Simple and Nutritious Greens Salad
Salads are a great way to get more vegetables into your diet. This easy greens salad recipe is packed with nutrients and refreshing flavors, perfect for a light lunch or side dish. With simple prep, it can be on the table in under 15 minutes.
- 5 cups mixed greens (spinach, arugula, lettuce etc.)
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
- 1⁄2 cucumber, sliced
- 1⁄2 cup chopped carrots
- 1⁄4 cup crumbled feta cheese
- 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- Salt and pepper to taste
This salad provides the following nutrients per serving (based on 2 servings):
- Calories: 145
- Total Fat: 8g
- Saturated Fat: 2g
- Cholesterol: 10mg
- Sodium: 180mg
- Total Carbohydrate: 16g
- Dietary Fiber: 4g
- Protein: 6g
The greens provide vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, folate, and iron. The vegetables add key antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. Feta cheese contributes protein, calcium, and probiotics. Overall, this salad is nutrient-dense and loaded with vitamins and minerals to support a healthy diet.
- Wash the greens and spinach thoroughly and pat dry. Tear into bite-sized pieces if needed and place in a large salad bowl.
- Rinse the tomatoes and slice them in half. Add to the bowl along with the cucumbers and carrots.
- Crumble the feta over the vegetables.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the balsamic vinegar, olive oil, and lemon juice. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper.
- Drizzle the dressing over the salad. Toss the ingredients together until evenly coated.
- Enjoy immediately or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
This simple greens salad is deliciously fresh and crunchy. The mix of textures and flavors makes it satisfying on its own or paired with grilled chicken or fish. Adjust the ingredients based on what you have on hand for an easy yet nutritious salad anytime.