Saturday, May 25, 2013
Salads are so convenient to take for lunch or any time you need to eat away from home and don't want to eat out. But lettuce gets so yucky if you put the dressing on before you leave home! Of course, you can carry the dressing with you, but that means another dish to wash and most of the dressing seems to stay in the container and anyway, other ingredients do the same thing to lettuce.
My solution is to make salads of veggies other than lettuce. Mostly celery and cauliflower, though, as Faith commented yesterday, you can make a great salad out of broccoli, too. Here are a few of my favorites. They carry well and are quick and easy to make, too.
Sliced celery, tuna, hardboiled egg, mayo. Cherry tomatoes cut in half are a nice addition, as are sunflower seeds. You can add some chopped cucumber and/or carrot, or a bit of sweetner if you like.
Ditto using chicken instead of tuna. Try it with sliced or slivered almonds instead of sunflower seeds, and I'd skip the cucumber.
Cauliflower, eggs, mayo, curry powder. Some sunflower seeds would be good in this, too. Or chopped nuts.
Ditto, using ranch dressing instead of the mayo and curry powder. Or any other dressing, I suppose.
Celery, chicken, mayo, lemon juice (optional), hoisin or terriyaki sauce. The hoisin and terriyaki are high in carbs, so use them sparingly. Or you can make your own sort of sauce from mayo, soy sauce, mustard, sweetner, and five spice powder and/or ginger.
Celery, cauliflower, diced pork, mayo, mustard.
Broccoli, onion, mayo, sweetner, and a meat such as cooked and crumbled bacon or sliced hot dogs or polish sausage or something like that. Watch the carbs on the processed meat. Add cheese, too, if you like. And/or sunflower seeds. (Thanks, Faith!)
Cabbage, onion, mayo, mustard, lemon juice (optional), sweetner (optional - use a bit if you use lemon juice), hardboiled egg and/or cheese and/or meat such as ham, bacon, diced hot dog or polish sausage. Again, sunflower seeds are good in this.
Greek Salad (for the summer when the veggies are cheap at the Farmers Market) - cucumber, bell pepper, tomatoes, a bit of onion (optional), olives (optional - ugh!, but good for you), olive oil, wine vinegar, feta cheese
Any kind of leftover meat, ground or chopped or diced (little pieces anyway, smaller than bite-size), with mayo and probably mustard. Maybe some dill pickle and a bit of sweetner. Possibly a tiny bit of onion. Think Chicken Salad Sandwich, or Tuna Salad Sandwich, or Egg Salad Sandwich. Just leave off the bread. You can put any of these in a celery salad, or just eat the meat salad without the extra veggies. Or take some celery sticks to use as scoops, or cucumber slices (but be sure to take some extra napkins) or maybe some lettuce leaves to use as wraps, though I always find these are really messy.
Or you can make up your own combination. Cauliflower, broccoli, cheese. Chicken, cauliflower, bacon. Whatever. Just use a "hard" veggie like cauliflower, celery or broccoli instead of something that wilts, like lettuce.