Simple Summer Salad & Homemade Dressing Recipe


It’s summer…finally! This is my absolute favorite time of the year when all I want to do is bask in the sun 🙂 So when it comes to meal prep, I try to keep it simple & casual because (1) it’s too hot to cook and (2) it’s too beautiful out to spend my time inside.

This is when salads come in really handy. You can get your veggies and your sunshine too. And when it comes to salads, there are no rules. You can toss in anything you want.

Start with any fresh veggies you have on hand (I usually keep some type of lettuce, carrots and tomatoes). Next toss on some protein (hard boiled eggs, canned beans, tuna, any leftovers, etc). *I recommend draining and rinsing the canned beans to lower the sodium content* Then add some fresh fruit, cheese, rice or quinoa, nuts and seeds, etc. Literally ANYTHING you have in the fridge/pantry/freezer can be added – so be creative. Finally, top it off with a nice light dressing. I prefer homemade because it takes 2 minutes to make and there’s no additives. Check out my recipe below for a 3-ingredient homemade maple dijon vinaigrette. It is also FODMAP friendly for all of my IBS people. Let me know what you think 🙂

xo. L


Homemade Maple Dijon Vinaigrette

Course Salad
Servings 1
Author Lauren Manganiello, MS, RDN, CDN


  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard or any mustard you like
  • 1 tsp maple syrup


  1. Mix together all ingredients. Keep refrigerated.