Although the vada pav and samosathelas near your workplace seem very enticing, summer is not the time to indulge in all these deep-fried delights. Light, easy and nutritious food is what summer calls for and that's exactly what you should be eating.
So, instead of choosing something unhealthy at work, carry with you an easy, refreshing salad jar that will certainly make all your co-workers want some.
A good one to munch on after a crazy weekend, this salad is quick to make. To assemble it, add a lime dressing made with vinegar, lemon juice, salt and pepper along with chopped pineapple, blueberries, cooked quinoa, sprouts and kale in a mason jar. Screw on the lid, put it in your bag and rush out of the door.
Green Garden Salad
This salad is a great combination of beauty as well as taste. In a jar, pour in a balsamic vinegar dressing along with diced cucumbers, tomato, chopped spinach, pistachios, dried apricots and finish it with a flower crown made with edible flowers.
Now you might not be a chef, but that doesn't mean you can't cook like one, right? Whip up the dressing first with some olive oil, lemon juice, mustard seeds, chopped garlic and Parmesan cheese. To this, add chopped tomatoes, cucumbers, boiled eggs, sliced chicken strips, lettuce and cheddar cheese. It's that easy.
Egg & Avocado Salad
For everyone who loves avocado, put this on top of your list. First, add your favourite salad dressing. You can go crazy with this one. Now put chopped boiled eggs, assorted nuts, boiled corn and avocado slices. Ready to go in 5 minutes.
This salad isn't just a treat for your tummy, it’s quite a sight for your eyes too. In a mason jar, pour the dressing made with red wine vinegar, salt, pepper and olive oil. Layer thinly sliced pears, spinach leaves, walnuts, pomegranate seeds and some blue cheese. Pretty fancy, no?
Black Bean & Corn Salad
You can’t really go wrong with this one, can you? In a jar, layer homemade salsa, Greek yoghurt, black beans, boiled corn, sliced avocados, grated cheese, lettuce and coriander and it’s done!
Spinach & Chicken Salad
Two classics that go together like ham and cheese, this spinach and chicken salad is what we all need. To make the dressing for this, mix together red wine vinegar, mustard sauce, thyme leaves, salt, pepper and olive oil. In your jar, add boiled and shredded chicken, spinach leaves, grapes, cheese and chopped nuts. Yum!
For all those cheat days when you don't want to feel too guilty, this pasta salad is a great option. Take your mason jar, layer in whole wheat pasta, diced chicken, chopped tomatoes and onions, dried cranberries, raspberries and pecan nuts. Pour a dressing of white wine vinegar, honey, pepper, salt, mustard sauce and olive oil and you are ready to roll.