Wednesday, April 17, 2013
the ideal lunch
I feel like I am not alone in trying to find the perfect lunch. I hear from so many people that they never know what to pack so they eat out or they don't know what to cook so they just end up snacking through lunch. I try different things all the time but it is hard to find a simple and filling lunch. As much as I love a delicious sandwich I seem to fill up on bread and not fruits and veggies and I'm always trying to avoid gluten. Salads tend to be my go-to meal but to find the perfect salad is tough. To stay full you need more protein and fiber than just spinach and dressing so making the salad hearty is key. I came across this salad recipe and knew I needed to give it a shot and I was not the least bit disappointed.
The salad features cruciferous veggies like broccoli and celery and high protein ingredients like chickpeas, avocado and and a miso/yogurt based dressing. I typically have most of these ingredients on hand so it makes it an easy salad to throw together and the dressing really could make any veggies delicious.
An Ideal Lunch Salad
Adapted from 101 Cookbooks
3 celery stalks, thinly sliced
1 cup chickpeas, drained and rinsed
3 handfuls greens (arugula and/or romaine would be great)
1/3 cup toasted nuts (anything you have on hand from pepitas to almonds to walnuts)
15 black olives, chopped
1/2 onion (I had a vidalia on hand but red would be great too)
1 small head of broccoli florets, blanched
1 avocado, sliced
1 medium clove garlic, smashed
1 T white miso
1 T mirin
1 T brown rice vinegar
1/2 cup plain yogurt
1. In a large bowl combine the celery, chickpeas, nuts, olives, onion, greens and broccoli.
2. Smash the garlic into a paste with a knife or mortar and pestle. Stir in the miso and then add the mirin, vinegar and combine. Add the yogurt and stir again.
3. Add the dressing to the mixture starting with half and then add more as needed. Top with the avocado and serve!