How to Make a Monster Salad


If I’m being “good” I make a huge salad at the beginning of the week and portion it out through out the week for my lunches. Usually, I need more than just that for lunch because if I try to eat just that by 3 to 5pm I get glazy eyed and just can’t seem to think straight. Big shocker huh.

So since I try to get the maximum life out of these “Monster-beginning-of-the-week” salads I’ve found certain “fixins” – as my families-childhood-friends-mom (wow. that’s a mouthful) would say, “We’re fixin’ to leave”, or “We got the fixin’s right here” or “I’m fixin’ to give you a whoopin’, so don’t move”.

Ingredients that last for a MONSTER Veggie Salad:

  • 3x washed spinach (I’ve noticed it can still have sandy grit on it if its not washed A TON. Be sure to shake it dry as this aides in its ability to last) *
  • Carrot chunks *
  • Walnuts or pecans *
  • Raw broccoli heads
  • Mushroom slices
  • Wait to add the dressing until you’re ready to eat the salad

What doesn’t stand the test of salad-time:

  • Cucumber halves
  • Pineapple chunks- they get tasteless very fast
  • Anything that can get slimy usually will

Test it out. This is obviously not a comprehensive list so let me know if you have any ingredients that last a long time in salads.

* my faves


4 thoughts on “How to Make a Monster Salad

  1. jenny

    Garbonzo beans!!….or chick peas as the weirdos call ’em ;)

    Great source of protein. Also sunflower seeds. And my personal fave, artichoke hearts.

    Salads are almost my favorite food.

  2. marianney

    the thing w garbanzo beans is that they get slimy too. they do last longer than some veggies, but they won’t last a week.
    peppers also get slimy fairly quickly.

    i love putting sliced almonds and kalamata olives (and other random mediterranean style ingredients) in my salad. then i add crumbled goat cheese or feta along w dressing before i eat it. the olives seem to last a while.

    have you bought veggies from sunflower market? they are usually pretty cheap, but they go bad really fast! just a tip.

    i do the big weekly salad thing too sometimes, but i find that i get sick of it before it’s all gone. what i’ve started to do is create big stock pots of veggie soup on sundays and i freeze half of it, so it lasts a while. i put all my wilted veggies and a bunch of greens. you can cook it with stock, but i just cook it with water and garlic and spices. that’s one way of extending the life of veggies that are no longer seemingly good to eat.

  3. Pingback: 98 recipes you can make for under 5 bucks | Real Easy Eats: Food, Life, Fun

Comments are closed.