 JKe895 10 years
After you wash your greens dry them off before putting them into containers. This will keep them for a week fresh (easily) but Fit is right, more than 5 days and you're pushing it. I just got back from the local market and found a snail crawling along on my lettuce. I put him outside but hey, fresh is fresh, right?!
kscincotta kscincotta 10 years
We actually have a great salad bar at our local Kroger, so when we want salad for dinner, we actually make a big salad right there in the to go box and then eat from that for a few days. It's the perfect solution when you're feeling lazy!
Fitness Fitness 10 years
I keep the lettuce separate from the other veggies - both in sealed plastic containers, and they stay good for about 5 days. Any more is pushing it. I hate when veggies get that slimy mold.
This is a GREAT idea, but is all the stuff still good by the end of the week? How long can a salad be kept in the fridge without losing its qualities, anyway?
JaneDallaway JaneDallaway 10 years
Even if you buy pre-washed salad, I recommend giving it a wash as often its treated with chlorine during the washing process.
swwonder swwonder 10 years
I love salads with lots of red and yellow peppers, yummy. Completely irrelevant but wasn't that woman on a season of Ally McBeal?
Butrfly4404 Butrfly4404 10 years
I'm so happy our produce is starting to look al itte better. I totally quit eating salads over the winter because you're paying MORE for lettuce of bad quality?? Not for me! Last week, I got all the stuff to last a week, but the fam ate up the whole salad that night. Good and bad, I guess!
CAcyclegirl CAcyclegirl 10 years
I make my salad the night before for next day's lunch. I'm a little fussy about salad and like to make it as close to eating it as possible so it doesn't get soggy at all. Also, I make my own dressing (dijon mustard, a little honey sometimes, balsamic or champagne vinegar, and olive oil) that I mix up and pour one serving in a ziplock baggie that I then set on top of the salad in the tupperware container. When I'm ready to eat the dressing can be remixed right in the baggie adn then poured on the salad. works well for me :-)
medicgirl medicgirl 10 years
I love salads, but they never seem to taste as good when I make 'em.
vrico2005 vrico2005 10 years
Luckily there is a salad place close to my work so I walk everyday to get a salad. It's super cheap, fresh and I don't have to worry about forgetting my lunch :)
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