Do you think it’s strange that I still “pack” my lunch for the next day, even though I work from home? It might be, but I do. Since most evenings after dinner, Jeff packs his lunch to take to work the next day, I just go ahead and pack mine then as well. That way I can just grab it, scarf it down, and keep working when lunch rolls around. Yeah, no leisurely meal-and-siesta here.
While I’ll always be a big fan of salad jars, I also frequently prepare fridge salad kits. On Sundays, I decide on a salad “theme” (southwestern, Caesar, Cobb, etc.), clear out a shelf in my fridge, grab a baking pan and a bunch of containers, and prep all sorts of ingredients for salads that week. I don’t worry too much about making sure I have fancy containers or anything like that – I re-use deli containers for many ingredients, small mason jars for others, and a big ziploc bag for washed and cut salad greens.
Depending on the ingredients you’re using for your salads and how far in advance you’ll be making them, sometimes this system just works better than the jar system. Unlike with salad jars, each ingredient stays separate until it comes time to pack the next day’s lunch. This makes each salad fully customizable. For MY bowl of Chicken Gyro Salad, I would load up with a ton of beets, while in Jeff’s lunch, there’s probably more chicken!
In both bowls, you’re sure to find plenty of yogurt dressing and cow’s milk feta, produced by Michigan’s hardworking dairy farm families. Cheese and yogurt are packed with nutrition – they are both excellent sources of protein, so these salads keep us full all afternoon!
So go ahead – grab a tray and load it up with salad ingredients. When it comes time to pack your lunch, get a bowl with a lid and get the tray out of the fridge. Just sprinkle a little bit of each ingredient into your bowl – you don’t even need spoons or anything. Just sprinkle! I generally keep the yogurt dressing in a smaller ramekin with a lid on the side, then pour it over right before I eat my salad.
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