skinny chopped veggie salad

it's so easy to eat healthy all week long with this easy base for delicious, healthy salads! | | @thewickednoodle

This is my life saver recipe.

Here’s why:

  • I can make this healthy, chopped salad on a Sunday and have fresh, healthy lunches for the whole week.
  • There’s no planning involved. If I’m at the store last-minute and I’m wondering what to buy for the week, all I have to do is choose whichever fresh vegetables look good to me. I’ve never met a vegetable that didn’t play nice with another vegetable, so I don’t really concern myself with what will taste good with what. Do I like it and is it fresh and healthy? Great…in my cart it goes.
  • I can make it taste very different throughout the week depending on what I dress it with. Sesame-ginger if I’m in the mood for Asian, Cilantro-Lime or Cilantro-Jalapeno Pesto if I’m feeling more Mexican or just plain ol’ Ranch or Blue Cheese if I need something more comforting. Adding some rotisserie or leftover chicken or steak helps switch things up, too.
  • It’s all healthy and keeps my weight in check. So, there’s that. Yes, I occasionally splurge with a little goat cheese. No, I don’t feel even a little bit guilty.
  • It keeps well. Which means it’s always waiting there for me in my fridge when I get cravings.

it's so easy to eat healthy all week long with this easy base for delicious, healthy salads! | | @thewickednoodle

There’s really no recipe to it, either, it’s just all raw chopped veggies. I’ve always preferred less lettuce-to-the-goodies in my salads anyway, so here I just omit the lettuce altogether. You can certainly add some if you wish, it’s your salad after all! Here’s a list of the veggies I used in the photo above, written up as a recipe for your convenience:

What veggies do you like in your salads that I missed? What are your favorite dressings for salads? Leave a comment and tell me (links are fine)!



  1. says

    Thanks for this! I’m on the hunt for EASY healthy recipes that I can bring to work. I’ve been so bored with my lunch routine lately and it is driving me to unhealthy options or eating out – both bad ideas!

    Thanks for sharing! I’m going to try this next week.

    xo Rachel

    PS – Love your site but your Solve Media puzzle is sort of annoying.. I have to watch an ad in order to comment? Really?

    • says

      Hi Rachel! I’m so glad you found this recipe, it’s one of my favorites and I make it OFTEN. Let me know how you like it! As for the Solve Media puzzle…it’s been a serious struggle fighting spam and Akismet (a plugin that many bloggers use) doesn’t work on my site and the GASP plugin has also caused some issues. So, yes, I’ve given Solve Media a try after seeing on the Martha Stewart site. I do make a small amount from the ads but it’s such a small amount that it’s last on the list of reasons I’m using it. Mostly, it’s worked wonders for reducing spam on my site and, for that, I love it. Having said that, I am still on the lookout for a better way as the last thing I want to do is annoy people. So thanks for the honest opinion – it’s much appreciated! Cheers :)

  2. Becca says

    I will be retiring the end of May! This is the way my roommate and I try to eat! We are getting to where we don’t like to cook all that much any more! This is one if our favorite ways to get our veggies! That and my Nutribullet! Thanks for sharing and if that picture doesn’t make folks want to eat it I don’t know what would!


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