The Summer Rotisserie Chicken Salad That We Can’t Stop Making!

This rotisserie chicken salad may be my favorite greens salad ever! Loaded with flavor and crunch and drizzled with hot bacon dressing, it’s a serious dream. Super satisfying and lots of sweet & savory in this bowl! I’ve got dinner tonight! Remember a few weeks ago when I told you I made two incredible chicken […]

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This rotisserie chicken salad may be my favorite greens salad ever! Loaded with flavor and crunch and drizzled with hot bacon dressing, it’s a serious dream. Super satisfying and lots of sweet & savory in this bowl!

I’ve got dinner tonight!

our favorite rotisserie chicken salad

Remember a few weeks ago when I told you I made two incredible chicken salads to serve this summer?! The first was my grilled chicken blueberry salad. The second is this one! 

It.is.a.dream. 

I realize that it may not look like anything special, but it’s the combination of ingredients that makes this one flavor bomb salad. I could eat it every single day.

our favorite rotisserie chicken salad

In fact, I can’t even explain my obsession with this salad. The flavors! 

The FLAVORS!

We have crunchy things, sweet things, savory things, creamy things. You can’t go wrong!

A few months ago, one of my friends came over for lunch and we had plans to get take out, but she showed up with this amazing salad that she made. I mean, it was the best salad I had in ages. SO SO GOOD.

And you know how salads in restaurants always tend to taste better than salads you make at home? This here is an exception. It’s phenomenal. It’s restaurant worthy. 

our favorite rotisserie chicken salad ingredients

Oh, and of course, it has hot bacon dressing. I MEAN. We can probably attribute most of the deliciousness to that. 

I’ve loved hot bacon dressing long before I loved salads. Totally makes sense. But as I’ve rambled before, hot bacon dressing was mother lovett’s favorite – and it is my mom’s too – and even as kid, when I loathed vegetables I would order a salad with hot bacon dressing.

YES. 

Not saying I would eat entire said salad, but that hot bacon dressing would certainly make me eat a few green leaves. More than I was used to!

our favorite rotisserie chicken salad

Okay let’s get to it.

Here’s what you need!

First up, we have our spring greens. You can use whatever lettuce or greens you like best. I love a good spring mix! Be sure to toss the greens with a big pinch of salt and pepper.

Next, rotisserie chicken. This is why it’s so super easy. Just buy it, because we’re making some other fancy things for this salad. Get one fresh, pull it apart and chop it into cubes. It’s warm and ready to go. Now of course, you could always grill your own chicken. If you want to do that, I suggest making it like I do for this grilled chicken blueberry salad.

our favorite rotisserie chicken salad

Grilled corn is next! Corn is key – so use it however you’d like. A steamfresh bag, grilled like I did or even cut fresh from the cob (it’s so sweet and crisp!). 

I use pickled onions, which are something that I always have in the fridge. The truly do elevate every day meals. Also, dates! I love dates (but hate when they are used in desserts, claiming to taste like cookie dough, you feel me?) and they give the best shock of sweet here against the savory flavors.

Finally, goat cheese and avocado. For creamy, buttery tang. Use another cheese if you’re not into goat! Leave the avocado out if you want to make this ahead of time. No biggie.

our favorite rotisserie chicken salad

This salad is inspired by one from a local restaurant, and there’s only one part I left off. It may be the best part, but it’s also a little high maintenance.

Traditionally, this is served with cornbread croutons. I’ve made those before and we love them. You could also just make classic cornbread to serve on the side, which is what my friend did when she brought it over. It was perfect. 

our favorite rotisserie chicken salad

We absolutely LOVE this salad for lunch or dinner. It’s not exactly simple and it’s not a fancy theme, but all of the ingredients together are just wonderful. They make such an impact and the dish is incredibly satisfying. You will not be disappointed!  (more…)

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Summer Stone Fruit Caprese with Basil Vinaigrette.

