Make Ahead Salads for the Week - Simple and Easy

Since I must follow the ketogenic diet - I decided to eat every single day a huge salad. This requires a little planning ahead as the saying goes: When you fail to plan you plan to fail.  I don't want to fail not even one day on this diet. It helped me heal from my stroke and I follow the diet religiously, but I work full time. I plan the list of ingredients and go shopping once a week for the fresh produce. Some ingredients I buy from a wonderful produce store in our area and some I get from Costco.

Preparing a salad every day is a little time consuming that is why I prefer to prepare them ahead of time for 5 days. I have the salads ready to go and the only thing that I need to add when I am about to eat is eggs, avocado and sometimes olives and the protein - I don't add the meats (chicken, fish, liver, beef) in advance since these vary.  The bowls in the picture look very stuffed since I make sure to eat every single day at least 8 cups of fresh vegetables.

    • 5 cups of lettuce chopped

    • 5 cups of fresh spinach

    • 1 1/2 cups of fresh kale

    • 1 small container of alfalfa sprouts

    • 1 red pepper sliced into thin slices

    • 3 green onions chopped

    • 1/2 red onion sliced

    • 1/2 red cabbage shredded

    • 1 bunch of clean parsley chopped

    • 1 grated carrot

    • 1 grated zucchini

    • 1 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds

    • Optional: Cherry tomatoes, mushrooms (I don't always add them)

Place 5 salad bowls on the counter. Put on each bowl 1 cup of lettuce, 1 cup of spinach and 1/4 cup of kale. Divide equally between the bowls all the remaining ingredients. When done  - cover with a tight plastic wrap.

When it is time to eat - add to each salad an egg, avocado, and protein of your choice - baked chicken or fish.

You can to it with your favorite dressing. I like to use olive oil, red wine vinegar and pink Himalayan salt and sometimes I use instead the egg salad as a dressing.

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