Salads are the perfect go-to meal or side dish when you're trying to eat healthy yet don't have the time or desire to cook. Throw some spinach into a bowl, toss in some feta cheese and maybe some slivered almonds or dried cranberries if you're feeling bougie and voila! You just made a 30-second meal. We all know that fresh fruits and vegetables can be expensive, but that doesn't mean salads are off-limits if you're budget-conscious. Try one of the simple, quick and budget-friendly recipes below if you're looking to step up your salad game without breaking the bank.
Lemon vinaigrette on greens
You can try this homemade lemon vinaigrette from Taste of Home on either romaine or spinach.
Tomato mozzarella basil salad
This recipe is a play on the classic Caprese salad, and there are tips to help you save at the supermarket!
Crisp tomato zucchini salad
Try this recipe in the summer, when garden-fresh tomatoes are in season.
Salmon, spinach and orzo salad
If you can catch fresh salmon on sale (or use canned salmon if you dare), this salad will help you add some healthy omega-3 fatty acids to your diet.
Mediterranean cucumber salad
This yummy salad is basically just a few veggies tossed in marinade and it takes only a few minutes to make.
Zucchini ramen noodle salad
For a vegan, gluten-free option, try this salad that utilizes zucchini noodles in place of ramen, along with romaine, cucumber, tomato and carrots.
Chicken strawberry spinach salad
Simple, quick, healthy and tasty. What more could you want from a salad? Try it here.
With any of these suggestions, you are sure to have a healthy, delightful treat for lunch!