Healthy and Easy Lunch Ideas
Arugula Salad with French Lentils, Smoked Chicken, and Roasted Peppers
The lentils can be made up to a day in advance and the salad assembled at the last minute. Poached or grilled chicken breast would produce equally appetizing results.
White-Bean Salad with Zucchini and Parmesan
White beans add heartiness while chopped zucchini adds crunch to this delicious vegetarian salad.
Salmon Salad with Parsley and Capers
A beautifully poached piece of salmon, clean tasting and light, is a terrific summer meal. The technique really has only one rule: Don't overcook. The salmon should be cooked ever so gently in barely simmering liquid until the center is just slightly translucent.
Tuna Nicoise Sandwich
This sandwich, our take on the French pan bagnat, is perfect for outdoor eating. Its flavor improves when you make it ahead so it's perfect to make a night ahead and take it to work for lunch the next day.
Chicken with Watercress Salad
Cooking chicken on a hot grill (or grill pan) sears the surface of the food, giving it a full, intense flavor. For fast meals at lunch or dinner, try thinly pounded chicken breasts because they cook through in just a few minutes.
Arugula Salad with Grilled Chicken, Corn, Tomatoes, and Blue Cheese
A great salad for summer when corn on the cob is in season and you can grill outside, you can also make this salad all-year-round by using drained, canned corn and grilling the chicken indoors on a grill pan.
Steak Salad with Snap Peas
A great source of protein you can also mix in other veggies into this steak salad to make it even more healthy (and filling). Here, we added in carrots and radishes in addition to the snap peas.
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