My “Salad Bar” Template

I am often asked about my salad bar in the fridge. It's SO EASY to build, makes food prep a snap, and allows us to have healthy choices for dinner that require NO thinking.

That's the main reason I make one every week.

I just want our healthy food to be EASY to execute. The less time I have to deal with cooking, cleaning, and deciding what to eat the more time I get to actually talk and get to know my kid and husband! I don't want to spend my days “doing mom shit” and feeling wore out and tired from life.

I look at my life and find areas I can make simpler. I let myself create time to just be with the people I love most.

The time I spend pulling together the salad bar is minimal.

There's a trade, though. Salads most nights can seem boring to a lot of people.

I don't think of it as boring. I think about how I'm not bitching my pants don't fit or that I have to do the mom grind every night.

I gladly trade a salad every night in exchange for the mental BS of “what are we going to eat.”

I don't miss the tightness in my jeans from too many nights of “f-it let's just order pizza” moments because I was too tired or not in the mood to make a dinner decision.

Now you know why that salad bar is one of the BEST decisions I make every week. Want my template? Here you go! Everything on this list gets opened, washed, cooked, and stored in glass. Glass keeps things fresh LONGER! I use full fat dressings. Green Goddess from Trader Joe's is my all-time favorite.

2-3 avocados or guacamole packs
1-2 cans of beans of choice (usually black or chic)
cheese
Pull apart a rotisserie chicken or turkey for meat (1 per adult LOL)
6-12 HB eggs depending on if my Logan is also having salad
chopped celery (1 bunch)
chopped mushrooms (1 container)
cherry tomatoes
large cucumber (1)
1 salad bag per 2 adults per day (Taylor Farms and Dole are our favorites because of the crunch of the cabbage and such in those mixes)
colored peppers (2)

 

13 Comments

  1. Red on February 20, 2020 at 2:34 PM

    wish someone would design 1 or 2 trays with 5-10 compartments for the salad bar –i know this is super lazy–but it would be nice if there was only one lid to open/close
    I have tried using my veg dip tray –but the size isn’t right



    • Eather on March 3, 2020 at 5:42 PM

      I have a few plastic ones with 4 compartments. What works in those are canned items that can stay in their liquid or brine like artichoke hearts, heart of palm, baby carrots, olives!



  2. Alisha on January 15, 2020 at 7:56 AM

    I Of your idea of a salad bar in the fridge if everything’s ready you will eat it I have just started listening to your Podcast and implemented some of the ideas and I am already seeing an improvement both physically and with my attitude. Thank you so much for the inspiration



  3. CherAnn on January 4, 2019 at 6:06 PM

    We do this all year long and it’s such a time saver! I quit putting the cherry tomatoes in the fridge as they were going bad before we could eat them all (there are only 2 of us). I leave them in a pretty bowl on the counter and they last so much longer.



  4. Ceisrinay on December 28, 2018 at 7:20 PM

    I love this idea I am going to implement it ASAP because I am normally exhausted at the end of the day and cooking is the last thing I want to do



  5. Jackie on December 2, 2018 at 4:09 PM

    This is awesome! I love the salad bar concept too and think how did I not think of this? Is it just another name for meal prep? IDK but it sounds doable. Plus I love avocados!



  6. Karla on August 10, 2018 at 2:44 PM

    I looove the salad bar concept.
    Thanks for all you do!!



  7. Amber Kaan on August 5, 2018 at 12:11 PM

    I heard you talk about this on your podcast and this weekend, I tried it for the first time in our house & it’s already a hit, one day in!! I’m a full time working mom with 4 kids (13 yo boy, 8 yo boy/girl twins & a 9 mo old baby) with a long commute & by the time I get home, I’m tired and don’t always feel like cooking! This gives me a healthy option all week long with no excuses! Thanks so much!! #pnpgroupie



  8. Sandy Dickenson on April 30, 2018 at 3:30 PM

    Hi Corrine, Trader Joe’s has two types of green goddess dressing. Do you use one that is in refrigerated section or the non-refrigerated? Thanks, Sandy



  9. Karen Paukovits on March 7, 2018 at 3:29 PM

    You’re literally my favorite person ever. Thanks Corrinne!



  10. Christina Macro on March 2, 2018 at 2:55 PM

    I love this! Thank you.



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