Are you looking for a simple green salad recipe that is quick to throw together with very flexible ingredients?
This is my go-to recipe that is easy-to-make and uses only one big bowl. By following this simple method, you will have a basic everyday salad recipe with unlimited possible combinations. It’s also packed with nutrition and will help keep your body’s pH level alkaline.
Simple Green Salad Recipe
- greens – lettuce or a variety of greens (lettuce, spinach, sprouts, kale, etc.) or forage
- raw vegetables – any veggies, any amounts
- grains- barley, buckwheat, farro, millet, quinoa, wheat berries, etc.
- beans – kidney, garbanzo, navy, pinto, etc.
- raw nuts – almonds, pecans, pine, walnuts, etc.
- raw seeds – pumpkin, sesame, sunflower, flax, etc
- raw fruit – avocado, grapes etc., dried fruit (raisins, cranberries)
- add greens to fill a large bowl
- add chopped or diced veggies (opt.)
- add your grain
- add beans
- add nuts or seeds
- add fruit
- drizzle dressing over your salad and enjoy!
I stock up on canned beans, dried fruit, nuts & seeds and cook enough grain for a few days (store in the refrigerator for quick use).
An example salad that I would throw together would include 1/2 – 1 whole head of romaine lettuce, big handful of spinach, 1/2 – 1 cup quinoa, 1/2 – 1 cup red kidney beans, 1/4 cup of raw seeds or my protein powder, and dried cranberries. I can eat this huge salad myself but have been know to share on occasion 🙂
Don’t have an ingredient? Just leave it out and make due with what you have. Sometimes I will eat a huge bowl of just greens and beans with dressing
Homemade Dressing Recipe
When I first started eating daily salads, over 28 years ago, I would use dressing from the grocery store. I wasn’t accustomed to eating raw greens and veggies so I usually picked out a very sugary, salty, bad for your health dressing.
As the years passed, I became aware of the unhealthy ingredients in the bottled dressings and started making my own. My hunt for a good tasting everyday dressing began.
I don’t remember where I found “my perfect dressing” and not sure if this is the original recipe but here is how I make it.
- 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 1 tbsp spicy mustard
- 1 tbsp honey
- 1 garlic clove
- 6 tbsp olive oil
- In a small jar (I used a baby food jar), add 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar and 1 tbsp spicy mustard. Cover and shake well.
- add 1 tbsp honey, cover and shake well.
- add 1 garlic clove (minced), cover and shake well.
- add 6 tbsp olive oil, cover and shake well.
- add sea salt and ground black pepper (opt.)
I started eating large raw green salads when I was in my early 20’s because of painful everyday digestive issues including a hiatal hernia (I also stopped eating meat and dairy). It was a smart health move because I was off medication within weeks and free from all stomach pain within 6 months.
Please check with your doctor if you have any questions about changing your diet.