My Yummy Quick Salad with Help from Trader Joe’s

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Manic:  Trying to get a ton done before the kids start summer vacation, so I’m working hard at home and only have time for a quick homemade lunch.

Managed:  Trying the taste test area that Trader Joe’s always offers last week and leaving with several ingredients that helped me turn an ordinary salad into one comparable to a nice restaurant’s salad dish!  This was so easy and so yummy, that you’ve got to try it…

My Simple Salad Made Great!

What You Need:

*Lettuce – I used green leaf that I get fresh from Sunizona Family Farms on Fridays through their FarmBox

*Cucumber cut into slices

*Grape Tomatoes cut in half

*Onion sliced in thin strips

*Trader Joe’s Aceto Balsamico di Modena I.G.P. Balsamic Vinegar of Modena

*Trader Joe’s Premium Extra Virgin Olive Oil

*Trader Joe’s Ciliegine Whole Milk Fresh Mozzarella in Lightly Salted Water

*Dash of sea salt

*Dash of pepper

What You Do:

1.  Assemble salad using the lettuce, cucumber, tomatoes and onion.

2.  Add mozzarella cheese balls….as many as you would like.

3.  Drizzle the balasmic vinegar across the top of salad and then drizzle the olive oil across the salad.

4.  Sprinkle a dash of salt and pepper on top and toss.

This salad is soo good and here is why….

The combination of the olive oil and the balsamic vinegar mixed in with the yummy mozzarella cheese balls is the perfect mixture of toppings to satisfy your taste buds with a healthy salad to boot!

Trader Joe's had samples of this balsamic vinegar the day I shopped there. I highly recommend trying the daily samples they offer. I have assembled many good meals from the sample ideas that they share!

The Trader Joe's Olive Oil comes with the restaurant style top, too....I don't know why, but I think it tastes better when it drizzles out of the bottle so smoothly. Yum!

And the mozzarella cheese balls that come fresh in the lightly salted water from Trader Joe's make this salad taste like one from a good restaurant! Love it!

What is your favorite salad that you throw together quickly?  Share here in the comments section and eat well!



  1. This is the exact salad we had over and over when we visited Northern Italy last year. The only addition they enjoyed with it was some tuna sprinkled on top. When I came home, I went straight to Trader Joes and stocked up on mozzarella balls and tuna. So yummy! We even visited the town of Modena in Italy (where most balsamic vinegar is made) and I was surprised to see how much cheaper it was to buy at Trader Joes than to purchase in Modena. Glad I didn’t try to lug a bottle all the way home in my suitcase.