Lazy Super Salad

FullSizeRenderI need to be on a super healthy nutritious vegan diet. This can mean hours of cooking and/or untasty food, but instead I use easy workarounds to get the best of both worlds. The above salad took me less than 5 minutes to make and is packed with lots of nutrition.

All of the foods in this salad were easy to come by, in this case they all came from Shop Rite or Target. Shop Rite for those off the Northeast coast is just another grocery chain.

YES! The ranch dressing is vegan, and can be found at most Targets1. I use Hampton Creek’s Just Ranch2 dressing.

The Lazy Parts

  • I used pre-cut onions and bell peppers that I got for $3 at the grocery store.
  • The Chickpeas have a poptop lid, and I can usually get 3 salads out of one can.
  • Everything else comes in a pre-sealed container. I just grab them as a stack out of the fridge and sprinkle in on my salad.

The Super Healthy Parts

Are you convinced now that you can make something super healthy and tasty in 5 minutes with no special shopping? Ok then we’ll start with what is actually in the salad.

  • Baby spinach
  • Kale and Cabbage mix
  • Pre-cut red onion and bell peppers
  • Chickpeas (Garbanzo beans)
  • Dried mixed berries
  • Just Ranch

Spinach and kale

Dark greens are a key ingredient to any healthy salad. Run of the mill lettuce has very little nutritional value. Dark greens instead are rich with vitamins and nutrients. For the most part the more colorful any vegetable is the better it is for you. Honestly, lots of color is a good rule for any diet.

Baby spinach and baby kale blend is actually my favorite salad leaf right now, but I haven’t been able to find a blend I like that keeps. So instead I got baby spinach and a separate blend with kale.

Chickpeas (Garbanzo beans)

Chickpeas are rich in protein, fiber, and lots of other nutrients while simultaneously being low in cholesterol and other nasties. Chickpeas have always been a go to source of protein for me since going vegan (9 years ago!). Chickpeas have the benefit of being cheap, available in poptop cans, and tasty without being heated.

Berries

Red berries have been found to have benefits in reducing heart attack risk by promoting lower cholesterol and blood pressure. They are also rich in antioxidants and other hard to come by nutrients, once again, color does a lot for diet.

Go eat healthy the lazy way!

One Comment

  1. Dizzy Chick

    June 21, 2016

    May I ask why you need to be on a vegan diet?
    I have fructose malabsorption so being on a vegetarian diet is pretty much impossible.
    I was just wondering if the vegan diet helps your medical issues?

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