This salad is a good healthy start for any meal. It is a quick-and-easy way to add flavor and nutrition to your meal all year round. And romaine lettuce is one of the few food sources for chromium with one serving providing 12% of your daily value for this hard-to-find mineral. Enjoy!

Prep and Cook Time: 10 minutes
Serves 2

• 1 large head romaine lettuce, outside leaves discarded
• 1 large tomato, chopped
• 1 small red bell pepper, julienned into 1 inch long pieces
• 1/2 small avocado, cut into chunks
• 2 TBS coarsely chopped walnuts (optional)

• 2 TBS lemon juice
• 2 tsp balsamic vinegar
• Extra virgin olive oil to taste
• Salt and cracked black pepper to taste

1. Remove outer leaves of lettuce heads and discard. Cut off tops of leaves and discard as they are bitter.
2. Chop remaining inner leaves. Rinse in cold water, and if you have a salad spinner, spin lettuce to dry. If you don't have one, remove as much water as possible in a colander and then dry with paper towels. This will keep the flavor of the salad from getting diluted.

Author's Bio: 

This recipe is from the website, a very popular website which comes up #1 on a "Google" search for "healthiest foods" and "healthiest recipes." The website provides unbiased information with no commercial interests by the not-for-profit George Mateljan Foundation. George Mateljan is the founder of Health Valley Foods and author of six best-selling books on the Healthiest Way of Eating.