When the weather begins to warm up I start craving lighter foods like smoothies and salads. In the winter I love hearty dishes and comfort food. But when flowers start to bloom I'm ready for lighter fare. Salad becomes a lunchtime staple but I often get stuck in a 'salad rut', choosing the same ingredients each time. So, in order to change things up a bit, I made an easy chart that gives me some great options to add some variety to my daily meal.
It's very easy to create a meal-sized salad with the addition of a good source of protein and a little bit of fat. Using the chart below, pile your plate with greens and other vegetable and fruit options. Add some protein and perhaps something crunchy and dress it with your favorite salad dressing or a light vinaigrette.
You could also put the salad in a jar if you want to take it on the go (check out the collection of resources below for great salad in a jar options!). Put the salad dressing in the bottom of a 1-quart canning jar or use the lunchbox adapter linked below. Add your hardier vegetables and add-ins (ingredients that would do well 'marinating' in the dressing), layer on your protein, fill the jar with greens and sprinkles something crunchy on top. You can also package the protein and crunchy ingredients separately if you need to.