I absolutely love eating healthy, but the biggest deterrent for me is often the cost to do so. Health food markets tend to be so much pricier than my go-to grocery store. On top of that, it always feels like so much work to prepare something fresh every meal. I love, love, love salads because all you need is a green, a dressing, and some toppings - easy, cheap, and totally healthy! If you can pre-make the dressing and store it for a few days, even better. I've made this exact salad at least a hundred times, and I have no plans of stopping any time soon.
- 3 oz. olive oil
- 1 oz. balsamic vinegar
- 1 clove of garlic, minced
- 1 tsp. dijon mustard
- salt & pepper to taste
- 1 bag of spinach
- 1/2 cup of cherry tomatoes, washed and cut in halves
- handful of chopped walnuts (toast them for an added crunch that's healthier than croutons)
- goat cheese crumbles (add to taste)
- grilled chicken or salmon (optional)
To make the vinaigrette, add everything except the olive oil into a measuring cup and whisk thoroughly. Slowly pour the olive oil in while whisking continuously, ensuring that the mixture is fully emulsified. Pour over salad and enjoy!
If you won't be eating the salad immediately, store the vinaigrette separately to prevent the leaves from wilting. Just re-whisk when you're ready to use.