When it comes to lunch at the office, we all know the feeling: stomach rumbling, clock about to strike noon, and those greens you packed are starting to look more like limp lettuce than an all-star salad. But you don’t have to settle for a #SadDeskLunch — we’ve got plenty of fun, hearty, and vibrant salad recipes to turn your lunch game from drab to fab. By swapping typical toppings for crisp fruits and veggies, zesty sauces, and tender proteins, these salads will keep your healthy eating on track and your belly full until dinnertime. Fair warning, though: these salads are so good, your coworkers might become green with envy.
Snappy snow peas, crunchy carrots, and juicy orange slices make this bright, restaurant-caliber salad one you’ll turn to over and over again. But it’s the KRAFT Asian Toasted-Sesame Dressing doing double duty that really seals the deal: marinating the chicken before sautéing and topping it all off at the end gives this plate an extra umami kick. Plus, it all comes together in about 20 minutes.
Bring the beef to work with this super-savory salad packed with tender sirloin strips in silky A.1. Steak Sauce. Once you stir up some zesty horseradish with ranch dressing and a bit of olive oil mayo, the layers of crunchy romaine, ripe tomato, and red onion will only need a light shower of shredded cheddar. Breaking open this baby at lunch hour will feel like you ordered takeout.
Perfect for prepping the night before, this Southwest-inspired salad is amped up with chili powder and lime juice. Like the traditional dish, marinated grilled chicken, green and red bell peppers, and red onion slices are the main event here. But to quell any heat, ranch dressing and finely shredded Mexican-style four cheese blend shine through.
You’ll forget you’re even eating salad with this protein-packed (33 grams!) salmon plate. The grilled fish gets a zippy upgrade from balsamic vinaigrette, and the flavors keep coming with every bite thanks to plump cannellini beans, fresh peppery basil, and sweet plum tomatoes — all atop a bed of fresh spinach sprinkled with a little extra balsamic.
Sweet and salty never tasted so good! Coated in tangy KRAFT Original Barbecue Sauce, boneless chicken gets grilled and tossed with torn greens, sweet and succulent strawberries, and sharp red onion. You could even shake in blueberries or blackberries, or use leftover BBQ chicken instead — the tangy options are endless.