Power Lunch: Get All Your Fruits and Veggies in One Salad!


If you're like most people, getting enough fruits and especially veggies can feel almost impossible. Though it's best to get fresh produce with each meal, if you're short on nutrients or time, you can fit them all into one salad to have for lunch or dinner. If you don't like any of these veggies or fruits, substitute the ones you do like and opt for a healthier dressing by making the one below. Top with a vegetarian protein like rinsed garbanzo beans or black beans, and have a vitamin packed meal with over 12 servings of fresh produce! Keep in mind this salad makes many servings, so make a big batch and divide it up for the next few days. 
Power Salad
1 cup arugula
1 cup romaine, chopped
1/2 cup spinach
1/2 cup chopped broccoli
1/2 cup chopped carrots
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
1/2 cup grape tomatoes
1/2 cup chopped avocado
1/2 cup chopped dried cranberries
1/2 cup chopped granny smith apple
1/2 cup blueberries
cilantro, to taste
garbanzo beans, rinsed (optional)
1/4 cup olive oil
half of a squeezed lemon
1 tbs. honey or agave nectar
1 tsp. fresh parsley
1 tsp. fresh minced garlic
Wash and chop lettuce. Store in a large container. In another bowl, combine all other ingredients, tossing with cilantro. Mix ingredients for dressing. Place the salad in a large bowl and add in fresh produce, tossing with a spoonful of dressing. Enjoy! 

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