Salad A Day

Spinach Strawberry Black Bean Salad |

I remember the first time my husband had dinner at my parents house. As we sat down to eat, I asked Ron if he wanted any salad. He said sure and I passed him the very large bowl. His eyes grew wide as he looked in the bowl.

This is salad?” he asked quietly.

Umm, yes.

“Where’s the lettuce? And what’s all this other stuff?”

It turns out Ron’s version of a salad was quite different than my family’s.

His – lettuce. Maybe shredded carrots.

Ours – Any veggie or fruit in the fridge, chopped or shredded and tossed in a big bowl with a sprinkling of sunflower seeds.

Through the years, Ron has embraced the new salad. He does stand firm in his stance that fruit does not belong with greens. The Strawberry Black Bean Salad pictured at the top of this post – He won’t go there no matter how delicious I tell him it is. But having Tex Mex Chicken Salad? He’s all over that!

Tex Mex Chicken Salad

I try to eat at least one salad a day. It’s an easy way to get in my veggie quota for the day. My favorite kind of salads are like the ones I grew up with – everything but the kitchen sink varieties. Except now I make the salad the whole meal deal. I try to include all the essential nutrients to keep me satisfied for hours. I’ll add beans, chicken, veggie burgers, nuts, seeds, nothing is off limits!

Fresh Express Salads are a great way to get your salad a day. They come in tons of great combinations, from the tasty Pear Gorgonzola Kit to the simple Leafy Greens Romaine. They also have a special USDA-Certified Organic line.



Right now Fresh Express is encouraging everyone to get in their greens with the 30 Day Salad Swap. The purpose is to recreate the flavors of your favorite higher calorie foods, like cheesy pizza and creamy pasta, in lower calorie salads. Swap one meal a day for a month and you’ll not only feel better but will be eating better. Those who sign up at will have instant access to the free Salad Swap app, complete with an extensive library of recipes and salad swaps, a progress tracker, motivation, inspiration, and Fresh Express coupons.

In addition you can find a Fresh Express salad coupon available online at Moms Meet.

Make sure you head on over to Fresh Express on Facebook and Pinterest for more salad loving ideas.

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What are your favorite things to put on a salad?

Fruit in green salads – yay or nay?

44 comments on “Salad A Day

  1. Fruit and greens – YAY! I have to admit, I was a bit slow to adapt the mix but it’s oh so yummy and, like you, I need an easy way to get more veggies in my day. I had a great fruit salad with granola yesterday and I absolutely love the looks of that Tex Mex one. I’m a sucker for avocado!
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  2. Your husband sounds SO much like my hubby — seriously lettuce, carrot strips….and I convinced him to add peas to it, haha! And I’m definitely like you — if it’s in the fridge it could totally be turned into a salad — but we had “Make-Your-Own-Salad nights at home all the time growing up. My absolute favorite topping though is fresh shucked corn in the summer. Nothing beats it. The Tex Mex Salad looks SO good — right up my alley!
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  3. I eat a lot of salads. A lot of mine are made up of leftover chicken tossed with lettuce and fruits or veggies. The funniest/oddest thing is that when I bring them to work, my coworkers actually ask me where I got the salad. When I tell them I made it, I get a lot of comments about how much work that is, etc. So odd!
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  4. When I first opened this post my eyes went right to that beautiful salad at the top–wow! What a great program this is. I hope lots of people jump on the bandwagon. I love all varieties of salad and love your kitchen sink approach.
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  5. Growing up I hated salads b/c I thought they were iceberg with tomatoes and ranch. Yuck. I do still typically make all salads with spinach and romain or red leaf lettuce as a base. Love making taco or fajita salads, my fave is a roasted or grilled veggie salad though.

  6. I grew up much more like your husband. It is only in the past few years that I’ve branched out (slowly) with my salads! And, I used to think that a salad was only part of the meal – now it is often my lunch!! Both of the salads you have pictured look delicious. I’m ready to start planning lunch for today!!!
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  7. In my salad I like green and need some kind of protein – tuna, egg, salmon, chicken, beef. also like cooked veggies and nuts. I like fruit in my salad, kiwi, peaches, apple… but I get some weird looks for it. However, I rarely do salad in the winter, I prefer something hot.
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  8. Love this! My boyfriend was the same way when I met him!! I recently had dinner with his dad one day, just the two of us. He said we were going to have pasta bake and salad. I was pretty impressed….until I saw the pasta bake was leftovers microwaved, and the salad was a bag of shredded romaine that included the carrots! I said how about we put some tomatoes in?…..”sure!”, peanuts? Crackers? fruit? He was a little shocked, but I made mine into a very interesting salad haha!

    I love any salad with lots of texture and sweet/savory combinations! Yum!
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  9. I am not huge on fruit in salads (although sometimes if it’s the right combo, I love it), but I am all about those huge salads with almost everything you can think of tossed in!

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