Danielle’s Special Salad

16 May

 This is an improvisational recipe that I created years ago when I first started living on my own. I simply blend all my favorite salad ingredients and live off of this for a few days. I love that this salad looks different every time I make it and allows ample room for creativity.

Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Cooking Time: N/A



  • 1 head of fresh romaine lettuce or 1 bag of pre-washed romaine lettuce. *
  • 1 carrot (you may substitute for shredded carrots if short on time)
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 pack of cherry tomatoes
  • Feta cheese or mozzarella balls
  • Shaved parmasan cheese
  • Dried cranberries
  • Optional: cilantro, chickpeas, and/or tabouli

*You can use mixed greens if you like, but I always make sure there is some romaine.


  • Place lettuce in bottom of large bowl.
  • Add other ingredients. If preparing for company, I like to arrange the cucumbers, avocados, cherry tomatoes, and red peppers in fun designs on top of the lettuce. If you are going for a Christmas theme, use both red and green peppers.

Serving Suggestions:

  • Serve with a dinner entrée or add tuna fish/chicken salad/sardines or other type of lean protein for a deliciously healthy lunch.
  • You can serve with any type of dressing you like, but I usually eat this salad with olive oil which is especially good if you add sardines.

Chef’s Tips:

  • If stored dry (without dressing), this salad stays good in the refrigerator for a couple days.
  • Double the recipe if preparing for a large gathering.

Posted by on May 16, 2011 in Salads


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2 responses to “Danielle’s Special Salad

  1. Julie

    October 24, 2011 at 5:07 am

    Mmm, I’m looking forward to trying this salad because it’s so colorful and healthy…. it almost looks like a flower in the first photo. I bet the texture of the avocado makes it really good, too!

    • daniellethompson

      October 24, 2011 at 5:14 am

      Thanks for your comment, Julie! We should make this salad together this winter. I eat it ALL the time.


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