This stone fruit caprese is sponsored by ALDI. It’s stone fruit season and I could not be more excited! Bring on all the wonderful, juicy fruits! Starting with this summer stone fruit caprese salad. It’s such a fun twist on classic caprese and will be your new favorite dish for summer entertaining. Plus, it’s a […]

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This stone fruit caprese is sponsored by ALDI.

It’s stone fruit season and I could not be more excited! Bring on all the wonderful, juicy fruits!

summer stone fruit caprese

Starting with this summer stone fruit caprese salad. It’s such a fun twist on classic caprese and will be your new favorite dish for summer entertaining. Plus, it’s a recipe that doesn’t require turning on your oven in the summer heat. And it will come together in minutes.

Cue all the exclamation points! That’s a win for everyone. 

fresh mozzarella and basil

Today I’m partnering with ALDI again to bring you this delicious stone fruit caprese salad! When I say that ALDI has an incredible, affordable selection of super high-quality summer produce… I’m not kidding. Look at these beauties!

The cherries are absolutely fabulous, we have been going through them like crazy. The peaches and nectarines are a dream too!

basil vinaigrette

Just walking through ALDI inspired me to make this stone fruit caprese because the produce was fantastic. They are my go-to store for stunning seasonal eats. 

We are such seasonal eaters and I love having a unique recipe on hand that on takes a few minutes. Classic caprese – tomatoes, mozzarella and basil – is obviously a staple in the summer for us. But this stone fruit version is such a fun twist on the salad and something you can throw together in no time at all! 

Yum.

fresh cherries

For the base of this caprese, I started with the Emporium Selection Fresh Mozzarella Balls. ALDI also has these in a pre-sliced version, as well as marinated mini mozzarella balls for ease! This is one of those recipes where you can make it your own and use whatever variety of fresh mozzarella you love. 

summer stone fruit caprese

Then, on to our stone fruit. I went with fresh peaches, nectarines and cherries. As we dive later into summer, you can add on delicious fruits like plums too! The stone fruit is juicy and flavorful and the perfect complement to the soft fresh mozzarella. 

summer stone fruit caprese with basil vinaigrette

My favorite part? I used the Specially Selected Extra Virgin Olive Oil and lots of fresh basil to make my basil vinaigrette. I could drink this vinaigrette – it is a DREAM! Not only is it vibrant and gorgeous in color, it tastes wonderful. You won’t be able to get enough. It’s great on this stone fruit caprese, but also will become a summer staple for you. Use it on traditional caprese salads, on salads at dinner, for bread-dipping, for drizzling on roasted vegetables – the options are endless.  (more…)

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Layered Grilled Chicken Caprese Pasta Salad.

This grilled chicken caprese pasta salad is a summer dream! Layer your salad or toss it together, drizzle with balsamic vinaigrette and serve! Marinated grilled chicken, juicy tomatoes, rich mozzarella and fresh basil. It’s incredible. I’m getting all the summer vibes from this chicken caprese pasta salad! This pasta salad makes me so happy! It […]

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This grilled chicken caprese pasta salad is a summer dream! Layer your salad or toss it together, drizzle with balsamic vinaigrette and serve! Marinated grilled chicken, juicy tomatoes, rich mozzarella and fresh basil. It’s incredible.

I’m getting all the summer vibes from this chicken caprese pasta salad!

grilled chicken caprese pasta salad

This pasta salad makes me so happy! It can be the side dish at your BBQ, even a main or dish dish for dinner tonight. It could even be lunch! You can prep it ahead of time or make it 30 minutes before serving. It really can’t be beat.

layered grilled chicken caprese pasta salad

Um, okay, who else is getting Friends trifle vibes from the photos of this layered pasta salad? Ha!

I can assure you that this is nothing like Rachel’s layered shepherd’s pie and cake trifle recipe. Promise. 

I do love the idea of a layered pasta salad though! You can layer it all up, it looks fun and pretty to serve, then just toss it right before serving. Or let others toss it as they serve themselves. Absolutely perfect. 

