I'm a Mean, Green Salad Machine

Every week I have the best intentions to serve fresh veggies every night with dinner. Mostly, to include a salad of some sort.
Prepare salad greens ahead of time for a healthy side dish with dinner every night!

To chop up celery and carrots on the weekend is easy and they keep very well over the course of the week but my challenge has always been the salad greens.  This week I wanted to have a salad every evening and I wanted it to include:

  • Kale
  • Spinach
  • Romaine lettuce
  • Iceberg lettuce

I always have spinach in the house - I put it in everything. Romaine is usually around because Caesar salad is the only salad that EVERYONE in my family will eat. We always have Iceberg lettuce in the house because despite the fact it doesn't add as much nutritional value it adds a nice crunch both to salad and sandwiches and "lightens" the flavour of the salads. And well Kale...everyone is doing it right? Just kidding, I have been including Kale because there are so many health benefits to eating it - it's a good source of iron, calcium and Vitamin A & K, it's an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant food choice and my kids actually like it. I decided it's a great idea to throw all of them together so that we can enjoy the benefits of all of them at once!

So to help me out, I gave in and bought one of Rubbermaid's Produce Savers containers to try it out. I have heard so many great things about them and that salad will keep for up to a week.

Perfect.

We washed and chopped our hearts out - four bunches of greens, my friends, made A LOT of salad. I clearly underestimated the amount I would end up with. We filled the new container, a salad spinner, a colander and an extra large bowl. We are ready to go for the entire week. I will just have to add some tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers, mushrooms, etc through the week.

So this week we WILL be having salad every evening...and lunch. I may have to start making green morning smoothies as well...


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To read more about the benefits of including Kale in your diet read Alison Lewis' article "Top 10 Health Benefits of Eating Kale" on the MindBodyGreen website http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-4408/Top-10-Health-Benefits-of-Eating-Kale.html

Comments

  1. I love salad too. It is how I tend to serve my family fresh veggies. I love spinach with toasted walnuts, feta cheese, dried cranberries, and a balsamic vinagrette....delicious!!

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    1. That does sound delicious! I will have to give that combo a try. Thanks Marci!

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  2. Oh we used eat a ton of salads for dinner, especially in the warmer weather and you just totally made me long for warm, summer nights. Although you made salad sound good even during this time of the year and may just need to make one this week. Thanks and happy to follow you back :)

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    1. Hi Janine! Great to meet you as well!

      Agreed. Salads are definitely a summer staple around here as well! Heading over to check out your site :)

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