FoodByMaria shares 3 Simple Salad recipes using 5 ingredients (in each)

Salads and Greens

Simple Salads with 5 Ingredients


5 mins



Three Simple Salads that are perfect for busy people who still want to eat great, healthy food! There is nothing better than a salad that take minutes to make, and requires 5 ingredients!  All of these salads are gluten, and dairy free. The salads have a long “fridge life” so they can be made at the beginning of the week, and be eaten throughout your busy work-days I  (promise you, these salads are a lifesaver)!

What also makes these Simple Salads simple is the fact that the ingredients used in the recipes are accessible, and affordable!

Three Simple Salads that wont break the budget, but that are still healthy, nutritious, and rich in flavour. 


All you need is:

  • a few bowls
  • some cooking tools
  • and your hands (forks work too).

These Simple Salad recipes will help bring you back to basics with foods, and show you how minimalist recipes does not have to be a thing of the past; and that Less. Is. More. with food too!


These Simples salads are:

  • Summery
  • Simple
  • Healthy
  • Delicious
  • Staples
  • Gluten, Dairy and Sugar Free!

I really hope you all enjoy these recipes as much as we do!

Love From Your Greek Food Goddess XOX

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Salads with Less Than Five Ingredients

  • Author: Maria Koutsogiannis
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 5 mins
  • Yield: 1 1x
  • Category: Salads
  • Cuisine: Plant Based


  • Bean Salad:
  • 1 can of Cannellini Beans
  • Juice from one lemon
  • 3 tbsp EVOO
  • 4 tbsp hot sauce (I use franks)
  • Fresh thyme (as much as you like!)
  • Quinoa Salad:
  • 1 cup fresh tomatoes, diced
  • 3 cups cooked quinoa
  • Sauce:
  • 3 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • Juice from one lemon
  • 2 tbsp EVOO
  • Zucchini Salad:
  • 2 zucchini’s, spiralized
  • 1 cup of cucumber (cut into match sticks, I cut mine like I did for photo purposes)
  • 1/2 cup of fresh basil
  • 3 tbsp EVOO
  • Juice from one lemon
  • Each salad gets a generous seasoning with salt+pepper!


  1. Salad 1: Into a medium bowl combine all the ingredients, and stir very gently to avoid breaking the beans!
  2. Salad 2: Prepare you quinoa and let it cool.
  3. Prepare your tomatoes by cutting them, set aside.
  4. Into a large bowl add your sauce ingredients, and stir well till combined.
  5. Now add your quinoa, and tomatoes to the mix and using a large fork to stir and marry the salad.
  6. Salad 3: Prepare your veg by spiralizing the zucchini, cutting the cucumbers, and choosing your basil.
  7. Once you have that done, just simply add your veg, and two other ingredients into a mixing bowl and stir it up nice with your hands!
  8. Note: you can set your salads aside for a few minutes before serving, this helps the flavours get all yummy!


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