Colorful Dinner Salad

Hello, hello! Thank you for stopping by! : )

I’m starting to feel the side effects from the Whole30 challenge, and they aren’t starting off as pleasant like I hoped!

I found this timeline on the Whole30 website yesterday, and it’s making me question my decision to complete the Whole30. It seems like each week has challenges, and I’m doing my best to stay strong.

Right now, I’m transitioning to the “Kill All the Things” phase, ha! I had a headache the past two days. So far, this timeline seems accurate. I’ve been drinking as much water as possible to try to alleviate the headaches; I’m up to 1.5 gallons!

I’m really hoping to notice some physical changes by the time my 30 days are up!

Colorful Dinner Salad

Last night, I made this colorful salad for dinner, complete with homemade salad dressing. After you make this dressing, you will wonder why you don’t always make your dressing. (I know I wondered that.) Making your own is so easy and tasty!

Healthy Salad


  • 1 sliced tomato
  • 3 sliced strawberries
  • 1/2 cup watermelon
  • 1 grilled chicken breast
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1/4 of an avocado
  • balsamic vinegar
  • olive oil

To make the dressing:

  • Combine equal parts balsamic vinegar and olive oil in a shaker.
    *I didn’t measure this part, so just go by the taste test!
  • Shake well.


  1. Place 2 cups of spinach in bowl and top with all of the ingredients except the vinegar and oil.
  2. Drizzle homemade salad dressing on top.
  3. Enjoy!

Try it out, and let me know what you think!

How to Choose a Mango

Another ingredient I wanted to add to my salad was mango. When I went to the store, I quickly picked one, and off I went.

As I started to cut them, I realized two things:

1. It wasn’t ripe.
2. I don’t know how to cut a mango.

Had I done a quick Google search while at the store, I’m sure I could have easily figured this out.

Apparently, mangos are like avocados. If a mango is soft, it is ripe and ready to eat! I still haven’t figured out how to easily cut them. That will be on my next attempt.

Question of the Day

  • What are your favorite salad toppings?

I tend to prefer salads with at least one fruit topping. I love goat cheese salads with strawberries!

  • What is the hardest food for you to cut?

Spaghetti squash! I am terrified of knives, so I really fear for my fingers when it comes to spaghetti squash.


2 thoughts on “Colorful Dinner Salad

  1. I really enjoy reading your blogs! I thought I had a helpful tip for you, this time. My uncle taught me to stand the mango up and put a fork in the end not on the cutting board. This way, you can hold the forked mango in one hand and use a knife in the other hand to peel back the skin and then slice the mango! Hope it helps! 🙂

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