Whatever you want to do!

grilled chicken

I’ve been making regular old caprese pasta salads for years. I’ve always shared them on instagram, but never here because they are just so simple. When I decided to do some balsamic chicken, I KNEW it was a recipe I needed to share in time for summer. This is perfect for Memorial Day weekend or even dinner tonight. It’s one of those versatile dishes that is just so delicious.

You can also make is ahead of time!

chopped grilled chicken

First up, the easiest balsamic chicken.

I like to marinate and grill the chicken. You can even do this a few days ahead – or use leftover grilled chicken too. It’s so simple. Whether you’re planning ahead of time or flying by the seat of your pants, you can get the chicken made quickly.

tomatoes and fresh basil

The rest is fairly easy – think your favorite caprese, but in pasta salad form! 

So we have fresh mozzarella. I like to use the fresh mozzarella balls (especially if they are marinated!) but you can also buy a log of it and chop it up. 

Then grape or cherry tomatoes. You know these will only get better as the season goes on.

Lots of fresh basil. 

pasta and fresh basil with dressing

And then your favorite pasta! I always get questions about this squiggly one I use. It’s the spirali from delallo and definitely my favorite for pasta salads.

pouring dressing on grilled chicken caprese pasta salad

For the dressing, I love to use a version of a balsamic vinaigrette. Mostly because everything can hang out and marinate in it overnight and it’s still absolutely fantastic. 

Of course, it’s also a classic dressing for caprese and one that just can’t go wrong. The flavors mesh well together and everything gets a chance to shine. (more…)

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Strawberry Crunch Salad with Champagne Vinaigrette.

Say hello to the most delicious summery strawberry salad! This strawberry crunch salad is going to be theeeee most made salad in my kitchen this year. I think. I mean, I have a lot of salads that I love, and even more coming to you this season. But if you’re a strawberry freak like I […]

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Say hello to the most delicious summery strawberry salad!

strawberry crunch salad with champagne vinaigrette

This strawberry crunch salad is going to be theeeee most made salad in my kitchen this year. I think. I mean, I have a lot of salads that I love, and even more coming to you this season. But if you’re a strawberry freak like I am, you will adorrrrreee this bowl. 

It’s fresh, savory, creamy and crunchy. Ideal for what I require in a salad!

strawberries

Remember my blueberry (crunch) salad that I shared last year? It was such a huge hit all summer and I knew I had to make a strawberry salad version. Where that one is a bit simpler, this one has more substance and could totally be a lunch salad because it’s incredibly satisfying.

On the same note, it’s still a salad that you could serve as a starter to dinner. It definitely works! 

strawberry crunch salad

If I’ve rambled about anything (everything?) on this blog, it’s that I.love.texture. Not even that I love texture, but I NEED texture. Especially in my salads. I can’t tell you how often I google “crunchy things for salads” when throwing together a house salad for dinner. It’s imperative for my mental and emotional and physical eating state.

Very important, clearly.

strawberry crunch salad with champagne vinaigrette

So because of that, I like to use two varieties of nuts here. First, we’re making the sugared almonds from the blueberry salad because they are so fantastic. I highly suggest you don’t leave these out. They MAKE the dish. And they are easy too. You have to keep an eye on them but you can also prep them ahead of time. You can see me make them on instagram today!

Then on the flip side, I like to use roasted, salted pistachios. A sweet nut and a savory nut. Pistachios are one of my favorites – so buttery and rich. Having both nuts in the salad adds such a wonderful layer of crunch and flavor.

strawberry crunch salad with champagne vinaigrette

Next, the creamy avocado and goat cheese! I love using both of these too – the avocado is mild and the goat cheese is tangy. You can also sub in feta or leave out the cheese entirely if you don’t like goat. 

I love how the goat cheese melts into the whole salad when it’s tossed. It’s always my favorite part of goat cheese in a salad!

strawberry crunch salad with champagne vinaigrette

Finally, the strawberries!

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Roasted Broccoli Pimento Cheddar Melts.

