How to eat healthy for cheap- salads

So, remember when I was talking about our new eating plan? It includes a big salad every day. I just do not get tired of salads! I read a thing about salads that said a good salad should have a lettuce, a fruit, a cheese, a nut, and a “wild card”. I don’t do that everyday, but I come close and am able to make a variety of salads using a lot of the same ingredients over and over.

I usually buy arugula because it’s my favorite, but I also love butter lettuce. Usually I get green leaf or red leaf because it’s almost always on sale, and now and then I will get a bagged mix. I keep lots of fruit on hand like apples, oranges, pears, and dried cranberries. As for the cheese, I usually use parmesan, but sometimes feta, chevre, or blue cheese. Finally I almost always add walnuts. And I have lots of different vinegars: balsamic, white balsamic, white balsamic with fig, and red wine. I make the dressing just by swirling some vinegar and some olive oil over the salad and then tossing. Sometimes it needs a sprinkle or two of sea salt, pepper, or herbed sea salt on top.

Here are 19 different salads:

Arugula, red leaf lettuce, oranges, avocado, walnuts, parmesan, with orange juice, white balsamic and olive oil dressing.

Arugula, red leaf lettuce, oranges, avocado, walnuts, parmesan, with orange juice, white balsamic and olive oil dressing.

Arugula, red leaf lettuce, mushroom, garbanzo beans, parmesan, with white balsamic and fig vinegar, olive oil and sea salt dressing.

Arugula, red leaf lettuce, mushroom, garbanzo beans, parmesan, with white balsamic and fig vinegar, olive oil and sea salt dressing.

Arugula, roasted chicken, roasted potatoes, parmesan, with white balsamic, lemon juice, mustard, and olive oil dressing.

Arugula, roasted chicken, roasted potatoes, parmesan, with white balsamic, lemon juice, mustard, and olive oil dressing.

Arugula, garbanzo beans, mushrooms, parmesan, with herbed sea salt, white balsamic, and olive oil dressing.

Arugula, garbanzo beans, mushrooms, parmesan, with herbed sea salt, white balsamic, and olive oil dressing.

Arugula, butter lettuce, oranges, walnuts, with white balsamic and olive oil dressing.

Arugula, butter lettuce, oranges, walnuts, with white balsamic and olive oil dressing.

Arugula with roasted lima beans, peas, green beans, garbanzo beans, white beans, parmesan, with lemon juice and olive oil dressing.

Arugula with roasted lima beans, peas, green beans, garbanzo beans, white beans, parmesan, with lemon juice and olive oil dressing.

Red leaf lettuce with apples, parmesan, and balsamic and olive oil dressing.

Red leaf lettuce with apples, parmesan, and balsamic and olive oil dressing.

Red leaf lettuce, green leaf lettuce, white beans, with balsamic and olive oil dressing.

Red leaf lettuce, green leaf lettuce, white beans, with balsamic and olive oil dressing.

Red leaf lettuce, with white beans, feta cheese, Greek olives, with balsamic and olive oil dressing.

Red leaf lettuce, with white beans, feta cheese, Greek olives, with balsamic and olive oil dressing.

Arugula with chicken, roasted potatoes, avocado, parmesan, with balsamic and olive oil dressing.

Arugula with chicken, roasted potatoes, avocado, parmesan, with balsamic and olive oil dressing.

Arugula and green leaf lettuce with oranges, avocado, parmesan, and white balsamic and olive oil dressing.

Arugula and green leaf lettuce with oranges, avocado, parmesan, and white balsamic and olive oil dressing.

Arugula and butter lettuce with white beans, lima beans, parmesan, and red wine vinegar and olive oil dressing.

Arugula and butter lettuce with white beans, lima beans, parmesan, and red wine vinegar and olive oil dressing.

Green leaf lettuce with feta and red wine vinegar and olive oil dressing.

Green leaf lettuce with feta and red wine vinegar and olive oil dressing.

Arugula and butter leafe lettuce with white beans, chopped hard boiled eggs, walnuts and white balsamic and olive oil dressing.

Arugula and butter leafe lettuce with white beans, chopped hard boiled eggs, walnuts and white balsamic and olive oil dressing.

Red leaf lettuce, butter lettuce, oranges, walnuts, white beans, with white balsamic and olive oil dressing.

Red leaf lettuce, butter lettuce, oranges, walnuts, white beans, with white balsamic and olive oil dressing.

Spring mix with mushrooms, parmesan, and balsamic, olive oil dressing.

Spring mix with mushrooms, parmesan, and balsamic, olive oil dressing.

Spring mix with apples, garbanzo beans, parmesan, and balsamic, olive oil dressing.

Spring mix with apples, garbanzo beans, parmesan, and balsamic, olive oil dressing.

Arugula and green leaf lettuce with apples, white beans, dried cranberries, blue cheese, and balsamic, olive oil dressing.

Arugula and green leaf lettuce with apples, white beans, dried cranberries, blue cheese, and balsamic, olive oil dressing.

Salad mix, pears, white beans, walnuts, blue cheese, with white balsamic and fig vinegar and olive oil dressing.

Salad mix, pears, white beans, walnuts, blue cheese, with white balsamic and fig vinegar and olive oil dressing.