How to Build the Perfect Salad

An important part of meal planning and healthy eating is knowing how to add variety to meals while still keeping things simple and healthy. Knowing how to build the perfect salad is one easy way to have a solid foundation of literally hundreds of different variations of something that sounds very boring – a healthy salad.

Stop getting bored + build the perfect salad

Below you will find a graphic you can save to Pinterest that contains all the elements you need to build the perfect salad. Refer back to this graphic for inspiration when you are looking for a healthy new salad idea or looking to mix up your salad game with some different ingredients and healthy variations. We’ve also included a round-up of some example healthy salad recipes for you below the graphic for when you need some additional inspiration!

Stop getting bored and learn how to build the perfect salad. 6 easy steps to build endless variations of helathy salds with nutritious ingredients! Paleo, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free and Whole30. | realsimplegood.com

More Than Just Salads: Meal Planning + Prep = Staying on track

Aside from knowing how to build the perfect salad, the main thing that we use to keep our healthy eating on track is meal planning, meal prep and utilizing leftovers. Each of these can save you a ton time during your busy week. Not to mention, if you invest the time to plan and prep all your meals for the week, you take impulse eating off the table and simply eat the healthy meals you already planned, prepped and shopped for.

Don’t Know Where to Start? Let us Help!

Do you struggle finding the time to plan and get organized for a week of healthy eating? Are you unsure where to start? Let us help!

We created Real Simple Good Paleo Meal Plans to help you eat healthy meals without the hassle of searching for recipes, planning each meal, or creating a shopping list.

Our weekly meal plans include:

  • An organized grocery shopping list with all the ingredients you need for the meals
  • Recipes that include prep and cook steps to give you the flexibility to prep as much or as little in advance as you have time for

Lear more about our Paleo Meal Plans here


Example Healthy Salad Recipes

Stop getting bored and learn how to build the perfect salad. 6 easy steps to build endless variations of helathy salds with nutritious ingredients! Paleo, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free and Whole30. | realsimplegood.com

1. QUICK AND EASY TACO SALAD

Stop getting bored and learn how to build the perfect salad. 6 easy steps to build endless variations of helathy salds with nutritious ingredients! Paleo, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free and Whole30. | realsimplegood.com

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2. CHOPPED THAI SHRIMP SALAD

Stop getting bored and learn how to build the perfect salad. 6 easy steps to build endless variations of helathy salds with nutritious ingredients! Paleo, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free and Whole30. | realsimplegood.com

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3. SUPERFOOD SALAD WITH BLUEBERRY LEMON VINAIGRETTE

Stop getting bored and learn how to build the perfect salad. 6 easy steps to build endless variations of helathy salds with nutritious ingredients! Paleo, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free and Whole30. | realsimplegood.com

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4. CALIFORNIA STEAK SALAD WITH CHIMICHURRI DRESSING

Stop getting bored and learn how to build the perfect salad. 6 easy steps to build endless variations of helathy salds with nutritious ingredients! Paleo, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free and Whole30. | realsimplegood.com

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5. CHOPPED WINTER SALAD

Stop getting bored and learn how to build the perfect salad. 6 easy steps to build endless variations of helathy salds with nutritious ingredients! Paleo, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free and Whole30. | realsimplegood.com

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6. PALEO CHICKEN COBB SALAD WITH BUFFALO RANCH

Stop getting bored and learn how to build the perfect salad. 6 easy steps to build endless variations of helathy salds with nutritious ingredients! Paleo, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free and Whole30. | realsimplegood.com

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7. ITALIAN SUB SALAD

Stop getting bored and learn how to build the perfect salad. 6 easy steps to build endless variations of helathy salds with nutritious ingredients! Paleo, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free and Whole30. | realsimplegood.com

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8. CHILI LIME CHICKEN SALAD

Stop getting bored and learn how to build the perfect salad. 6 easy steps to build endless variations of helathy salds with nutritious ingredients! Paleo, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free and Whole30. | realsimplegood.com

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9. HEALTHY GREEK BROCCOLI SALAD

Stop getting bored and learn how to build the perfect salad. 6 easy steps to build endless variations of helathy salds with nutritious ingredients! Paleo, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free and Whole30. | realsimplegood.com

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10. RAINBOW SALAD WITH POMEGRANATE VINAIGRETTE

Stop getting bored and learn how to build the perfect salad. 6 easy steps to build endless variations of helathy salds with nutritious ingredients! Paleo, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free and Whole30. | realsimplegood.com

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Stop getting bored and learn how to build the perfect salad. 6 easy steps to build endless variations of helathy salds with nutritious ingredients! Paleo, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free and Whole30. | realsimplegood.com

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