I usually pack the same one almost every time because I really enjoy this combination of flavors. Costco is a great place to stock up on salad stuff. They have massive containers of organic spring mix for less than five dollars. They make several good sized salads. I keep lots of fresh greens in the fridge lately. I'm a big fan of cooked baby spinach and I also use a whole container of baby arugula to cook with beans for dinner. I buy the huge bags of shelled nuts. They are about 2-3 pounds each of walnuts and pecans. I take a few handfuls and toast them in the oven. I did 375 degrees today for about 15 minutes. I checked them and then let them stay in about five minutes longer. I love taking them out of the oven and reveling in their aroma. I don't add anything to them. Once the oils are released by the heat, they have such a complex and satisfying taste on their own. They add major flavor to any salad. I usually use about 1/5 of a cup and then save the rest in a container for future lunches. About two cups of assorted nuts will last the week. I try to make Chris a salad too so I try to maintain a shelf in the fridge with supplies. I need to come up with a more efficient method. It's a work in progress.
Another thing I love on salads is berries! Luckily they are cheap right now. Summer is an action packed season for produce. I love to take the family to the pick-your-own patches. I also can't wait to see all of the gorgeous heirloom tomatoes when they burst onto the scene at the market! When the berries aren't readily available, I find that dried cranberries are a great touch. We have a small herb garden in a planter that is inside of our house. We have a nice box on the balcony but the squirrels tend to seek and destroy anything I put out there. This is why I can't have nice things. They get good sun behind the couch so I just need to remember to water them and they can give us the flavor hookup when we need it.
As far as dressing goes, I've still been on a balsamic reduction campaign. I just love how a light drizzile can bring a whole salad to life. I'm going to experiment with making my own salad dressings. There are a few good ones you can get from the store but most of them are usually lacking in some way. This seems like a proactive way to fill in the gaps.
I can't wait to see what kind of stuff they have at the Farmers Market tomorrow! I'm on the lookout for some inspiration. I'm trying my best to sustain this and I need to keep it interesting in order to keep from straying.