by: Mary Segers

I’m going to pass on the secret to quick and easy salads because it seems everyone… especially during the Spring and Summer time… has a common goal of eating more salads. It also seems they share a common problem… the time it takes to MAKE one.

Really, you have to get out the fixings, cut them up, and put them all back up. This can run into some serious time. Take what I like on MY salads, for instance:

Quick and Easy Salads
Quick and Easy Salads
  • Lettuce
  • Tomato
  • Cucumber
  • Bell pepper
  • Celery
  • Onions
  • Scallions
  • Pickles
  • Banana Peppers
  • Cheese Cubes

(And probably some more that I’m not thinking about.)

So, even though I always loved salads, the time to make one was simply too prohibitive.

It just wasn’t worth it.

I kept wanting salads though, and one day I decided, out of the blue, that no matter what I was going to have salads every night for a week. After I came home from grocery shopping that day I just decided to go ahead and cut everything up and put it in plastic containers.

Turns out that was a life-changing epiphany. And it was something I’ve continued doing.

Quick and Easy Salads Prep
Quick and Easy Salads Prep

Quick and Easy Salads are Just That Simple

Can you IMAGINE how cool it was to just pull out a container, shake some on my salad, put the top back on, and on to the next.

I’ve done it that way ever since. I can now make a salad in, literally, a minute.

It does require some upfront time to wash, dry, cut/chop, and store the food but the ease with which I can have a salad during the week is well worth the time investment.

3 Steps to Quick and Easy Salads

  1. Wash items and let dry as completely as possible
  2. Cut up items to desired size
  3. Choose the correct size container (you may want a lot of tomatoes and only a little onions)

Using This Method for Quick and Easy Salads Makes it Easy to:

See how much of each item you have left–This helps you learn to estimate how much to buy, how fast you use it, and avoid waste in the future.

See when you need to ramp up the use of something–I always cut up too much bell pepper and onion and I’ll see it starting to… I guess you’d say wilt… so I know to start putting double portions on my salads.

Decide when you need to hurry up and use something–If I’ve really cut up too much then I’ll end up using some in a dish that calls for onions and bell peppers. That’s ok for several reasons:

  • We love those savory dishes that would call for those ingredients
  • I’d be cooking them anyway
  • They’re already cut up thereby saving me prep time for that meal

Make Quick and Easy Salads of Your Own

Figure out what your family likes and plan to spend a little time… less than you think… doing the prep work.

Then figure out what kind of containers you want to use (some people prefer to keep some of their ingredients such as onions in baggies.

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Home Time Management and Cooking

This is the fourth post in my “Home Time Management and Cooking” series.

So… what do you like in your salads and how do you make it easier to enjoy one? Just hit “Reply” and let me know.

Go back to the “Home Time Management and Cooking” series.

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Mary Segers B.S., MSW
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