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:
- Sweet mix
- Swiss chard
- Green beans
- Shaved Brussels sprouts
- Roasted sweet potatoes/butternut squash
- A big scoop of warm brown rice
- Whatever else sounds good
Dressing of your choice:
- Straight olive oil
- Red wine/balsamic vinegar
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