Simple Fruit Salads on the GO

DESIGNED for quickness on days when you’ve got to get to it while still staying healthy, this is as simple as it gets for leafy greens with refreshing fruity flavors— just cut, chop, steep, and/or plate with prepackaged ingredients. The following are three of my quick variations, each made on days when I myself have had to be especially speedy and resilient, AND still eat just the same.

Simple Sweet and *Savory* Salad

Ingredients:

  • 3-6 cups prepackaged lettuce leaf blend of your choice
  • 1 ½ cups cucumber slices
  • 3 mini-oranges, peeled and separated (e.g. mandarin, tangelo— I used “Cuties” brand mandarin oranges here)
  • 3 cups chopped strawberries
  • 3 tsp white wine vinegar
  • 3 tsp olive oil
  • 3 tsp dried savory

Prep time: 5 minutes
Yields: 3-4 servings

Preparation:

  1. In large mixing bowl, toss together lettuce leaves, cucumber, oranges, and strawberries.
  2. Add vinegar, olive oil, and savory, and toss once more.
  3. Plate into 3-4 separate bowls and enjoy!

Star Anise and Minty Apple Salad

Ingredients:

  • 4-6 cups prepackaged lettuce leaf blend of your choice
  • 2-3 gala apples, sliced
  • 1/4 cup of cashews
  • 2 cups of water
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup of dried star anise
  • 1 mint tea leaf bag

Prep time: 10-15 minutes
Yields: 3-4 servings

Preparation:

  1. Bring water, apple cider vinegar, star anise, and mint-leaf tea bag to a boil on high heat in a medium-sized pot. (***Tip: if the tea bag comes with a paper tag and string attached to it, remove them before boiling the bag in the water to avoid boiling in ink and string as well.)
  2. Add apple slices to the pot and boil for 3 minutes, then simmer for 7 minutes on medium low heat, until apples are soft.
  3. Drain the apples and plate over bowls of lettuce leaf blend. Top with cashews and enjoy!

Tarragon and Orange-Basil-Berry Salad

Ingredients:

  • 6-8 cups prepackaged lettuce leaf blend of your choice
  • 2 medium oranges, peeled and chopped into large chunks
  • 1 cup freeze-dried blueberries
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 2 tsp dried tarragon
  • 1 tsp basil-infused olive oil

Prep time: 5 minutes
Yields: 3-4 servings

Preparation:

  1. In large mixing bowl, toss together lettuce leaves, oranges, dried blueberries and walnuts.
  2. Add tarragon and olive oil and toss once more.
  3. Plate into 3-4 separate bowls and enjoy.

Yasmine’s notes:

The very first time I made each of these salads, I didn’t have a whole lot of time or space to make them– considering that each of these salads were first made during especially-calamitous times.

Two of these salads, for example, were originally made between days where I had to bear with the aftermath of driving one of my family members to the E.R.; wait for this family member for 3 hours in the middle of the night to thankfully be more or less okay, and then get about 3 hours of sleep for myself after driving back home before IMMEDIATELY getting on with my next day. The third salad? Made on a day where I had to next bear with the aftermath of a tragic car accident sadly wrecking quite a bit for the other party involved (no matter that they were at fault; it was still heartbreaking), and causing a LOT of missed sleep for all of us, and still having the get on with things that next day as well— the best that can thankfully be said again is that no person was physically harmed.

With these sorts of calamitous events happening to all of us daily— the two I’ve listed being just the tip of the iceberg of pain that Torus Link will tell more of in timeit’s still reality that I have to eat to sustain myself with enough energy to keep pushing through these calamities. And at that, not resort to, if yes, readily-available things at this time that are quick and easy to snag and consume… unfortunately are still equally unhealthy things that would only make me feel worse.

So it is that I hope that this offers you some small bit of proof, comfort, and encouragement: you too can manage committing to your health even under the most T-A-X-I-N-G of circumstances, as you push forward with your own craft. Hopefully we’ll come to see more and more healthy recipes and meals as the standard that everyone can go to quickly in time. For now, if you have any of your own recipes-despite-the-storms that you’d like to share, I’d love to see them below.


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