Salads are another versatile dish that offers plenty of room for experimentation. Go with a lettuce base or mix and match other vegetables. Try different dressings and spices to bring in more flavor, and add some nuts, seeds, or croutons for more texture. There are plenty of cost-effective ways to get your greens in.
Classic Caesar Salad: You can't go wrong with a classic Caesar salad. With minimal ingredients (romaine lettuce, croutons, parmesan cheese, and Caesar dressing), this recipe is inherently affordable. If you want to make it even more filling, add grilled chicken.
Recipe: Natasha's Kitchen
Bean Salad: Canned goods are notoriously cheap and although we often think of salads comprised of fresh vegetables, this recipe taps canned beans for an affordable and tasty dish. Combining ingredients like green beans, kidney beans, pinto beans, onion, vinegar, olive oil, and sugar, there's plenty of texture and flavor in this recipe.
Recipe: A Couple Cooks
Greek Salad: Send your taste buds on a trip to the Mediterranean with this Greek salad recipe. Easy to prepare, this recipe comes to life with tomatoes, cucumbers, kalamata olives, feta cheese, and a lemon-olive oil dressing.