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Family Budget Friendly Fresh Garden Salad Recipe

Updated on May 12, 2008

Ten Dollar Dad’s Budget Friendly Fresh Garden Salad Recipe

This is an easy to make a salad recipe that you can make and use over several days. It is a great way to add veggies to a meal while on a budget. When you are shopping buy vegetables that are on sale for your salad. The ingredients for this salad should cost around $8.00 . You should be able to use the salad for three meals or more.


1 Head of Iceberg Lettuce

1 Bag Baby Spinach

I small head purple cabbage

1 small bag carrots

1 bunch of celery

Rinse the lettuce and remove outer leaves. Remove core. Cut in half, the cut these in half. Slice into ½ inch strips. Cut these strips in half. Place in large bowl.

Rinse and dry Baby Spinach. If the leaves are large cut into one inch pieces. and add to lettuce.

Rinse cabbage. Remove outer leaves. You will only need about a cup of the cabbage. Thinly slice some cabbage then dice into small ½ inch or smaller pieces. Add to salad base.

Peel carrots and rinse. Slice the carrots as thin as possible and add about two cups to salad base.

Clean celery and remove tops and bottoms. Slice stocks into ¼ inch pieces. Add about two cups to salad base.

Stir, cover and store in refrigerator. The salad base will be good for at least three days.

This is a basic salad base. You can experiment with other ingredients. Try using red lettuce instead of spinach. Add cucumbers, broccoli or anything that you kids will eat.

Serving tips:

Add croutons – looks great and tastes great!

Add tomatoes only when you serve the salad. This keeps it fresh.

Add sunflower seeds.

Serve with sliced lemons on the side as a sunny garnish.

Ten Dollar Dad

Ten Dollar Dad is a series that gives dads (and moms) insight into how to feed and entertain their family on a budget. The recipes are designed to feed a family of four for under ten dollars. (Cost may vary depending on location and market prices but if you shop wisely you should be able to keep the price under ten dollars.

The series comes from years as a single dad when money was tight. Now that I am remarried to a wonderful woman (check out her blog) I am still learning new recipes and ways to entertain my two young daughters.

You can visit Ten Dollar Dads blog that discusses ways for kids to earn their own money. The site contains useful information and insights that will help you teach your kids and teens financial responsibility while earning their own money.

I hope that you enjoy this recipe and the other Ten Dollar Dad pages. Drop me a line and share your experiences.


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      The Industry Gian 9 years ago from Winnipeg

      I am going to try that salad with the barbequed ribs.