This is the most portable and wonderful salad and is my go-to meal for make ahead lunches for my husband and me. Finding healthy low-carb lunches (see Why I Eat Low-Carb) that we can easily carry to work, don’t need reheating, and will stick with us for the rest of the day isn’t always easy. But this one is perfect. Full of good protein and power-packed vegetables, this salad has become our favorite and can be assembled in just a few minutes. I make a large batch that will keep us going for 4 or 5 days, but the recipe below can easily be cut in half. Also, check out the variations below.
1 lb frozen chopped broccoli (thawed)
1 lb frozen chopped cauliflower (thawed)
1 lb diced cooked chicken or ham
or 2 large cans of chicken or tuna
1 heaping cup shredded cheddar (I like sharp)
1/2 – 2/3 cup of homemade mayonnaise (see note)
salt and pepper to taste
Mix the first four ingredients in a large bowl. Then stir in the mayo and any seasonings. Refrigerate. Yes, it’s that easy! Servings – about 8.
Note: If you have not made your own mayo with olive oil or a combination of olive and coconut oil, please do your body a favor and hunt down mayonnaise that is either made with 100% olive oil or canola oil (a last resort). Please avoid soybean oil dressings (which most commercial dressings are made with) and most other seed oils, they are too high in omega-6 fatty acids and contribute to inflammation in your body.
Make ahead tip: take the broccoli and cauliflower out of the freezer the day before and let them thaw in the refrigerator or, if you don’t have that day, put the bags in a large bowl of room-temperature water. They will thaw in about an hour.
- Make it just with broccoli
- Add some other vegetables – I’ve added chopped zucchini, mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, shredded carrots. Just make sure you keep the broccoli – it’s a super vegetable.
- I’ve added a mix of tuna and crabmeat
- Try a different kind of cheese
- Add sunflower seeds or walnuts for added crunch
- Add some crumbled bacon to the chicken
What are your ideas? Add them in the comment, please!