These roasted broccoli pimento cheese melts are a lovely little lunch or snack! Toasted sourdough, melty pimento cheese and charred broccoli come together to make the most perfect cheesy, crunchy toast. We love them! These pimento cheese melts are the way to my heart!  They are embarrassingly easy and incredibly delicious. So simple, yet pack […]

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These roasted broccoli pimento cheese melts are a lovely little lunch or snack! Toasted sourdough, melty pimento cheese and charred broccoli come together to make the most perfect cheesy, crunchy toast. We love them!

These pimento cheese melts are the way to my heart! 

roasted broccoli pimento cheese melts

They are embarrassingly easy and incredibly delicious. So simple, yet pack a big punch.

A big lunch punch?!

Okay I’ll stop. They must find their way into your kitchen this week!

broccoli ready to roast

Last week, I promised you something fantastic with that pimento cheese recipe. And here is number one. A toasty sourdough, charred broccoli, melty, cheesy toast that will brighten your day. It can be a toast or even a crostini bite on little baguette slices. 

pimento cheese

If you find yourself with a plethora of pimento cheese… you have got to use it to make these wonderful melts! Sure, I’ve made pimento cheese grilled cheese before. And it’s super good. Very decadent and melty and wonderful. 

But if you want something slightly simpler and if you want to incorporate a little of that classic broccoli cheddar flavor, this melt will be your new BFF.

Make it into a sandwich, keep it open-faced – whatever you desire!

roasted broccoli pimento cheese melts out of the oven

It’s no secret what a fan of roasted broccoli we are in this house. I’ll spare you the ramble of “I just don’t know how it’s possible….” considering I loathed the sight of broccoli a few years ago. But it’s such a staple for us now – and if there is cheddar or any form of cheese involved?

HELLO I am so there.

roasted broccoli pimento cheese melts

First, we have all sorts of delish flavor going on here. Charred, roasted broccoli. Chewy yet toasted sourdough. All the savory, salty cheesy goodness. It’s a combination that cannot be beat.

Next, we have tons of texture too. The toast! The roasted broccoli! And the the gooey melty cheese. 

It’s an actual treat for your tastebuds.

roasted broccoli pimento cheese melts

As simple as it may be, it’s such a satisfying little meal. Pair it with a good greens salad or even an extra side of roasted broccoli. It’s filling, tastes wonderful and so super easy to throw together. (more…)

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Avocado Chicken Salad with Chipotle and Lime. AKA, What To Make For Lunch Today!

Avocado chicken salad is on tap for today!  I’m still on a mission to arm myself with as many delicious lunches that I can! Bonus points if they are make-ahead and ready in the fridge for me when I’m starving come noon. Pass all the crunchy crackers, please. This avocado chicken salad is another great […]

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Avocado chicken salad is on tap for today! 

avocado chicken salad with crackers

I’m still on a mission to arm myself with as many delicious lunches that I can! Bonus points if they are make-ahead and ready in the fridge for me when I’m starving come noon.

Pass all the crunchy crackers, please.

chicken, scallions, yogurt, mayo, chipotle peppers, lime

This avocado chicken salad is another great option to have during the week. Of course, you could eat it for breakfast or dinner too. You do you.

I just love it for lunch. 

Speaking of lunch, are you still working at home right now or heading back to the office? I love this recipe for both situations: it lasts, you can throw it together the night before and it’s basically a pantry meal if you grab a rotisserie chicken and a bag of pita chips. 

chipotle lime chicken salad base

Now, I have made chicken and egg salad with the avocado as a binder in the past. Like, mash it up and use it with the wet ingredients to bring everything together. I really love that too, it just doesn’t last as long in the fridge. 

Chicken salad is one of those dishes I like to prep ahead so I have it for a few days. My current favorite way to enjoy it is on super crunchy crackers. So if it’s prepped ahead, I know it’s in the fridge and makes for a wonderful snack or lunch. 

avocado chicken salad

This is another version of that, and it may just be my favorite one yet. I used the base for my summer chicken salad (aka, the best one ever) and instead of using lemon, used lime. And some diced chipotle peppers in adobo sauce. This adds the perfect amount of spice, especially if you have it with tortilla chips or crackers!

