New Favorite

So, you guys know how I eat salads for lunch a lot, right?

And how I spend a lot of time in the morning to chop/prep/pack said salads more often than not?

This is why:

I was treated to lunch at a local bistro/deli/restaurant/what have you by an old friend of mine last week.  I knew I’d stick with salad so as to avoid an afternoon food coma at my desk (I’m like a child and if I eat a heavy lunch, either a nap or a terrible mood is imminent).

I ordered a chopped salad with artichoke hearts, tomatoes (which I ate– who’s proud of me?), roasted bell pepper, cucumber, goat cheese and a balsamic dressing.

I pretty much licked my plate clean.

But here’s the thing. As I was eating in my ladylike way, I kept thinking about how easy this salad would be to put together at home and for SO much less money.  I mean, there wasn’t even MEAT on this salad and it was still $12.

So I went to the store, stocked up, and now have a new salad obsession.

At least for this week.

In my mix:

organic arugula
artichoke hearts (from a can, packed in water), chopped
jarred (in water) roasted red bell pepper, chopped
garbanzo beans
goat’s milk brie

I’m not usually a goat cheese fan, but this brie is fairly mild. It still has that characteristic goat’s milk tang, but it’s not quite as shocking to the senses as a chevre, for example, would be.

Plus, this little wheel was something like $2.49 at Trader Joe’s. I freakin’ love their cheese section.

Of course, if you’re not a fan of goat’s milk you could crumble some feta, mozzarella or even blue cheese into your salad.

This isn’t a recipe (use the proportions of each ingredient that you like), it’s simply my humble salad inspiration offering for the week.

Go forth and brown bag your lunch, friends.

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15 thoughts on “New Favorite

  1. I love salads like this. I bring them to work pretty much every day. They’re always gigantic and full of pretty much everything in my fridge. But using goat milk brie was a glorious idea. That stuff is wonderful.

  2. I love artichokes so much. I eat them straight from the can. They always make a salad better. And goat cheese is my lover.

  3. Your salads are always so damn pretty. I’m so lazy – and always running late – so if I don’t pre-chop my veggies there’s no way I’m taking salad for lunch. I need to be a bit more organized…Oh, and YES – goat cheese. My love for it goes deep.

    P.S. – I am so, so proud of you for eating tomatoes! Now if only I could overcome my fear/hatred of onions…

  4. Yum. Goat cheese has a special place in my heart… and my fridge. I just topped my salad with some crumbles yesterday, and it was fantastic! (and it cost way less that $12)

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