Salad, side dish, Side Dishes

$2 and 10 Minute Salad Template

A delicious salad is often the start of a great meal and sometimes they are so good that they turn into the entire meal itself! Thankfully, all you need $2 and 10 minutes to toss one together, homemade dressing and all! Time to toss that pre-prepared salad and get thinking about your next creation!

The recipe template is provided below along with some sample ingredient lists to get your creative juices flowing!

Ingredients (6 Servings):

  • 1lb of organic mixed greens
  • 1/2 pound of your choice of fruit – chopped
  • 1/2 of your choice of onion – thinly sliced
  • 4 oz your choice of cheese – crumbled or chopped (can be omitted if you don’t eat dairy)
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup of nuts/seeds
  • 3 TBSP red wine vinegar
  • 3 TBSP olive oil

Tools:

  • Chef’s Knife
  • Cutting Board
  • Large bowl
  • Two forks (Once you get hooked on salads, invest is some cool looking salad tossers – mine look like owl wings!)

Instructions (2 Servings):

  1. Chop fruit and thinly slice onion.
  2. Put about 1/3 of the lettuce, fruit, onion, cheese, and nuts in the large bowl. Set aside a quarter of the nuts to decorate the salad.
  3. Pour 1 TBSP red wine vinegar along inside edge of the bowl, mix salad using forks to combine.
  4. Pour 1 TBSP of olive oil along inside edge of the bowl, mix salad using forks to combine.
  5. Use forks to scoop salad onto serving plates, top with the remaining nuts, and enjoy!

Tips:

Step 1 – You might as well prep all the fruit and onion at once. It cuts down on time for future salads and you can customize the ratios! I recommend thinly slicing the onion because large chunks of onion can be overpowering. I recommend chopping the fruit into bite-sized pieces – you don’t want to have to use a knife to eat your salad!

Step 3 – If you add the oil first, the vinegar will have trouble sticking to the ingredients. Vinegar first, then oil.

Step 5 – Due to their weight and small size, nuts have the tendency to stick to the bottom and sides of the bowl when mixing/scooping the salad. Reserving some nuts and adding them once the salad has been plated helps solve this problem.

Cost:

This ingredient list is based on the Green Apple salad below:

  • 1 lb of organic mixed greens ~ $6
  • 1 green apple ~ $1.25
  • 1 red onion ~ $0.75
  • 3/4 cup of walnuts ~ $2
  • 4 oz of feta cheese ~ $2
  • 3 TBSP of red wine vinegar ~ $0.50
  • 3 TBSP of olive oil ~ $0.50

Total cost of salad: $13

Cost per serving (assuming 6-7 servings) ~ $2

Conclusion:

Sure seems like it’s time to start making more salads. Look at all you just accomplished: You got some chopping experience, ate delicious, refreshing food in 10 minutes and only spent $2 per plate. High five!

Remember, everyone’s palette is different! Test out one of the ingredient lists below or create your own unique creation!

As always, make informed food decisions. Know your ingredients, know your costs!

Ingredient Lists:

Green Apple Salad

  • 1lb of organic mixed greens
  • 1 green apple – chopped (check out apple storage tips here)
  • 1/2 red onion – thinly sliced
  • 4 oz of crumbled feta cheese (optional)
  • 3/4 cup of walnuts
  • 3 TBSP red wine vinegar
  • 3 TBSP olive oil

Green Apple Salad 10-7-17

Mango Salad

  • 1lb of organic mixed greens lettuce
  • 1 mango – chopped (check out mango chopping tips here)
  • 1/2 red onion – thinly sliced
  • 4 oz of crumbled feta cheese (optional)
  • 1/2 cup of walnuts
  • 1/4 cup of roasted and salted pumpkin seeds
  • 3 TBSP red wine vinegar
  • 3 TBSP olive oil

Mango Salad Dream Harvest

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