Hi Billfold! I am preparing to go back to working in an office after five (!) years of working from home, and I am a little panicked about lunches. Y’all linked a while back to a Mark Bittman piece about why you should bring your own lunch, and the comments there at the Times had some suggestions but also a lot of sanctimonious “You need a recipe for bringing a salad to work????” nonsense. But I kind of want a recipe for bringing a salad! And other ways that I can replicate the experience of going to Chop’t without spending $15 on lunch every day. I will be working in Times Square and I already kind of want to die thinking about the options that I have there. — Katey
Have any really good bring-your-lunch-to-work ideas? Let’s help Katey out by posting them in the comments section.
I usually bring a turkey or ham and swiss sandwich (or if I’m up for something different, one of my favorite sandwiches is a play on the BLT: Bacon, arugula, and sliced mangos on ciabatta bread), and a simple salad.
My favorite salads only require three or four ingredients, and the key to bringing salads to work have always been to keep the salad dressing separate (in a container like this one), and then mixing it in when it’s time to eat to avoid having it become soggy. Some combinations that I regularly put together:
• Mixed greens or baby spinach, beets, goat cheese
• Mixed greens or baby spinach, grated carrot, cucumber slices
• Arugula, chopped red onion, shaved parmesan
• Black bean/corn salad: black beans, corn, red onion, olive oil, lime, salt + pepper, and a dash of cumin and hot sauce.
I also love this Mr. Bento stainless steel lunch set which comes with four microwavable compartments.
And of course, the easiest way to bring lunch is to pack leftovers—pasta dishes are good for this.
Billfolders, give Katey your best ideas!