I. Love. Salads. They are the perfect healthy meal or side for those of us who just don’t want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen, whether we’re sick, busy, tired, or just plain lazy. (Or all of the above.) They’re my go-to lunch for workdays and if you have some protein with breakfast you can probably get by without any for lunch if you don’t want to be bothered for that, either. Seriously, I don’t know what I’d do without salads to turn to. Paired with smoothies (which are really just salads that are put into the blender, at least the way I make them), salads are probably the #1 way I get my veggies. With a big helping of greens and just about anything you like thrown on top, they’re a great way to get rid of leftovers, too. And making your own dressing doesn’t have to be a pain in the butt! This Cranberry Avocado Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette comes together in about five minutes flat and most of that is just chopping the avocado and red onion. The dressing goes in the blender for a few seconds and boom, you’re good to go. Enjoy!
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