In the spirit of my new focus on Bento for Weight Loss, I decided to do a round-up of past posts to spotlight some of my favorite salad bentos. I think I make salads more than anything else for lunch – they’re filling, full of nutrients, and it’s easy to keep the calories low with a big salad for lunch .
So here they are, in no particular order – My Best Salad Bentos:
In order to make salads in a flash and get them packed up for lunch, I rely heavily on my trusty Personal Salad Bar. I can cut a bunch of veggies all at once with my cute cutters and store them in my Salad Bar to use throughout the week. My whole family eats loads of veggies since I started doing this last June! Here’s the link to that post: How To Make a Salad Bar.
Here’s a post from last September where I show how to make veggies look like fall leaves. But the real star of this post is my recipe for Apple Cider Salad Dressing. My husband and daughter-in-law have voted this their favorite dressing – and I have to agree 🙂 Click on the link to read more: How To Make Fall Leaves from Carrots, and a Recipe.
Here’s another recipe, for Ginger/Sesame Dressing, which I always put on my Mandarin Chicken Salad – which is one of my favorite salads since it comes together so quickly with ingredients I usually have on hand. Read more about it here: Mandarin Chicken Salad with Ginger/Sesame Dressing.
This next post contains one of my 4 recipes that was selected to be in the Cooking With Trader Joe’s: Easy Lunch Boxes cookbook. You can read more about our cookbook here, and here’s the original post: Greek Salad.
Here’s another recipe – one I turn to frequently, since it’s easily made from leftovers and my salad bar: Walnut Chicken Salad with Cranberries.
The last of my salad posts that contains a recipe is this one – Salad Bento, and recipe for Tomatillo Dressing. I’m pretty sure my husband would say this is his second favorite dressing recipe : )
Next, I’ll show you some salad posts that were just fun – to make, and to eat!
Here’s one I made for “National Food on a Stick Day” just for fun. I know it’s a little “bacon-heavy” for a low cal salad, but it could easily be made lower in calories by replacing two of the bacon slices with cucumber chunks. Here’s Chef Salad on a Stick.
A great summer salad bento is my Daisy and Ladybug Salad topped with low fat cheese and tomatoes.
While we’re on the subject of the very versatile Chef Salad, here’s another version – one that I put together very quickly when I woke up one school day and found that we were out of bread to pack sandwiches for my boys’ lunches : Weekly Food Prep Saves the Day!
A taco salad is an easy lunch to make with leftover taco filling from dinner the night before. It can be lean beef, chicken, turkey breast, or vegetarian – beans make a great taco salad! Taco Salad in the Round.
Sometimes the simplest ideas are the tastiest – like with my impromptu Southwest Chicken Salad.
Often it’s presentation that makes the difference. It doesn’t have to be fancy or complicated at all. Arranging simple fruits and vegetables in a pleasing design, and adding just a few bento accesories makes a boring salad look pretty! Check it out- Soup and Rainbow Salad
There you have it! Now you have at least 13 ideas for packing yourself nutritious salads for lunch. I hope you’ll join me in eating a rainbow of healthy foods today!