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20 Creative, Healthy Salad Ideas for Lunch

I used to think the only way to get a delicious quick lunch salad was a trip to the Whole Foods salad bar.  Since that’s rarely an option these days and not particularly pocketbook friendly, I decide it was time to figure out how to make some great salads at home.

Turns out I just needed some ideas for ingredients that didn’t involve iceberg lettuce {gag} and a lot of days where super quick to pull together when I finally realized I needed to eat. In case you are in need of some ideas, here are 20 salad ideas and tips for things that make them super fast and easy. 20 Easy At Home Salad IdeasBaja Style - Spinach, black beans, chopped peppers, avocado, salsa
*Optional topping of hummus, corn, tortilla chips

Tuna Veggie - Red leaf lettuce, cauliflower, shredded carrots, tuna
*Topping options: hummus or mashed avocado with chili powder and paprika

Italian Mix Salad - Romaine lettuce, sautéed mushrooms and asparagus, tempeh, marina sauce
*Options: Serve on top left over pasta

Seafood Massage - Massaged kale {EVOO}, lemon juice, grapefruit segments, salmon

Sweetly Southwestern - Sweet potato topped with steamed broccoli, pinto beans, sliced jicama, avocado, chili powder, sunflower seeds

Zesty Shrimp - Arugula, cooked shrimp, diced red onion, cubed avocado, lime juice, baby tomatoes, salt and pepper

Berry Happy - Chicken, romaine lettuce, strawberries, blueberries, almonds, red onions, goat cheese, balsamic and EVOO

Peas Please - Butter leaf lettuce, sweet peas, steamed carrots, quinoa, pine nuts, goad cheese, lemon zest, salt, ground black pepper, EVOO
*Optional: mint leaves

Cabbage Patch - 1/2 diced apple, shredded cabbage, diced celery, cucumber, shredded carrot, chickpeas
Dressing: 1 tbsp ACV, 1 tbsp EVOO, ginger, garlic, lime juice, stevia

Bok Choy Slaw - Shredded bok choy, shredded carrots, shredded red cabbage, mandarin oranges, almonds
*Protein: marinated tofu, tempeh or edamame
Dressing: 1 tsp. sesame oil, 1 tsp. tamari, lime juice, a little honey

Mustard Brussels - baby leaf greens, grilled chicken, {steamed or roasted} brussels sprouts, red potatoes, pumpkin seeds
Dressing: Dijon or spicy mustard, 2 tbsp nutritional yeast, lemon juice

Taco Salad - Romaine lettuce, diced tomato, black olives, seasoned ground turkey or beef, black beans, avocado, broccoli
Toppings: Greek yogurt, salsa,

Adult Tuna Salad - Shredded red cabbage, white beans, tuna, diced celery, salt, pepper, garlic powder, lemon juice, EVOO, ACV

Full time Veggie - spinach, broccoli, sliced peppers, artichoke hearts, red onions, edamame, carrots,  grape tomatoes, cucumbers, corn with a mixture of Dijon mustard and EVOO

Happy Hawaiian Salad - Baby greens, sliced bell pepper, diced red onion, pineapple, grilled chicken, Balsamic vinegar, EVOO, salt, pepper

Chicken Harvest - Grilled chicken {or tempeh}, butternut squash, arugula, artichoke, quinoa
Dressing: 1 tbsp EVOO, 1 tbsp ACV, 1 tbsp Dijon mustard, garlic powder, onion powder, garlic powder

Sautee Savory: Baked mahi, sautéed red peppers, asparagus, served over baby greens
Dressing: Mashed avocado, 1 tbsp honey, lemon juice, salt, pepper

Orange Bean Salad - Steamed green beans, orange slices, feta, romaine lettuce, diced red onion with lentils, salt, pepper
Dressing: 1 tbsp EVOO, 1 tbsp white-wine vinegar

Sweetly Green - Sweet potato, thinly sliced green apple, sliced celery, sliced radish, shredded spinach
Dressing: Lemon juice, ginger, 1 tsp sesame seed oil, salt, 1 tbsp flax oil or EVOO
Protein options: Lentils, shrimp

Better Broccoli Salad - Cous Cous, broccoli florets, chickpeas, golden raisins, feta, 1 tbsp red wine vinegar, a little EVOO {a great prep ahead salad that tastes

**TIP: Mix your dressing in a large bowl then put salad ingredients in to save time and get every last drop of dressing.

EASY INGREDIENTS
If your biggest issue is no prep time on the weekends, then it’s worth the couple extra dollars to buy foods that are already sliced and diced. What you save in time, $’s on eating out and calories will make up for the extra cost.
Tips to build a better saladReady to serve:

  • Shredded carrots
  • Shredded broccoli
  • Shredded cabbage
  • Shredded kale
  • Diced onions or celery
  • Bagged chopped broccoli or cauliflower

Frozen for quick use later:

  • Brussel sprouts, diced squash, green beans: Can be steamed in the microwave in 10 minutes or roasted on a pan with other veggies
  • Edamame: Can pull out just the amount you need
  • Fish: Usually requires only 10-15 minute cook time

Staples to have on hand:

  • Hummus
  • Salsa
  • Avocado
  • Lemon {great in your water for detoxing too!}
  • Nuts {whole or slivered}
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • EVOO
  • Mustard of choice
  • Canned beans {or buy in bulk, cook and freeze portions for later}

Homemade dressings:
5 Healthy Vegan Salad Dressings
Big list of no oil salad dressings

What is your strategy for building a healthy EASY lunch?

Are you a fan of the salad?

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