I like to make that base above and store it in the fridge. Much like my make-ahead marinated chickpeas. This is our base! But then…

avocado chicken salad with crackers and pickled onions

Go ahead and add a few more delicious things.

Or, at least one more delicious thing.

(more…)

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Make-Ahead Marinated Mediterranean Chickpeas.

My marinated mediterranean chickpeas are your new lunchtime BFF. Marinated chickpeas are one of my favorite things to prep ahead of time. They are so easy and taste fantastic (!!!) from the fridge. And they are so incredibly versatile. You can do all the things with them! Salads, bowls, wraps – everything. They also aren’t […]

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My marinated mediterranean chickpeas are your new lunchtime BFF.

make ahead marinated mediterranean chickpeas

Marinated chickpeas are one of my favorite things to prep ahead of time. They are so easy and taste fantastic (!!!) from the fridge. And they are so incredibly versatile. You can do all the things with them! Salads, bowls, wraps – everything.

roasted red peppers, sun dried tomatoes, chickpeas, feta, spices

They also aren’t anything new around here!

Over the years, I’ve perfected my marinated bean strategy. I’ve shared these marinated white beans and these marinated chickpeas with a panzanella salad. I also have these delish marinated chickpeas in The Pretty Dish!

pouring vinaigrette on ingredients

And since any form of marinated beans are one of the most made recipes in my kitchen (hello, lunch!), I’ve come up with a two part system that I love. 

First, I marinate the chickpeas with a bunch of things that can last a few days in the fridge without getting gross. Think roasted red peppers, sun dried tomatoes, kalamata olives. I also add in some feta because that stays great when marinated for a few days in the fridge too! So that is all step one. Make a batch, throw them in a container and store in the fridge.

up close make ahead marinated mediterranean chickpeas

Step two!

When I eat these, in whatever way I may eat them, I like to add in a few more things. Ingredients that don’t stay great when marinated in the fridge. I stir in some chopped baby cucumber and some fresh parsley. Maybe even a few tomatoes if I have them on hand. 

This base is all you need to make a meal happen quickly.

make ahead marinated mediterranean chickpeas with cucumbers

Now I’ll take that base and use it on salads, in quinoa or other grains, on wraps, even on toast. Mix it with other leftovers, make lettuce cups. 

Or I might even just eat the beans as is with the cucumbers and herbs as a side – or even just for a quick snack if I’m hangry and in a rush.

make ahead marinated mediterranean chickpeas with cucumbers and herbs

I can’t even tell you how often I make these. I mean – all the time!

If you follow along with my weekly menus each Sunday, you probably know that I add them in for lunch often. They are such a great dish to have on hand at times, particularly during busy weeks!

The beans are so satisfying – they make meals more satisfying but also make for the perfect grab-and-go bowl if you need something fast.

make ahead marinated mediterranean chickpeas with cucumbers and herbs

And of course – you can add in anything else you love, have or want! Extra vegetables from cleaning out the fridge, maybe rotisserie chicken or leftover grilled shrimp from dinner. It’s just SO easy. I’ll even bring them out for dinner if we are having a leftover night. They even make a perfect addition to a cheese board.

Tart, briney, flavorful, everything!

make ahead marinated mediterranean chickpeas

Mediterranean Chickpeas

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Mediterranean Marinated Chickpeas

These make ahead marinated mediterranean chickpeas are perfect for meal prepping! Use for lunches or dinners, salads or wraps. Delish!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 3 cups
Author How Sweet Eats

Ingredients

  • 2 (14 ounce) cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (12 oz) jar roasted red peppers in olive oil and garlic, chopped
  • 4 sun dried tomatoes marinated in oil, chopped
  • 4 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
  • ¼ cup chopped kalamata olives
  • 1 lemon, zest freshly grated and juiced
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 ½ tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • cup olive oil, preferably from the jar of roasted red peppers

for serving:

