Lunch salads

11 Apr

I haven’t kept up with the Eat to Live diet strictly, but I did keep some of the habits since our last encounter in February. My favorite has been big lunch salads. Here are a couple from this week.

First is Wednesday’s, which I also ate on Tuesday:


Mixed greens topped with roasted sweet potato, black beans, and peanut sauce (peanut butter, hot sauce, rice vinegar, garlic, ginger, and hot water to thin). The salad kept me full through to dinner, which is the most important part, but it was also delicious! Peanut sauce and I have a longtime love affair, and sweet potatoes are my favorite pair for it.

Here’s today’s salad that I plan to repeat tomorrow, too:


Greens with roasted beets and black-eyed peas tossed in pesto vinaigrette (just a tablespoon of my kale pesto thinned with red wine vinegar). It’s only 1:40 now, so only time will tell if it tides me over as well as yesterday’s.

There are a million posts about building the perfect salad, so I’m not going to do one, too. And anyway, you can tell my method is pretty simple: greens with a good amount of another (often roasted) veggie, beans, and a flavorful dressing. That’s pretty much it. I’m planning more salads for next week (taco salad and another beet dish, though with different flavors). I will share those, too.

What’s your favorite thing to bring for lunch? Soups and salads are my preference. Both offer lots of veggies and nutrition, but neither make me sleepy. Anything too heavy makes me crave an afternoon nap!


4 Responses to “Lunch salads”

  1. Sheila April 11, 2013 at 5:57 pm #

    i love the idea of a peanutty salad dressing! sounds delicious : )

    • Brigid April 12, 2013 at 12:31 pm #

      It’s really delicious and flavorful! One of my favorites.

  2. Tammy April 12, 2013 at 6:56 am #

    I love the look of your salad. I also sort of fell off the Eat to Live wagon. Did you know that Clinton is doing it?

    • Brigid April 12, 2013 at 12:30 pm #

      For me, it’s less about falling off the wagon and more about knowing myself. I have trouble getting enough calories if I don’t use a little more fat. Also, I’ve been eating eggs every week. I think I deprived my body of B12 for too long (ran out of my supplement). We still do tons of veggies and beans, though! And that’s neat about Clinton. It’s a great plan!

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