Justin ordered bao while something on the salad menu caught my eye. Something called the Eight Veggie Salad. You know I love me some vegetables, so cue the chorus.
I was anticipating something light and healthy, but what I got was a salad so beautiful I had to snap a picture on my iPhone. You can't picture the scale from the photo, but I assure you, this bowl was grandiose. The fresh salad included roasted corn, edamame, sugar snap peas, avocado, cucumbers, tomatoes, sprouts and romaine hearts, topped with sesame seeds and an Asian vinaigrette. The tangy flavors and crunch instantly won me over and I immediately wanted to share the salad with other salad-loving friends. Can you think of the last time you got excited about a salad? Exactly. It's that good. Even Justin, who isn't a salad guy, gladly ate half.
Inspired by my meal at Take a Bao, I tried to recreate my beloved salad at home for a healthy and portable lunch for the work week.
I included many of the essentials in a tupperware- corn, edamame, cucumber, tomatoes, shredded lettuce, sesame seeds - but added sliced red bell pepper, shredded carrot and green onions. Then I packed a separate container with a Cashew Tamari dressing my bestie gifted me from Mother's Cafe and Garden in Austin. It has just the right amount of Asian influence to go perfectly here.
A minimal amount of work in the evening, just chopping and slicing really, amounts to a feast you can enjoy the next day right at your desk if you wish.
I'm always looking for new ideas for healthy, packable lunches so I'm so glad this salad inspiration came my way. What are some of your favorite portable lunches?