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.

15 thoughts on “New Favorite

  1. This is why I hate ordering salads when I go out to eat – they’re soo overpriced I think to myself “I could make this” the whole time!

    Yours looks great. Love me some roasted bell peps!

  2. 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.

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

  4. 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…

  5. 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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