I think salads might just be one of the easiest college meals ever. All you have to do is wash and cut (or bake, depending on what you want), and it’s relatively healthy if your dressing is made with the proper ingredients. You can also adjust the flavor to fit what you need and want, so it’s nearly 100% customizable.

In other words, make what you want and eat what you want, without the guilt that normally comes from doing either or both.

My guilt-free meal came in the form of a large salad with fresh ingredients after a few hours of grocery shopping.

Salads are pretty self explanatory. You have some base vegetable (in my case, some lettuce I got for cheap at the supermarket) along with complimentary ingredients that you like the taste of. Here, it’s orange bell peppers, gala apples, and a breaded chicken I got from the supermarket.

As a random tip for, after you wash and dry your main vegetable (i.e. the lettuce), don’t bother cutting it up. Exercise those fingers and wrists and rip them into bite-sized pieces. I think, presentation-wise, it comes out looking a lot nicer because they aren’t your stiff ‘ole chunks of vegetables, but naturally shredded greens.

The dressing I used here is simple and can be made with anything you have lying around the house. Here it goes!



~2.5 heaping spoonfuls of peanut butter (creamy might be better)

~1.5 tablespoons of vinegar

~1.5 tablespoons of boiling water

~1 tablespoon of sugar

Combine everything but the boiling water and mix well. Add boiling water and stir until smooth before adding to your salad.

Of course, like the rest of this meal, season to your own taste!