  • baby english cucumbers, chopped
  • chopped fresh parsley

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, combine the chickpeas, red peppers, sun dried tomatoes, feta, olives, lemon zest, juice , pepper flakes and oregano. Stir to combine.
  • In a smaller bowl, whisk together the vinegar, honey, garlic, salt and pepper. Whisk in the olive oil. I love to use the residual olive oil from the jar of roasted red peppers (or even the sun dried tomatoes). If you don’t have enough, just use as much as you have. Or just use regular extra virgin olive oil.
  • Pour the mixture over the chickpeas. Cover and refrigerate. These stay great in the fridge for about 4 days.
  • These are so versatile! Every time I eat these, I like to stir in fresh cucumber and fresh parsley - as much as you wish. I will stir these in and let them sit for 5 minutes or so. Then I’ll use the chickpeas as desired - eat them as is, add them to salad, to a pita, on toast - anything!

Delish over halloumi too!

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75 Lunch Ideas for 2021.

Today I’m sharing 75 of my favorite 2021 lunch ideas! Just in time for the new year. Whether you are still working from home or heading into the office, these are lunch ideas that you can make and prep ahead of time. Woohoo! While I’m all about having a fried egg for lunch or topping […]

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Today I’m sharing 75 of my favorite 2021 lunch ideas! Just in time for the new year.

75 lunch ideas for 2021

Whether you are still working from home or heading into the office, these are lunch ideas that you can make and prep ahead of time. Woohoo!

While I’m all about having a fried egg for lunch or topping my avocado toast with a fried egg or grilling and roasting some vegetables for lunch, when you work out of the home I know that just isn’t feasible. These are all dishes that you can make or prep ahead of time and ones that will taste great come lunch time.

That’s the biggest thing for me. No matter how fantastic the salad was that I would make for lunch when I sat behind a desk, whether it had croutons or last night’s chicken on top, it still tasted like a sad desk lunch and I just wanted something more delicious. Now I AM sharing a bunch of my favorite substantial salads below, but there are a ton of other lunch ideas here that range from soups to bowls to full blown meals! Eddie requires an actual MEAL, so there are some of those below too.

CLASSICS

These recipes are some of my most-lunched recipes on the blog. They are my favorites, the ones I eat frequently or that you guys tell me you’re loving.

The Best Ever Egg Salad

Smashed Chickpea Salad

Summer Chicken Salad

Tomato and Avocado Bagelwiches

Green Goddess Tuna Melts

Nicoise Bagel Sandwiches

Crunchy Roasted Chickpea Pitas (pack the chickpeas separately, along with some hummus and tomatoes!)

Loaded Hummus Havarti Veggie Sandwiches

Thai Turkey Burgers (these are amazing made ahead of time and served on salads or in wraps!)

Asian Turkey Burgers (same as above!)

Tuscan Tuna Melts

Goat Cheese Tartines with Egg Vinaigrette

Southwest Chicken Salad Slider Melts

Chicken Salad Stuffed Avocados. (Be sure to peel and stuff the avocado right before eating.)

Shaved Egg Avocado Toast. (If you don’t want to actually shave an egg at work, just slice it!)

Smoked Salmon Bagels

Breakfast Quinoa (this is so satisfying that I don’t mind having it for lunch)

Marinated White Beans with Toast (this is equally good with some whole grain crackers!)

Lemon Almond Roast Chicken Salad

Greek Chicken Lettuce Wrap

75 lunch ideas for 2021

75 lunch ideas for 2021

SALADS & BOWLS

Most of these salads can be prepped the night before, and if they don’t have a protein, add one of your choice if desired. A few of them, like the greek salads and chickpea salad, get more delicious as they sit.

