Pack the Perfect Salad
By Sara Butler
If you’re looking for a way to easily work more vegetables into your day, then a salad should be on your lunch menu! The problem is that packing the perfect salad can be a bit of an art form. To keep everything fresh and crispy, you need to do a few things in preparation. Here are some tips to help you pack the perfect salad so those nutrients can help you through your long workday!
Make a Plan
The best way to ensure your salad is still tasty by the time lunchtime rolls around? Well, it takes some planning in order to set yourself up for salad success.
Go to the store and get your favorite salad ingredients, then chop them up all at once. Store the prepped ingredients in your refrigerator separately for the week ahead. That way, you can simply throw them together before you leave for work in the morning.
You can also pack your salad up the night before if you have an early morning planned. Try portioning out your ingredients ahead of time into different containers for each day of the week, then just grab a container in the morning and go.
How to Keep it Crispy
Nothing is worse than soggy salad vegetables. To prevent this from happening, store your salad dressing separately, cheese, croutons, and other toppings in small baggies that fit into your container. Then you can dump everything together when you’re ready to eat and they’ll be fresh and tasty.
Don’t forget about food safety. Make sure to keep your salad ingredients in the refrigerator until it’s time to eat them. If you don’t have a refrigerator at work, then pack a lunch bag with an ice bag to keep everything at about 40 degrees Fahrenheit or below.
Don’t Eat at Your Desk
When lunchtime rolls around, no matter what you have on the menu, don’t eat at your desk. Instead, take the time to properly enjoy your food and get a true break from work. This will help you feel fuller faster and help you come back to your desk with a fresh perspective for the afternoon.
Don’t Get Stuck in a Rut
Food ruts are easy to fall into, but you can add variety to your salad greens. Rotate in different toppings such as fruits and nuts. Use your favorite foods to inspire a salad too. You can make a taco salad or a pizza-inspired salad. Add different sources of protein and you can keep from having the same thing day in and day out.
Salads make a great meal, but they’ll be more appealing to eat if you can perfect your packing!
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