Salad of the Week

28 Feb

Wednesday night dinners are spent on campus with our sorority sisters for family dinners. Since we do not have a meal plan we pack a dinner so we are still able to eat with everyone and don’t have to pay to eat in the cafeteria. Let’s be honest, $8.50 for dinner is ridiculous. We try to get creative with our Wednesday night dinner choices but they have to be pretty portable since we do not have access to a microwave. Last week we decided to make salads in a jar. These were prepared a few days in advance and we simply just grabbled them from the fridge a few minutes before leaving and added a little more soy sauce to the top. These would be perfect to make ahead for lunches during the week. This jar was asian inspired but the possible combinations are endless. You could add anything to the basic ingredients which are 1 cup of spinach and 1/2 cup of cooked quinoa. The recipe below is for one jar but you could make a huge batch of quinoa and prepare multiple jars at a time.

1/4 cup of cooked red quinoa
1/4 cup of cooked white quinoa
4 oz. of chicken breast (could also use tofu, beans, etc.)
1 carrot, julienned
1 serving of sugar snap peas

Dressing Ingredients:
1 teaspoon of PB2 (could also use regular peanut butter)
1 teaspoon of soy sauce
1 teaspoon of water
1 teaspoon of chai seeds (optional)

Assembly Directions:
1. In the bottom of a mason jar mix dressing ingredients together. If dressing appears to thick you can add additional water or soy sauce depending on your preference.
2. Once dressing is mixed together, add cooked quinoa to jar and mix thoroughly with dressing.
3. On top of the quinoa tightly pack spinach followed by the julienned carrot and sugar snap peas.
4. Slice the chicken breast into bite sized pieces and place on top of vegetables. Right before eating we added an additional teaspoon of soy sauce to give the salad more flavor. The contents can be eaten right out of the jar or heated in the microwave depending on your preference.

We opted to eat this cold and it was fabulous! Everyone kept asking what we were eating, we think they were definitely a little jealous of our dinner choice for the evening. We’re sure if you bring one of these to work with you people will definitely be a little jealous.


2 Responses to “Salad of the Week”

  1. A Runnaroundd Life February 28, 2013 at 2:59 pm #

    I love this idea! I’ve seen it done before but never tried it. And I definitely love the recipe. Thanks for sharing! PS *NEW READER* Love your blog 🙂

    • doubletakelove February 28, 2013 at 3:35 pm #

      So glad to have gained a new reader! You will definitely have to try this recipe sometime soon! It is such an easy to-go lunch!

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