How to make a salad that’s satisfying every single day, according to Jennifer Garner

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If you don’t choose the right set of ingredients, your health-rich lunch can lead you straight into a trap of salad fatigue. And that’s exactly why you’ll never find Jennifer Garner munching on a basic bowl of spinach and dressing—tasty as that combo may be. Instead, the healthy actress recently revealed a go-to salad formula that always leaves her with an incredibly satisfying bowl of greens.

“Salad used to mean limp carrot shavings and too-cold tomatoes. Now, salads are a celebration of what’s seasonal and handy.” —Jennifer Garner

In a recent Instagram post, Garner says leafy-green bowls used to mean “limp carrot shavings and too-cold tomatoes,” but her mind-set has totally changed since her sad-salad days. “Now, salads are a celebration of what’s seasonal and handy,” she writes. To make sure she winds up with a mouth-watering mix every time, she chooses ingredients from a wide range of categories: greens (duh), veggies—”you don’t need croutons if you have something crunchy in there”—grains/protein, fats, and a splash of dressing. While she loves cutting up an avocado and adding the beloved green cubes into the mix, well…PSA, Jen: You’re just asking to give herself avo hand with that cutting form!

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SALAD: ⬅️ used to mean limp carrot shavings and too cold tomatoes. NOW ➡️ salads are a celebration of what is seasonal and handy. They are also what’s for lunch. Always. #PretendCookingShow #fullepisodeonIGTV! . A blend of greens! Kale  Arugula Sweet mix  Swiss chard . Veggies!  Green beans  Broccoli  Peppers  Shaved Brussels sprouts  Roasted sweet potatoes/butternut squash . Fats!  Cheese  Nuts  Avocado . Grains/Protein A big scoop of warm brown rice  Chicken Whatever else sounds good. . Dressing of your choice! I use straight olive oil and red wine/balsamic vinegar. . The key for me is to pick a variety of the above and CHOP it up so that you aren’t battling a dinner plate sized honk of lettuce every other bite.

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Ready to put together a Jennifer Garner–worthy salad? Here’s her handy formula.

Garner picks a variety of what’s in her go-to list below, then she chops it up so “you aren’t battling a dinner plate-sized hunk of lettuce every other bite.” Ready to dig in?

A blend of greens:

  • Kale
  • Arugula
  • Sweet mix
  • Swiss chard


  • Green beans
  • Broccoli
  • Peppers
  • Shaved Brussels sprouts
  • Roasted sweet potatoes/butternut squash


  • Cheese
  • Nuts
  • Avocado


  • A big scoop of warm brown rice
  • Chicken
  • Whatever else sounds good

Dressing of your choice:

  • Straight olive oil
  • Red wine/balsamic vinegar

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