Last night Allie was telling me how she and Raven are trying to come up with 5 go-to dinner recipes. I LOVE this. I feel like as an adult, everyone should have a handful of recipes they can always fall back on – they’re simple, you know the recipe by heart, and you generally always have the ingredients on hand. And since I love anything that can make cooking more organized and streamlined, I was inspired to come up with a go-to salad builder. There’s nothing more unappealing than a light salad in the dead of winter. Give me some grease and cheese and carbs, please. But even I’m starting to get sick of the endless carb fest and starting to think about being seen in a bathing suit…in public…in a few months. For me, the key to a satisfying and filling salad when it’s 2 degrees outside is loading it up with healthy grains and starchy veggies – you feel like you’re actually eating something. With my salad builder, pick any item(s) from each of the categories and you’ve got a healthy and delicious meal to keep you feeling good. As for a go-to dressing, here’s what I do: 1 part balsamic vinegar, 3 parts olive oil, a healthy dollop of Dijon mustard, salt & pepper, shake it up in a jar or leftover takeout quart container until emulsified, and store in the fridge. Eat up!