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!
- 2 oz. Baby Spinach
- .5 oz Crumbled Goat Cheese
- .5 oz Dried Cranberries
- .3 oz Chopped Pecans
- Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Top with dressing of your choice (I like a balsamic vinaigrette). Enjoy!
- You can switch out any of the ingredients for something you like better, add protein, extra veggies - it's totally customizable!
That sounds delicious!
Thanks – you should try it!
This looks and sounds great! I have also done, strawberries, feta and almonds and that is another great combination!
If I liked feta I would totally try that one! Maybe I’ll sub that out for something else!
I love salads at work! I especially love JAR salads! I will have to try this one 🙂
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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…
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 🙂
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!
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 🙂
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!
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.
Goat cheese is amazing! It adds just the right amount of tang to this salad!