Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Salad in a Cup #recipe from author @DarylWoodGerber

My nephew gave me a darling Starbuck’s mug from Oklahoma, where he is now residing, and I knew it would be the perfect size for this salad in a cup meal.

What is salad in a cup? Pretty much anything you want to add to it. I had it as a quickie lunch the other day when I was out and decided I had to copy it. 

To make at home, I used whatever veggies and such I had on hand in the refrigerator. I almost always have cooked chicken, but I'm sure you could use any other meat you desire or cheese or tofu. 

For the salsa, I purchased some really delicious tomatoes. You can make it ahead of time. It will keep for at least a week. FYI, you’ll have so much salsa left over if you only make one salad that you’ll want to buy a bag of Doritos to enjoy the rest of it.

Salsa Fresca
(yield 2 cups)

4 ripe tomatoes, chopped
1/4 red onion, chopped
1 jalapeno, minced
8 parsley sprigs, minced
1 garlic clove, minced
Juice of 1 lime (*see note by picture below)
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt, more if desired

Salad in a Cup
(serves 1)

1 chicken thigh or breast, cooked, chopped
4-6 slices cucumber, quartered (you may keep or remove the skin)
2 tablespoons garbanzo beans or kidney beans or black beans
2 tablespoons diced jicama, if desired
4-6 baby tomatoes, sliced in half
1/3 avocado, diced
2-4 tablespoons salsa fresca

1 mug

Dice the chicken and dust with paprika. If the chicken is cold, heat in microwave for 15-20 seconds.  Prepare the vegetables and beans.

Layer the chicken, cucumber, beans, jicama, tomatoes and avocado in the mug. Top with 2-4 tablespoons salsa fresca.


Of course, this could be prepared and set atop a bed of lettuce on a plate.

My limes were a little hard to squeeze, so I used a garlic press to help me out! Ha!

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  1. I eat salads most days. This is a good idea!

  2. I love this idea! And I also eat salads a lot. Thanks for sharing it with us!

  3. This could work. I am not a salad girl, but maybe in one of the mugs I love and therefore smaller size I would eat more salad! Thanks!

    1. It really is just the right size. Perfect for lunch. ~ Daryl

  4. What a terrific idea! Perfect portion control and flexibility.

    I just got back from 2 weeks in Maine with almost no internet. That's why I'v been missing here.

  5. I love taking salads to work for lunch. So easy & healthy.

  6. What a great idea for lunch. Definitely going to give it a try.