BYOL: Garden Salad

by Natalie on November 20, 2013


Today is Bring Your Own Lunch (BYOL) Wednesday!

Packing a lunch for work is one of the easiest ways to transform your health. A big garden salad is a great option. It’s super healthy and easy to prepare.

A lunch like this doesn’t take long to make, but it does require a little bit of pre-planning. You can either make it the night before (just don’t add the dressing) or the morning of. I find that the night before is often the best way to pack a lunch, especially if it’s a salad. Some times my husband and I will prepare this lunch salad while we are making dinner. That way we only have to wash the knife and cutting board once.

If you like to take your planning skills to the next level, you could even prepare a bunch of salad stuff on a Sunday and pre-pack multiple tupperware containers.

You may think its boring, but my husband and I pretty much have the same lunch salad 4 to 5 times per week. The salad pictured in this post is what we usually make.

Here’s what we put in it:

  1. Lettuce. We buy organic, pre-washed Spring greens from Costco.
  2. Shaved organic carrots.
  3. Toasted nuts or sunflower seeds. *Toasted sunflower seeds are amazing!
  4. Kalamata olives.
  5. Protein source: either chickpeas, sardines, or hardboiled eggs. (pictured above is hardboiled eggs + 1 large sardine hiding in the corner)
  6. Homemade balsamic dressing. This is SO easy. I will share the recipe on a later post.

The key to a satisfying lunch salad is making sure you have a protein source and some nuts or seeds.  If you don’t add these two things, you will likely feel hungry 20 minutes later.

Other options for protein source include organic chicken, turkey, or cheese (though this is not the healthiest option). Occasionally we will roast a whole chicken, so we will often add that to the salad as our protein source.

You should always have a go-to option for lunch. Trust me – it will make your life way less complicated! You will always know what you need and when to prepare it.

Do you have a go-to lunch? If so, I’d love to hear about it. Leave a comment below!


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