We don’t have a cafeteria at my school, but we are allowed to go out into the town for lunch to Chipotle, McDonalds, Papa Johns, Panera (a personal favorite!), and other fast-food places. However, going out to lunch can get quite expensive. That’s why I usually bring my lunch to school.
Bringing my lunch doesn’t have to be soggy, cold, or depressing. If I say so myself, this salad is quite the opposite. It’s full of fresh herbs and veggies. The quinoa gives it a nice texture and adds a lot of protein to keep me going throughout the day. The lemon dressing and tangy feta cheese make it simply perfect. I’d take this over an $8 Panera panini anyday!
Do you bring your lunch?
Note: this recipe makes a lot, so I like to keep it in the fridge and scoop it out throughout the week.
10 chicken tenders
1/4 cup olive oil
1 lemon, zested and juiced
6 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
For the salad:
2 cups quinoa
2 large red bell peppers, diced
5 Persian cucumbers, diced
1 small red onion, diced
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
1 cup golden raisins, rehydrated in warm water
1 cup feta cheese, crumbled
1/4 cup fresh mint, chopped
For the dressing:
Cook the quinoa as directed on the box, and allow to cool.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the quinoa, all of the vegetables and drained, re-hydrated raisins. Mix to combine. If not serving immediately at this point, you can refrigerate this mixture until ready to eat, it usually keeps in my refrigerator for up to a week. When ready to serve, toss in the feta cheese and enough dressing to lightly coat. Eat cold or at room temperature and serve with the warm chicken.