Oh sack lunches. Why must you be so difficult to plan and execute? The problem I have with packing lunches for work is I need variety. Oh, and it needs to be healthy. And taste good. And I need enough to eat because my bike commute leaves me starving every day. And it needs to be easily transportable. And relatively cheap. And give me cool super powers like flying or invisibility.
Needless to say, I expect a lot out of my lunches. The only way I can achieve all of these goals is by prepping all of my food on Sundays to give myself a chance to stick with it through the rest of the week. It requires a decent amount of planning at the beginning, as Aaron can attest, but it’s sooooo worth it throughout the week!
Lately, I’ve had a burning desire to eat more salads, because hey, it’s good for you, right? I could stand to eat more veggies in my day. However, my limited knowledge of salad making has often led to watery iceberg salads that wilt by the 2nd day that wasn’t even that good in the first place. My solemn mission is to try out a plethora of salad recipes for lunch, find and share what I love, and prove to myself that yes, I do like salads! Maybe if I can convince myself about salads, I can move onto liking running next.
Hahahaha. Just kidding. That’ll never happen.
First up is a tasty salad from my fave food blogger Shutterbean. I have recently become obsessed with Trader Joe’s (I know; it took me long enough!) mainly because it has a whole wall of reasonably priced nuts and dried fruits, as well as every different kind of lettuce known to man. And those veggie straws that are incredibly addicting. Gah, so many good things! Anywho, I found the ingredients for this salad so easily at my local Trader Joe’s, but maybe your local grocery store has cool things like broccoli slaw and roasted, unsalted sunflower seeds. If you do, I’m pretty jealous.
This salad has lots of great stars in it: kale (because I’m becoming one of THOSE kale people), broccoli slaw, shredded chicken, dried cranberries, red onion, and roasted sunflower seeds. Hoo yes, this one is a goodie.
I really love this salad because it’s a little different than your straight lettuce salad; the slaw mixed with the kale is super hearty and resilient when it comes to sitting in your fridge all week long. No wilting here, thanks! It’s also very filling and super fast to throw together. Let’s do this!
Broccoli Kale Slaw
Yield: 4 servings
1 12 oz. bag broccoli slaw
4 cups chopped kale (I like Tuscan kale because of its great texture. It also makes great kale chips!)
1/4 red onion, diced
1/3 cup dried cranberries
1/3 cup roasted sunflower seeds
1 1/3 cup rotisserie chicken, shredded
In a large bowl, toss together the broccoli slaw, kale, red onions, dried cranberries, sunflower seeds, and shredded chicken. Add a dressing right before serving.
For the dressing,I usually stick with Walden Farms calorie-free dressing, and I loved the Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette. If you’re not counting calories, feel free to try Shutterbean’s balsamic vinaigrette.
Happy salad eating! We can do it together!