Customizable Salad

Keywords: vegetarian, quick, customizable, anti-inflammatory

Serves: 1

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Equipment: small bowl, cutting board


  • 1 cup mixed greens (or lettuce/greens of choice) 
  • red onion sliced thinly 
  • 6 cherry or grape tomatoes, whole or sliced in half  
  • ½ of a small avocado 
  • 2 tablespoons cheese of choice (feta, blue cheese, gorgonzola) 
  • 1 tablespoon salad dressing


  1. Place lettuce or greens of your choice into a bowl.
  2. Layer with tomatoes, onion, avocado, cheese, and other toppings of choice.
  3. Dress with your favorite salad dressing and enjoy.


  • Salad ingredients are customizable – add or remove toppings of your choice. Other delicious salad ingredients include roasted vegetables (squash, sweet potatoes, broccoli), purple cabbage, nuts of choice (walnuts, almonds, peanuts), sliced boiled eggs, and/or dried fruit (cranberries, cherries), fresh apples, or mandarin oranges.
  • Increase the protein content of your salad by adding grilled chicken or fish such as salmon or tuna.


  • To transport easily in a mason jar, place dressing at the bottom, layer toppings and put lettuce last (topmost layer). Shake and eat out of the jar or serve on a plate. 

Nutrition Notes:

  • Mixed greens are a great source of Vitamin A, Vitamin K, and folate. Salads are a great way to increase your intake of veggies and you can customize them just the way you like!

Savings Tip:

  • You can take out the avocado and cheese for a simple, less expensive salad option. Tofu, beans, and canned tuna are a few inexpensive protein sources instead of grilled chicken.

Nutrition Facts:

Serving Size1
Energy (kcal)265
Fat (g)20
Saturated (g)6
Cholesterol (mg)27
Sodium (mg)518
Carbs (g)16
Sugars (g)7
Added Sugars (g)0
Fiber (g)7
Protein (g)8
Vitamin D (IU)5
Calcium (mg)195
Iron (mg)1
Potassium (mg)757