We’ve all been taught about the importance of eating our fruits and veggies ever since we were kids. But if you want to get the most out of your greens, you should be careful about how you prepare them. Squeezing in a fresh salad in your daily routine can be one of the best diet decisions you’ll ever make, as eating your veggies raw means you'll get more of the sensitive vitamins and minerals that might be lost in cooking processes like sautéing and boiling. Nutritional benefits aside, they’re also yummy and ridiculously easy to prepare (virtually no cooking skills required!), making it a no-brainer option for your vegetable fix.

But the thing is, salads aren’t really associated with the word “cheap” as some ingredients, like olive oil and even lettuce, can be a bit pricey. But the nice thing about eating salads is that it’s super customizable—there’s a wide array of produce out there to suit every taste and budget. Read on for five affordable salad ingredients you should stock up on, stat!

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