Salad Box

As a mom, family time is precious, and the last thing I want to do is spend any more time in the kitchen than I need to. Inspired by our friends over at Hallelujah Acres, I created a “salad box” that stays stocked in the fridge.

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The concept is to always have fresh produce washed, cut up and ready to eat — all in a handy box. (In the case of my family… TWO boxes.) It is a salad bar ready to go with each meal. No more digging-around-the-drawers-to-see-what-we-have-that-hasn’t-gone-bad-because-I-forgot-about-it!

I just pull our boxes out, and that is it!

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How to Make a Salad Box:

It is extremely easy and can be done pretty quickly and cheaply. Head to your nearest Dollar General, Target, Walmart, or anywhere that sells storage tubs in various sizes. I think I found mine at Dollar Tree.

You will need

1-2 large tub/s with a secure lid  (measure your fridge space and be sure to find one that will fit!)

4-6 smaller containers 

I typically purchase a week’s worth of produce at a time. Just find the veggies, greens, herbs, seeds, nuts, water chestnuts or anything you’d normally put in a salad, stirfry, or sandwich wrap. Designate a few minutes one evening to wash and prepare all the items and put them in the smaller boxes (within the large salad box). With a few minutes of prep time once a week you’ll have everything ready to go for the entire week!

The salad box saves a lot of time and makes dinner prep a lot less stressful.

If you decided to give it a try, please let me know. I’d love to hear how it is working for your family!

Simply live. Simply Smiles.

Shannon Miles

 

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Shannon is a Christ-follower, wife to an amazing man and mom to three adorable kids. She is also a holistic health counselor, musician and worship leader. Her husband is a personal trainer, natural bodybuilder and is also a musician. Together they help others learn to take the "next step" in feeding whole, natural foods to their families. She loves flip flops and wears them year-round, always has dark chocolate in the pantry and never misses a rerun of Back to the Future.

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Comments

  1. Susan says

    Ok-I am totally going to try this! I love salad and it would be great for my lunches everyday. I am thinking this would also work great for fruit!! Thanks for sharing :)

    • says

      So glad you like it! It has been a huge help to our family. I don’t know what I did before having one of these! BTW – The box is never filled the same each week. I just throw in there what looks good (and is on sale!). : )

      • LanaMS says

        We have 7 children. Our boys are 17, 14, 11 and 9. Our girls are 6, 4 and 20 months. I made our salad box over the weekend! We love it. :0)

        • says

          Wow, what a blessing! We only have three (9, 3 and 2)… with hopes for more. I’ve been battling an autoimmune disease that has my fertility shaken up a bit right now. It makes me so happy to hear that you made a salad box. We love ours and use it several times a day, everyday!

  2. Jen5253 Range says

    What a great idea! We also try and eat salad every day at dinner, and ideally for both lunch and dinner, and this would be such a time saver for me! Thank you for sharing!

  3. says

    Dropped in from the LFL yahoo group. I hadn’t been on there in a long time.
    I love this idea! Our salad veggies tend to go bad before they get used stored in the veggie drawers in the fridge – out of sight, out of mind. Maybe this will help.

  4. Sherry says

    Just wondering if everything stays fresh all week? I just made salad for dinner tonight, and it would be so much easier if everything were already in one place, cleaned and prepped for more than one meal. Thanks for the great idea!

    • says

      Hi Sherry, Yes, it stays fresh for me. I add a little water on my celery, carrots, etc (like at a salad bar) and they stay fine. I also wash and cut my lettuce before putting it in the bin. I grocery shop once a week and I have no problems with freshness. I’d love to hear how it works for you! Thanks for the comment. Blessings.

  5. says

    Found you through Blogelina today and I love this idea! So creative and makes it simple to put together a healthy meal or side dish. Thanks for posting it!

    • says

      Hi! Yes, I put the lid on it. It is also a good idea to put a little water in the bins that have celery, carrots or other veggies that may dry out. We love eating this way and use our box (actually boxes) everyday! Please let me know if you have anymore questions! :)

  6. Alicia Kelly says

    I just seen your idea and I had to use it mainly for myself. I am on the atkins diet and I eat alot of salad. So it makes it easier for me to get the tub out and make my salad over every day perparing a salad that may take forever to make the eggs, and cut everything, great idea.

  7. Amy Ortiz says

    What size are your boxes? I can’t imagine having enough lettuce for the whole family for a whole week in part of a box. I love the idea, and I think I’ll implement it with the salad toppings! Thank you!

    • says

      I’m not sure on the box size, offhand. It is the largest box that I could fit in the fridge. We actually use two. My husband is a natural bodybuilder so we go through lots of food. :) Good luck! Let me know if you have any questions!

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