Salads are a great option for lunch, but lettuce leaves, cucumber and tomato day after day can get boring and alone don’t give you all the nutrients and calories you need. We have looked at how to mix things up so your lunch will be full of the protein and goodness you need to keep hunger, and bugs, at bay.
Vine tomatoes, cucumber, red onion, avocado and feta topped with black olives, makes a quick Greek salad. Serve with a toasted, whole-wheat pitta and you have a filling, yet healthy lunch to be proud of.
This healthy salad is loaded with protein-packed stars like edamame beans and chickpeas, so is perfect if you are heading to the gym after work. Add some avocado and shallots to your leaves and slice beef tomatoes and red peppers and you will be smiling until you put on those trainers.
The Spinach One
Take a bag of baby spinach, some raspberries and strawberries, add a sprinkle of almonds, two sliced carrots, half an avocado plus some shredded chicken breast and you are good to go. This is a great lunch that will fill you up and give you a blast of key vitamins that will keep those colds away, and if you add an apple and a cup of green tea into the mix later in the afternoon, even better.
The Classic Salad Nicoise
This dish isn’t just for nights out at Pizza Express. Adding a sliced hard-boiled egg, anchovies, tuna, and black olives to some super fresh, crunchy iceberg lettuce and enjoying with a light dressing, makes a great lunch option that you might want to have at tea time too.
It’s a Wrap
If you fancy some carbs at lunchtime, wraps are a pretty good choice. Adding tuna, hummus, chicken or falafels to rocket, red onion, avocado, and sliced tomatoes, gives you a filling, but not bloating option that is still full of goodness and vitamins. Don’t forget the napkins for these, as things can get messy!
Let There be Lentils
For a quick, nutritious lunch that’s full of earthy flavours, throw together beetroot, feta, and coriander with some lentils? Yes, it takes a little longer to prepare, as you need to cook the lentils, but those extra 20 minutes are so worth it if it means you can enjoy a restaurant-style lunch at your desk the next day.
Pack the Pasta
Whether it is fresh or dried, gluten-free or whole wheat, pasta can be a part of a fantastic pack up. Cook the night before, then mix with some Italian leaves, cherry tomatoes, shredded organic chicken and some sliced peppers and avocado and you will have a lunch that will make the envy of the office.
Got a go-to lunchtime salad you love – why not let us know about it, we would love some more ideas.