Salads can make a nutritious idea for lunch, and can provide a relatively inexpensive option for your luncheon meeting. Serve a luncheon salad that is anything but boring and you will have your guests smiling and happy. Add a few table decorations and some stimulating conversation and your guests will sing your praises.
Tasty Greens for a Spring Luncheon
Many luncheon salads contain lettuce as a main ingredient. Lettuce comes in many varieties and some are more nutritious than others. Offer your guests a tasty but less expensive option than the pre-mixed packages available in the produce department. Buy three or four different kinds of lettuce like romaine, red and green leaf, butter-head, young dandelion, radicchio, spinach, chard and endive. The more colorful the lettuce, the more nutrition your guests will receive.
Top your greens with tasty and colorful red, yellows, oranges and purples. This can include tomatoes, oranges, apples, squash, bell pepper and purple onion. It can also include dried fruits like cranberries, raisins and blueberries.
Add some colorful plates that include the colors found in your salad and attractive place mats. Your table will come alive with the colors of spring.
Spicy Protein Salad for a Book Study
Add meat, beans, seeds or nuts and salsa to a regular salad for a spicy, book study salad. Cooked and drained black beans, pintos or red beans pair well with spicy peppers and salsa. Walnuts, pecans, slivered almonds, pumpkin and sunflower seeds add fiber and crunch to the salad. Canned chicken, shrimp, tuna or salmon provide flavorful, simple and relatively inexpensive meat options per serving.
Set things up so your guests can mix their own salad. This allows each guest to choose only the ingredients she prefers. This also makes allowances for those with food sensitivities.
Pair your salad with decorative hangings of dried peppers, dried herbs or flowers. You could also decorate your table with items tied to your book or topic theme.
In Season Salad for Green Living
Prowl the aisles of your local supermarket or farmer's market for in season salad ingredients for your luncheon. In season vegetables will offer a more vibrant taste with a reasonable price tag. Check for traditional salad ingredients and tasty herbs like peppermint, spearmint, lemon balm, chives, chicory and leeks.
The use of in season offerings will match your focus on green living. Don't forget to use regular silverware, plates and fabric napkins to reduce the amount of waste at the end of your luncheon.
Focus on Home Grown
If you love to garden your own salad ingredients, invite your guests to walk out to the garden and pick their salad bowl items. Many vegetables and fruits are easily grown and available during most of the summer. You can pick spinach and lettuces several leaves at a time so your plants will continue to produce. Your guests may appreciate knowing their salad ingredients are organically grown if you avoid pesticides and chemicals.
Use your salad experience to invite your guests to start a community garden. Your fresh salad may inspire some enthusiasm.
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