My Favorite Lunch

by Megan on February 26, 2015

My favorite lunch! // take a megabite

Ok, so the other day I was asked, “What are you doing to take care of yourself?” And I was all, “Oh, ya know, I wake up a little bit early and make oatmeal for breakfast, coffee in my french press, and prep a salad in a jar for lunch.”

In the summer, it made me really happy to get home from work, put a beer in my purse, bring Elliot out and have that minute to myself in the sun. Right now, this winter, these mornings, it’s that lil bit of time in the morning where I get my meals in order and sip out of vacation mugs and set my gold timer for oatmeal and coffee.

My favorite dressing! // take a megabite

I’m a pro other-stuff in my salad than lettuce girl so I keep the extras on point and the greens to a minimum. Adding an entire avocado feels like an edible high-five, and if I’m feeling really crazy (in a good way) I might sip a kombucha along with it.

I just want you to know that this salad in a jar thing is kinda magic. It’s a little method of self-care even, maybe? For me anyway! And on top of it all, it’s just really tasty.

So take care of yourself! And if making this salad the night before work, or even in the morning for lunch makes you feel like you’re living right, then do it! It’s my favorite lunch at the moment, and you know lunch is the best thing ever besides breakfast and dinner so it means something!

My favorite lunch! // take a megabite

My Favorite Stacked Salad Lunch (makes 1)
Recipe adapted from my favorite funfetti salad

dressing –

  • 1/4 t honey
  • 2 T champagne vinegar
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1/4 t sriracha
  • 1/4 t grainy mustard
  • 1 t capers
  • salt + pepper

salad –

  • 1/3 cup chick peas, kidney beans or any bean, drained and rinsed
  • cherry tomatoes
  • slivered almonds
  • cucumbers
  • greens
  • 1 avocado

Directions:

  1. Whisk the dressing ingredients in the bottom of a pint jar. Layer beans, tomatoes, almonds, cucumbers and greens. Top with a lid and pop in the fridge.
  2. To serve, dump out on a plate. Cut up 1 avocado and add it to the mix. Enjoy!!

Please note: This dressing can be adapted to whatever you love. Add garlic, if you want! Use lemon juice instead of vinegar. Swap out the honey for a pinch of sugar to make it vegan. As far as the salad goes, live your life! Add a boiled egg, grilled chicken, or a hunk of feta. Use radish slices or add hummus, or quinoa. The main rule is just to put the greens on top and the things that won’t get soggy on the bottom: beans, nuts, grains, etc… NBD, though. You got this.

Yay! Click here for a printable pdf of the recipe above.

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Caitlin February 26, 2015 at 8:22 pm

This looks magnificent! It has so many of my favorite ingredients. I don’t have great success with homemade dressings, though. Does the oil and the vinegar not separate from each other at the bottom of the jar by the time you get around to eating it, or does a shake of the jar take care of any separation problems?

Can’t wait to try it!

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Megan February 26, 2015 at 8:48 pm

Oh! Give this one a shot! I bet it’ll work great for you. And nope, it totally doesn’t separate. <3

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Meagan February 26, 2015 at 9:51 pm

Wow! This looks so delicious and simple! And I mean simple as a huge compliment!!! I have a toddler and another on the way so make ahead, simple, delicious lunches are what I need!

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Amy | Club Narwhal February 27, 2015 at 11:50 am

Love this! I have trouble on the lunch front but putting it in a jar should def help lots 🙂 Especially if avocado is involved!

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Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking February 27, 2015 at 4:48 pm

Those chick peas in the capery spicy dressing is worth making this alone!!! Lovely. Avocado high fives for everybody!

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Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar February 27, 2015 at 7:01 pm

I can definitely see why this is your fav. It looks perfect!

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Kiran @ KiranTarun.com February 28, 2015 at 1:42 pm

Love salads in the jar. This looks yum!

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mum March 1, 2015 at 7:52 pm

I am SOOOO glad you finally wrote this up….we have chatted about it and now I can see it take shape…it is…magically delish!

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Amy @ Thoroughly Nourished Life March 1, 2015 at 11:54 pm

I love, love, love taking a little bit of time to make something delicious to have for lunch at work. It makes the day seem a little more personable when you have something you can enjoy even if it is eaten while huddled in your cubicle. I love your salad in a jar idea, and that dressing sounds super tasty 🙂

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