Garbage Salad

Annakate Tefft


I came up with this salad when I was craving something healthy but hadn't been to the grocery store in awhile to stock up on fruits and veggies. Luckily I had a few things still tucked away! It turned out great and I will definitely make variations of this again. Mix and match veggies, nuts, fruit, dried fruit and grains in this salad to your tastes (or whatever you've got on hand!).


★★★★★ 3 votes

2 as a main dish, 4 as a side
45 Min


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sweet potato
1 c
butternut squash, peeled and diced
onion, chopped
3/4 c
uncooked israeli couscous (or regular couscous, or brown rice)
pieces uncooked bacon
3 c
chopped greens (spring mix, arugula, mixed greens, spinach, etc.)
green onions, chopped
baby carrots, chopped
ribs celery, plus celery greens, chopped
apple or pear, chopped
1/2 c
sunflower seeds
1/2 c
1/2 c
finely grated parmesan cheese (or your favorite cheese)


3/4 c
olive oil, extra virgin
1/4 c
balsamic vinegar
1/4 c
3 Tbsp
dijon mustard
salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

How to Make Garbage Salad


  • 1Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Cut sweet potato into even cubes, with skin left on (more nutrients!). In a small bowl, toss sweet potato, cubed onion and butternut squash with a drizzle of olive oil, kosher salt and freshly ground pepper. Spread on a baking sheet lined with foil and roast at 450 degrees for 30-40 minutes (depending on size of cubes) until browned and cooked through.
  • 2Meanwhile, boil Irsaeli couscous in water (just like pasta) until cooked but not mushy, about 5 minutes. Drain well and rinse with cold water to cool.
  • 3Cook bacon to desired doneness and drain on paper towel-lined plate. When cool enough to handle, crumble.
  • 4When potato/onion/squash mixture is done, remove from oven and let cool slightly. Combine with couscous, bacon and all other ingredients in a large bowl.
  • 5Mix up dressing ingredients in a small 1/2 pint jar (or other container) and shake until emulsified. Pour dressing over salad (to taste - there will be leftover dressing), tossing to combine. Serve with crusty bread or fruit. So healthy and yummy!

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