Danilo's Everyday Salad Recipe

Danilo's Everyday Salad
Photo © Danilo Alfaro
Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 10 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
231 Calories
16g Fat
15g Carbs
9g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 231
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16g 21%
Saturated Fat 6g 32%
Cholesterol 18mg 6%
Sodium 146mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 15g 5%
Dietary Fiber 8g 28%
Protein 9g
Calcium 130mg 10%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This salad is so good, and so easy to make, that I have it nearly every day. It has relatively few components — your everyday salad should be simple, after all.

The ingredients are all pretty straightforward, but I should note that I prefer to use the mild French variety of goat cheese (called Chèvre) rather than the tangier, saltier Greek feta.

You could add cucumbers, or kalamata olives, or use more than one kind of lettuce, but if you make too many changes you'd be making a whole different salad. To me, the beauty of this salad is its simplicity.


  • 1 head romaine lettuce
  • 1 large tomato (room temperature)
  • 1 large ripe avocado
  • 4 oz mild goat cheese
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons ​white balsamic vinaigrette

Steps to Make It

  1. Trim the lettuce leaves from the stalk, then wash and dry each leaf. If you use a salad spinner to dry your lettuce, you might find it easier to do so after you chop it.​

  2. Chop the lettuce into 1-inch pieces and transfer to a large salad bowl.​

  3. Slice the tomato into eight sections, then cut each section in half crossways, so that you have 16 chunks of tomato. Add them to the lettuce.​

  4. Halve the avocado and remove the pit. Then section the avocado much as you did the tomato. Add the avocado chunks to the lettuce and tomato.​

  5. Roughly crumble the goat cheese over the top.​

  6. Spoon a couple of tablespoons of dressing over the salad and gently toss. You want the dressing to lightly coat everything. Add more if you need to, and toss again.​

  7. Once the salad is dressed, serve it right away.