Cilantro Lime Tortellini Salad

Warm Winter Farro Salad

Roasted Salmon Salad with Hot Ginger Dressing

Grilled Chicken Strawberry Poppyseed Salad

Honey Mustard Chicken Chopped Salad

Roasted Cauliflower Farro Salad

Summer Squash Pasta with Goat Cheese

Rosemary Chicken, Bacon Avocado Salad

Mediterranean Kale Salad with Chicken 

Cheeseburger Chopped Salad

Fuji Apple Chicken Salad

Slow Roasted Tomato Farro Salad

My Favorite Greek Salad

Crispy Chickpea Chopped Salad

Chickpea Bacon Ranch Chopped Salad

Winter Crunch Salad

Honeycrisp Quinoa Kale Salad

Nacho Quinoa Taco Salad

Black Pepper Balsamic Strawberry Pasta Salad

Goat Cheese and Arugula Pasta Salad

BBQ Quinoa Salad

Baja Grain Bowls

Honey Chipotle Chicken Bowls

Thai Chicken Quinoa Bowl

BLT Chopped Salad

Greek Orzo Salad in a Jar

The Best Simple Chickpea Salad

Ramen Noodle Crunch Salad

75 lunch ideas for 2021

75 lunch ideas for 2021

SOUPS

All of these soups are delicious if you make them a day or so ahead of time. For the soups with pasta, you can always cook it separately and add it the morning of or right before eating so it doesn’t soak up too much liquid. I like preparing a soup for lunches, and freezing half of it. That way lunch will already be prepared in a few weeks/months or you can even have it for dinner at some point.

Easy Maple Turkey Chili

Fire Roasted Minestrone with Kale Pesto

Chicken Taco Soup

Lemon Chicken Soup

30 Minute Asian Chicken Soup

Game Day Chili

White Chicken Quinoa Chili

Mini Chicken Meatball Soup

Butternut Squash Quinoa Chili

Ginger Sweet Potato Soup

Chickpea Pasta Soup

Spicy Sausage, Kale & Whole Wheat Pasta Soup

75 lunch ideas for 2021

75 lunch ideas for 2021

MEALS

Of course, I use the term “meals” loosely here, because everyone’s idea of a meal is subjective! These meals have a little more substance. They feel more like actual MEALS than lunches, if that makes sense. They are served hot, they aren’t a cold bowl of salad. And if you’re anything like Eddie, that is what he loves – lunch that tastes and satisfies like dinner. These are some of my favorites that can be made a day or two ahead of time! If you prefer leftovers for lunch, these are for you.

Bruschetta Quinoa Zucchini Boats

Cashew Shrimp and Mango Stir Fry

20 Minute Basil Chickpea Curry

One Pot Salsa Chicken Quinoa

Korean Chicken with Coconut Rice

Kung Pao Cauliflower

Grilled Vegetable Orzo

Chicken Feta Meatballs with Zucchini Noodles

Broccoli Bacon Pasta

Broccoli Cheddar Spaghetti Squash

Pasta with Chickpeas, Spinach and Garlic

15 Minute Sesame Ramen Noodles

Farfalle with Arugula, Pine Nuts and Marinated Feta

Chicken Enchilada Stuffed Peppers

One Pan Sesame Chicken

Sesame Chicken and Green Bean Skillet

Slow Cooker Mini Turkey Meatballs

Sheet Pan Sausage and Peppers

Korean Beef Bowls

Thai Drunken Zucchini Noodles with Honey Chicken

75 lunch ideas for 2021

I’d love to hear more of your favorite lunches! Whether they are something you meal prep, or an easy idea that you throw together everyday. Share ’em below!

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Caramelized Onion, Apple and Brie Tart.

This apple brie tart is heavenly! Caramelly sweet onions, flaky, butter pastry, melty brie and pomegranate molasses makes this the most delish tart you could ever try! Oh hi! So this is the THIRD year in a row that I’ve photographed this recipe and it’s finally making it to the blog. How exciting! A few […]

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This apple brie tart is heavenly!

This apple brie tart starts with caramelized onions and puff pastry. It's topped with pomegranate molasses and juicy arils for an extra pop!

Caramelly sweet onions, flaky, butter pastry, melty brie and pomegranate molasses makes this the most delish tart you could ever try! (more…)

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15 Lunch Recipes You Can Fully Prep On Sunday!

We’re talking all about meal prep lunches today! With 2020 being complete crazy, who else needs some lunch inspo? I mean, I just need a moment to step out of the kitchen and eat a delicious lunch… So! I’m always on the fence about meal prepping entire lunches for the week. I talk about this […]

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We’re talking all about meal prep lunches today!

