You’ve tried dump dinners. And dump cakes. And while the name is, um, less than appealing, there’s something glorious about throwing a bunch of ingredients together and calling it a day. The next low-maintenance meal you should be making for easy lunches and dinners? Garbage salads. We can 100 percent get behind transforming leftovers, pantry ingredients and random produce into a light and healthy meal. Here, 15 garbage salads for some upcoming dinner inspo.
15 Garbage Salad Recipes for Those Nights When You Just Can’t Even
The Cobb is the O.G. of garbage salads—it was created by tossing together random ingredients from a restaurant kitchen for a late-night snack. Feel free to throw in whatever other ingredients you have on hand, like nuts, dried cranberries and leftover herbs. (Thanks, Coterie member Maria Lichty.)
Everything Spring Garden Salad With Lemon Basil Vinaigrette
Everything is right. This salad can be edited to include any and all ingredients you’re craving. Monique Volz’s lemon basil vinaigrette works with all sorts of veggies.
Asian Ramen Noodle Salad Recipe
You know those packs of ramen noodles hiding in the back of the pantry? Yep, those. Give them a new life in this simple salad from Coterie member Heidi Larsen.
Toss your favorite breakfast ingredients with Bibb lettuce and balsamic vinaigrette for a new take on the first meal of the day. (Thanks for this inspo, Coterie member Carlene Thomas.)
End Of Summer Cobb Salad With Creamy Carrot-kimchi Dressing
There’s no right or wrong here. Coterie member Phoebe Lapine’s Cobb salad works with any leftover vegetables you have on hand.