I bet the last thing you wanna do on this glorious Friday (before a three-day weekend, no less!) is think about packing a lunch, but I’m hoping I can nudge you in the right direction with the sixth installment of Paleo Lunchboxes 2014. Who can resist a beautiful and satisfying salad tucked into a lovely LunchBots container? Not me!
Besides, even if your wee ones gag at the thought of tucking into a salad, there’s nothing that says these boxes have to be for kids. Last time I checked, adults need lunches, too.
If you’ve got a peach, some thinly sliced prosciutto…
…fresh salad greens…
…and a handful of pistachios…
…you’re in business: make my Watercress with Seared Prosciutto + Peaches! You’ll love the balance of savory and sweet—and the fact that prepping this salad takes almost no time at all.
Remember: If peaches aren’t your cup of tea, you can always use apples, nectarines, or pears instead. Not a fan of watercress? No problem—substitute your favorite leafy greens. Just promise me you’ll make your lunch, okay?
Here are a few tips to ensure that your salad tastes great when you crack open your LunchBots at mealtime:
After you sear the prosciutto-wrapped peaches, wait until the hot fruit cools down before tossing them on top of the greens. That way, the greens won’t wilt and become a sad, soggy mess.
Another pointer: Pack your salad the night before, and keep it in the fridge until you’re ready to dash out the door.
Lastly, don’t dress your salad with the vinegar and extra virgin olive oil until you’re ready to eat your salad. “But I want to eat mushy greens!” said absolutely no one EVER.
If you’re in the U.S., you probably won’t have to pack another lunch for school or work until Tuesday morning, but I’ll have the last installment in this series up soon. Until then, check out parts one, two, three, four, and five of this year’s lunch series, gang!
Have a super-fun holiday weekend, everyone!
Looking for more recipes? Head on over to my Recipe Index. You’ll also find exclusive recipes on my Webby Award-winning iPad® app, and in my New York Times best-selling cookbook, Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans (Andrews McMeel, December 2013).1