My 3 Monsters: Cranberry & Feta Salad

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Cranberry & Feta Salad

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Hi guys!  Today I want to share one of my FAVORITE easy lunches with y'all.  Here's a little back story . . . this summer I had to get some blood work done at my doctor's office.  Of course I had to be fasting, and the only appointment they had was at 1:30 in the afternoon.  Not a huge deal, but by the time they were done I was more than ready to eat and all I could think about was a salad I had at Paradise Bakery months ago.  I left the doctor's office and drove straight to Paradise and ordered a Crumbly Bleu Cheese salad.  I was literally and figuratively in Paradise.  

As I watched the gal behind the counter make it, though, I realized how easy it would be to recreate at home.  Romaine lettuce dressed with Caesar dressing.  A scoop of bleu cheese crumbles.  A scoop of dried cranberries.  Sprinkling of sunflower seeds.  Diced grilled chicken for protein.  Easy peasy.  I replaced the bleu cheese with crumbled Feta because it is easier to find and less expensive, but I think I like the Feta better anyway.  I take this Cranberry and Feta salad to work for lunch probably three days a week and it NEVER DISAPPOINTS!

Cranberry and Feta Salad recipe at

Cranberry & Feta Salad

There are no exact measurements for this salad -- it all depends on how much you want to make.  For the bowl of salad pictured here I used:

1 smallish heart of Romaine {chopped into bite size pieces}
2 Tbsp. Feta cheese crumbles
2-3 Tbsp. dried cranberries
1-2 Tbsp. sunflower seeds
1/4 C. diced grilled chicken {optional, but delicious!}
approx. 2 Tbsp. lite Caesar dressing -- I like Ken's Steak House brand the best.

Cut Romaine heart into bite size chunks and place in a bowl.  Add Caesar dressing and toss to coat lettuce.  Top with Feta cheese, cranberries, sunflower seeds and chicken. Serve immediately.  

If I am packing this salad to take to work, I place all ingredients except dressing in a plastic container with lid.  Then I pour the dressing into another small container so I can add it right before I eat.  This way the lettuce doesn't get wilt-y and the salad stays yummy.

Cranberry and Feta Salad recipe at
I mean, you're welcome.  Just look at all that goodness!  Since I went back to school a month ago I have lost about 15 pounds, which I attribute mostly to giving up soda {well, dramatically reducing anyway} and counting calories.  I've been resistant to calorie counting for years because it seems like such a drag.  Keeping track of everything I eat?  No thanks!  So I sat down one day and found a few things I would enjoy eating for breakfast and lunch {this salad included} and figured out how many calories were in those foods.  Now I have a list of "approved" meals to choose from every morning as I try to get out the door for work and life is simple.  For dinner I just eat a normal family meal, but I only have a small portion of the main dish and fill the rest of my plate with veggies and fruit.  

Cranberry and Feta Salad recipe at
 Please share your favorite quick and easy healthy lunch in the comments -- I'm always looking to expand my repertoire!

Have a great day, friends!

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