With 2020 being complete crazy, who else needs some lunch inspo? I mean, I just need a moment to step out of the kitchen and eat a delicious lunch…

So!

I’m always on the fence about meal prepping entire lunches for the week. I talk about this a TON in my book coming out next year – and it includes so many helpful meal prep tips and plans. However, the same theme remains: I hate to meal prep for five full days and the eat the same thing for lunch.

However! Not everyone is like me. Take Eddie for example, ha. We make his lunches on Sunday for four days. These recipes are some examples of what we make – because he wants more of a “meal” for lunch (i.e. not a salad or a sandwich, in Eddie speak) and he always wants to make it and pack it up. For all of these below, you can fully make them and stick them in a container, with the except of one salad.

While I prefer to make batches of soup and freeze half, then do two or three lunches (so the other two days have variety), most of these will make at least four servings!

15 Meal Prep Lunches

Fire Roasted Minestrone. My favorite way to prep this for lunches is to make a batch, freeze half, then use it for lunches for the week. I find that this is so much better than eating it for dinner, then using it for lunches. I get meal boredom easily. Then use the frozen batch for dinner in few weeks!

Greek Orzo Salad in a Jar. I adore this meal so much. It’s one that gets better as it sits! It’s also very customizable – you can use different beans or grains too.

Salsa Chicken Quinoa. This meal is incredible as leftovers. It’s one that you can add toppings to, or easy alone, and it will still be delish.

Smoky Butternut Kale Salad. Kale salads are one salad I actually still enjoy a day or so after they are made. The kale is so hearty and chewy that it can hold up in the fridge. I do suggest waiting to dress these until it’s time to eat!

Ginger Sweet Potato Soup. I LOVE this for lunch because it’s light yet satisfying at the same time. The ginger is refreshing and it is such a good lunch soup.

Baja Grain Bowls. I put the base of these together all the time for lunches. It is wonderful. If you have the time or work from home, you can top it with more ingredients like yogurt or avocado. Or, you can throw those things in the corner of the container and mix it all up together when it’s time to eat!

Sheet Pan Smoked Turkey Sausage and Peppers. This is easily one our most made meals for lunch, ever! Sometimes I’ll make a batch of brown jasmine rice and portion it out with this.

Smashed Chickpea Salad Sandwiches. This chickpea salad gets better as it sits. You can totally prep it ahead of time and make an actual sandwich on bread or toast. It lasts – and the salad doesn’t get too wet or soggy.

Easy Turkey Chili. I have lots of chili recipes but this is my favorite. It comes together SO super fast, is very flavorful and is perfect for portioning out for lunch. It’s a smaller batch than most chilis (it serves 4), so it’s great for the week.

Grilled Vegetable Orzo with Smashed Feta Vinaigrette. Perhaps my favorite meal of the entire bunch! This one is loaded with flavor and you can use whatever veggies you like. Also, if you want to roast instead of grill, go for it!

Maple Sheet Pan Smoked Sausage with Brussels and Squash. Another favorite that is so flavorful and SO good for lunch! Again, if you want to pair it with brown rice or something similar, go for it.

Honey Chipotle Chicken Bowls. They only part I don’t add in until the last minute is the avocado and the dressing. And if you’re in a pinch, just skip the avo slices and add a few dollops of guac.

Turkey Taco Stuffed Peppers. These are SO GOOD for leftovers! Now I do suggest heating them with a little but of melted cheese and topping with guac, but they are excellent for lunches, and also really good over a bed of lettuce!

Squash Pasta with Brown Butter and Goat Cheese. While I usually use summer squash for this, I’ve made it multiple times in the winter with zucchini since it’s readily available. It’s delish and reheats so well.

Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas. This is one that Eddie loves to take to work. You can bring tortillas with it, or even eat it with tortilla chips. You can also serve it with brown rice.

Korean Beef Bowls. Okay, so technically this is 16, but I couldn’t pass it up! This is SUPER simple, tastes better as it sits and is so easy to prep ahead. I make it with quinoa often too!

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