17 June, 2022

Set Up a Salad Bar at Home

I’ve been talking about how much I am enjoying eating salads these days, they are the perfect meal for these super hot days. Plus really easy to put together! I started making them randomly by just tossing whatever I had handy in a bowl. Confession: this was pretty much sheer laziness, I just wanted to prepare lunch as quickly as possible.

A couple weeks ago while meal planning for the week I came across this recipe for an orzo chicken salad.

It’s made with shredded chicken, orzo, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, red peppers, arugula, basil, parmesan, and a garlicky vinaigrette. I knew we would all love it, but since I am avoiding carbs, and my son won’t eat anything green, I decided to serve it deconstructed, so each of us could make individual salads. It was a complete hit! So this week, when meal planning I started from that concept, and we have done salad bar dinners every night.

At the start of the week I made shredded chicken and shredded pork using my InstantPot. Then I prepped the following:

  • cherry tomatoes
  • avocado
  • green onions
  • red onion
  • red pepper
  • arugula
  • spring greens
  • sweet corn
  • pasta
  • cucumber
  • cilantro

We stuck with the dressing from the original recipe which seems to go with everything.

Dinner this week has been uncomplicated, and delicious! Everyone builds a salad with the ingredients they are in the mood for. We’re currently experiencing a heat wave, so it was just perfect to have this laid back approach, plus a cold, delicious, and filling meal.

If you need a break form all the cooking, I highly recommend doing this! It takes a bit of time to set up at the start, but it’s completely worth it!