Simple Spinach Salad

As you guys know, I bring my lunch to work 95% of the time. It’s not only a huge money saver, but it’s a lot healthier than grabbing lunch out every day. I often take leftovers, but I do take a salad about 2-3 times a week, and often, it’s this one. I love this salad because it’s simple, has a little bit of sweetness, tartness, and crunch, and is customizable. I usually add some sort of protein on top – precooked chicken or a hard boiled egg are my favorites – and I keep a bottle of lite balsamic dressing in the work fridge. Easy and delicious. You can also swap out the cheese, fruit, nuts… like I said, totally customizable depending on what’s in your fridge. Enjoy!

Simple Spinach Salad

Simple Spinach Salad
An easy spinach salad perfect for a healthy lunch!
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  1. 2 oz. Baby Spinach
  2. .5 oz Crumbled Goat Cheese
  3. .5 oz Dried Cranberries
  4. .3 oz Chopped Pecans
  1. Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Top with dressing of your choice (I like a balsamic vinaigrette). Enjoy!
  1. You can switch out any of the ingredients for something you like better, add protein, extra veggies - it's totally customizable!
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    • Jess
      April 15, 2015 / 10:20 pm

      Thanks – you should try it!

  1. April 14, 2015 / 2:00 pm

    This looks and sounds great! I have also done, strawberries, feta and almonds and that is another great combination!
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    • Jess
      April 15, 2015 / 10:24 pm

      If I liked feta I would totally try that one! Maybe I’ll sub that out for something else!

    • Jess
      April 15, 2015 / 10:27 pm

      I didn’t even think of putting this in a jar! Of course, now I’m wondering why I have no jars in my house…

  2. April 14, 2015 / 7:12 pm

    Ah Jess this has been my biggest downfall with working full time, I spend way too much going out. I need to be better and have made the goal to bring my lunches more, but it is hard when your friends/coworkers want to go out. Sometimes I will bring my lunch with me to wherever they are so I can still have the social aspect of it haha Thanks for sharing this! It was another kick in the pants I needed to be better 🙂

    • Jess
      April 15, 2015 / 10:36 pm

      It really is hard to work in that kind of setting when people are always going out! A salad like this is such a great option because it’s really easy and portable… and honestly, half the time I don’t bother with the dressing. I’ll try to post more of my lunch tricks!

  3. April 14, 2015 / 10:06 pm

    I love salads like this–and should make them more! It occurred to me as I was looking at your beautiful pictures that I think my kids would like this, too. Do you ever saute the pecans with seasonings or candy them? That’s my favorite 🙂
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    • Jess
      April 15, 2015 / 10:39 pm

      I haven’t done anything to the pecans… mostly because I’m trying to make this in a hurry. Maybe something to try on a weekend!

  4. April 15, 2015 / 9:31 am

    i try to bring my lunch most of the time. Salads are a fave for me too. I’ve never tried goat cheese but I need to. This sounds delicious.
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    • Jess
      April 15, 2015 / 10:42 pm

      Goat cheese is amazing! It adds just the right amount of tang to this salad!