I’m always in a big hurry when it comes to lunch which means I’ll usually eat something that’s fast and not always very healthy. It’s just never easy for me to find something that’s fast, healthy and delicious. I may find two of the three but rarely do I hit the trifecta.
Recently, when I was shopping in Publix, I was craving a salad. I decided if I was going to eat salad, I wanted something different, not your plain old “vanilla” salad. I bought a bunch of stuff to try and it has turned out to be such a yummy combination, I thought I’d share it with you in case you’re looking for a quick lunchtime meal that’s healthy and actually tastes good.
Here’s what I tossed in the buggy at Publix.
I bought three kinds of lettuce: Spring Mix, Hearts of Romaine and a kale/spinach combo. Since I was going for fast and easy, I really liked that everything had already been washed and was ready to go. I’ve mainly been using the Romaine and the kale/spinach, so far.
I bought crinkle cut carrots which are bite size, so no wasted time cutting them up. I also bought edamame beans and something called “Tomato Trinity” which is really just tomatoes, celery and onion all chopped up. I don’t always use the trinity combination on the salad, just depends on what mood I’m in. The onion does give it some extra zip.
I’ve never tried these snack sprouts before but oh my gosh, they are insanely good! I LOVE Feta cheese, love the texture, the flavor, everything about it. When I saw this tomato basil Feta cheese, I knew I had to try it. It did not disappoint!
This combination has been so good, I’ve been eating salad three times a day! Seriously! My body is probably in shock from all this healthy eating. :) I usually make this salad on a dinner size plate, instead of a salad plate since it’s my meal and I’m making it a bit bigger than this.
If you like, you could toss some chicken on top or make a tuna salad to go on the side. The Feta cheese has been enough to satisfy the protein part for me. I’ve found this salad to be really filling, not like most salads that leave me still hungry.
I usually pour a little of these dressings in a bowl and just barely dip each bite of salad into it. I never pour my dressing on my salad because I find I hardly use any when it’s in a bowl on the side. I think you just use less when it’s not poured on top of the salad.
This meal literally takes 2 minutes to fix from start to finish since everything is already cut-up and ready to go. Even though I may be paying a little more since everything is already prepared, it’s been worth it since it’s fast and keeps me from running through the drive-thru window each day for lunch.
I’ve always liked Feta cheese and edamame, but now I’m hooked on the little bean sprouts. The flavor is really different, just perfect when you don’t want the same ho-hum salad. Umm, I wonder how slivered/sliced almonds would taste in this salad?
I’m eating healthier and saving the expense of eating out as much. I’ve already gotten 4-5 meals out of this and there’s enough left for several more. I’m not saying I won’t still hit the drive-thru occasionally, but I’m definitely less tempted now.
Do you have a favorite salad combination? Any suggestions? I love a mix of different flavors so share your faves and give me some more ideas!