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Salad Ideas⚓︎

  • Feta: arugula/spinach, red onion, tomato, cucumber, feta, dressing (olive oil + lime)
  • Feta+: (above) + strawberries or black beans
  • Strawb: spinach, strawberry, feta, walnuts/pecans/almonds
  • Greek: lettuce, cherry tomatoes, peppers, cucumber, onion, feta, (opt: chickpeas)
  • Caesar: lettuce, Parmesan, chicken, croutons
  • Rotisserie: lettuce, tomato, cucumber, pepper, etc, rotisserie chicken

General Toppings⚓︎

  • Sliced almonds
  • Flavored Pecan Crumbles
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Sliced Celery
  • Green Olives Stuffed with Garlic
  • Canned Chicken
  • Croutons
  • Baby Carrots
  • Cucumber
  • Radishes
  • Sliced Pickled Beets


  • Typically, cut tomatoes into orange-sized slices
  • Dressings: Ken’s Steak House LITE Northern Italian or LITE Zesty Italian
  • Improvements
    • Try olive oil and lemon
    • Add sliced nuts, such as almonds or walnuts
    • Add beans, such as Chickpeas (drained), which could also be roasted in paprika. Also try black beans, cannelini, etc.
    • Mix in grains such as Quinoa, couscous, brown rice, farro, etc.
    • Make sure to add spinach, mustard greens, and kale
    • Add melons, pears, etc.


From the Washington Post, this is the ideal ratio:

  • 6 to 8 cups greens (romaine, spinach, arugula/radicchio, kale/cabbage, etc.)
  • 1 to 2 cups proteins (grilled chicken or tofu, hard boiled eggs, salmon, shrimp, cooked beans or lentils)
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup crunch (croutons; pumpkin or sunflower seeds; chopped walnuts, pecans, or almonds; chopped cucumber, carrots, or snow peas; crispy bacon, chickpeas, etc.)
  • 1/2 to 1 cup acidity (pickled onions, pepperoncini, chopped tomatoes, dried cranberries or cherries, feta or aged cheese, pomegranate seeds)
  • 1/2 cup richness (avocado, brie, burrata, hummus, cooked baby potatoes, thinly sliced prosciutto or ham)
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup dressing (from vinaigrette to tahini)

Some examples for Spring

For a broader framework, see