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Let’s face it: Eating healthy can be hard work! Shopping for fresh produce, preparing nutritious (yet delicious) snacks and meals, learning portion sizes, counting calories and resisting favorite unhealthy foods can take a lot of time and mental energy. One of the keys to maintaining a healthy diet day in and day out is to keep healthy foods always available, prepped and ready to go so grabbing the healthier alternative when hunger strikes is really the quickest and easiest option.

If healthy eating has become your priority this new year, you are most likely making and consuming a lot of salads. While salads can often be boring and time-consuming to prep, there are ways to make them fun, yummy and a breeze to assemble. Today, I’m going to show you how to make your own at-home salad bar that will make salads a cinch to prep and a treat to eat!

Outfit a Healthy Kitchen salad bar

Pulling out and chopping up a variety of veggies can seemingly take too much time when you’re starving! The trick is to have your salad ingredients always at the ready. Start by buying a variety of fruits and vegetables that you like. Get creative! Besides the usual salad staples (tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots and lettuce), also consider:

  • Crunchy vegetables (cauliflower, broccoli, celery, radishes)
  • Canned beans
  • Corn
  • Apples
  • Canned fruits (in juices, not syrup)
  • Cooked sweet potatoes
  • Cooked squash
  • Cubed meat (turkey, chicken, ham)
  • Cubed cheese (part-skim, low-moisture cheeses)

Rinse, cut and jar up all your salad fixings into air-tight containers, then store all the fixings in one easy-to-grab bin.

Outfit a Healthy Kitchen Veggies

Fresh herbs are the key to making a salad extra scrumptious, and adding them doesn’t require a ton of work either. Dedicate another bin to your favorite fresh herbs (cilantro, basil, dill, mint and chives are all awesome on salads!). Keep the bin next to your salad fixings. Tuck in a kitchen shears to make chopping up these flavorful additions hassle-free.

Outfit a Healthy Kitchen Herbs

Look for bins that fit your fridge yet still hold everything you need. My blue bins are plastic magazine files from The Dollar Spot at Target. The chalkboard labels help keep everything easy to find during the mealtime frenzy! At prep time, grab the bins and assemble your salad without having to pull out knives or cutting boards! It’s so easy, even kids can help out!

Outfit a Healthy Kitchen Fridge Caddies

These caddies are also great for pre-portioned snack bags, kid snacks, fruit and other healthy foods. Preparing and storing your healthy foods in attractive bins will catch your attention and help you reach for those foods first when hunger strikes!

Outfit a Healthy Kitchen Fridge Final

In order to get more nutrients into your daily diet and make your salads more interesting, complement your refrigerated salad bar with a counter-top dressing and toppings station!

Outfit a Healthy Kitchen Final Salad Bar

Start by purchasing a variety of jars and bottles from a local craft store.

Outfit a Healthy Kitchen Empty Jars

Add some personality with vinyl or chalkboard labels.

Outfit a Healthy Kitchen Jar Labels

Jar up your favorite dry ingredients to make them quick and easy to add to your salads. Nuts, dried fruit and favorite spices add texture and flavor to otherwise boring vegetables.

Outfit a Healthy Kitchen Dry Ingredients

Fill glass bottles with a variety of liquid ingredients to make your own salad dressings. Oils, vinegars, honey, jams and syrups can be combined to make your salad shine!

Outfit a Healthy Kitchen Liquids

Outfit your salad station with gadgets like juicers and graters to add fresh fruit flavor! A mini salad dressing mixer is the perfect kitchen accessory for whipping up unique dressings night after night!

Outfit a Healthy Kitchen Dressing Mixer

Keep THIS perfect recipe card close by to pull together yummy custom salad dressings on the fly!

Outfit a Healthy Kitchen Recipes

Place all your dry ingredients, liquids and tools into a decorative tray or basket to keep everything corralled and convenient!

Outfit a Healthy Kitchen Complete Station

Put your at-home salad bar in a place you can easily access. Remember, the key to healthy eating is to keep everything easy to reach and easy to maintain!

Outfit a Healthy Kitchen Final Salad Bar

Making systems fun and pretty is a sure-fire way to trick yourself into using them. If preparing fresh veggies and salads seems like too much work at the end of a long day, spend a little time making yourself this at-home salad bar. While you’re at it, also spend an hour or so organizing your kitchen. Place mixing bowls, cooking utensils, food scales, pots and pans in easy-to-reach places so cooking is as hassle-free as possible.

Outfit a Healthy Kitchen Kitchen Counter

Lastly, be sure to visit ForRent.com for more kitchen organization and storage solutions HERE! Now it’s time to get chopping!

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Hi, I'm Megan...wife to a U.S. Marine and mom to a high-energy baby boy! We are a military family, moving into our 5th home in 8 years! I started this blog as a way to chronicle the various "homes I have made" over the years, as well as to be a resource for ideas, tips, and tricks for making any temporary space a cute, cozy and comfortable home! I hope you'll stay a minute, take a look around, introduce yourself, and hopefully...find something you like! Have a great day!

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  1. Great organization tips!! I am trying to eat healthier, and you’re right, salads are timely to make..that’s why I don’t eat them that often…now with your tips I can. Thank your husband for serving his country.
  2. While I love your ideas of staying organized in order to eat healthier one of your pictures is misleading. You are showing oils in clear bottles next to the stove–two things that will make oils go bad quickly–heat and light. If you are using clear glass bottles store them away from light, in a cupboard. If you want to store them on your countertop use dark colored bottles so that light is not affecting the oils. Regardless of clear or dark always store oils away from heat sources like stoves.
  3. I’ve recently started a website, the info you provide on this website has helped me tremendously. Thanks for all of your time & work. “Never trust anybody who says ‘trust me.’ Except just this once, of course. – from Steel Beach” by John Varley.

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