{Quick and easy chopped salad: perfect for a lunchbox}

Quick chopped salad

Summary: 
Make this ahead of time for a healthy packed lunch. Use any canned protein for a quick, easy and cheap meal.  This salad can be made in less than 5 min and enjoyed right away as well. To spice things up use canned chicken or salmon (depending on you diet) or use vegan meat as well.  Nuts are a natural protein source packed with omega-3s and other nutritious elements depending on the type. For example 1 handful of almonds are a great source of calcium. I always like to rotate my protein sources to keep things interesting but remember to avoid eating (or eliminating completely) red meat whenever possible. . .

I usually don’t like to eat canned products BUT it’s like everything available out there – there is some good stuff and there is some bad too. When buying canned products make sure to read the labels and avoid additives. I like tuna in water because its lean protein (1 can has 100 calories). Avoid products in “oil” because they can pack more calories.

I like to prepare a simple vinaigrette as the salad dressing (salt, pepper, balsamic vinegar and olive oil) but use whichever you have.

Servings: 1

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Ingredients:
3 cups spinach
1 can of tuna in water, drained (can also use 1/3 cup of nuts instead to keep it vegan)
8-10 grape tomatoes
6-8 green grapes
10-15 dried cranberries, about less than 1/4 cup
1/2 cucumber, sliced or diced

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Directions:

Quick chopped salad

Chop grapes and tomatoes in half. Chop cucumber into slices or cubes. Put everything into a container and take on the go! I put my salad dressing inside a ziplock bag and place inside the container then pour over just before eating it! Bon appetite.

Quick chopped salad

Quick chopped salad

.. . What do you like to add to your salads?

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