Turn Your Favorite Appetizer Into a Salad!

Every Sunday afternoon, I create salads for the week for all three of us in the household (usually 12-16 total per week). We’ve learned that if we wait until the night before or the morning of, we’ll never eat healthy.  This system has worked for us for months.  Putting the salads together takes no more than 20-30 minutes.

I always start with the same base salad of greens with herbs, tomatoes and cucumber.  This week we had a plethora of donated cucumbers from friends’ gardens!

I use simple plastic containers to package the individual sized salads, which stay fresh all week in the refrigerator (sans dressing).

But the same salad, every day, week after week . . . gets BORING!!  So I change it up each week, adding different meats, beans, cheeses and vegetables to the base salad.  After making Pear-Gorgonzola Crostini appetizer last weekend, I realized that I could look to my favorite appetizers for inspiration!

So this week . . . I added pear and gorgonzola salad to our salads.  Not shown in the picture are some croutons to represent the crostini.

Ingredients (per salad):

  • 1 cup mixed greens
  • 5 cherry tomatoes
  • 1/4 cucumber, sliced
  • 1/4 pear, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon gorgonzola
  • small handful of chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup croutons

To Make:

Layer greens on the bottom.  Arrange additional ingredients over greens.  Do not add dressing until you are ready to eat.



  1. This looks like a great salad! We also make our meals for the week on Sundays in my house. I try to do one crockpot recipe, one salad, and one meal on the stove or in the oven just to give us some variety. I will definitely have to try your salad soon! However, without the gorgonzola for me but my boyfriend still eats dairy 🙂

  2. Great idea! I love appetizers, but I’m trying to be much healthier with lunches. This could be a great incentive!

  3. What a great idea to put together a weeks’ worth of salads at once! You’re right. It’s hard to eat healthy if you wait till the last minute. I’m definitely going to have to give that a try.

  4. Your photos are beautiful! I’ve been trying (and in many ways, failing) to eat healthier and salad prep is one of the things I hate doing. But this is a fantastic idea. Saves time and you’re not stuck eating the same boring salad week after week. Love it!

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