6 summer salads to break out of the lunch rut

Are you a creature of habit with your meals?

It takes work to try new things!  Most often, I rely on leftovers to mix up my lunch options.  But when those are not an option, I fall back on the usual salads or wraps.

It helps to mix things up with the seasons, and summer is definitely the time for more fresh veggies, raw foods and giant salads.

Here are six of my favorite summer salads to mix things up:

Summer Veggie Quinoa Salad (makes enough for 4 lunch servings!)

Quinoa Veggie Salad

Beet- Carrot Salad (add hard boiled eggs on the side for protein, serve over greens, top with nuts or seeds, etc to complete the meal)

Carrot Beet Salad

Tuna Avocado Salad (great over greens, or as a dip for veggies)

Avocado Tuna Salad

Black Bean corn salad

Summer Black Bean and Corn Salad

Quinoa Power Bowl with Lemon Tahini Dressing (you can make 3-4 servings at once to have lunches ready for the week)

Quinoa Power Bowl with Lemon Tahini Dressing

 Blueberry Balsamic Dressing (mix up your usual salad with a new dressing)

Blueberry Balsamic Dressing

Stick with what you like and what is easy for you to throw together.  But if you are looking to add more variety, start with just one new recipe per week, which may be 1-4 lunches.  Otherwise, it’s easy to become overwhelmed with your ambitious meal plan and skip it all.

Do you eat the same things for lunch?

How do you break out of a lunch rut?

22 thoughts on “6 summer salads to break out of the lunch rut

  1. I am totally a creature of habit… oatmeal and yogurt in the AM, scrambled egg atop a salad for lunch. I do switch things up for dinner.
    My eating is going all over the place again now (I swear we are having the same pregnancy) but will have to try these!
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  2. Literally for 180 days I eat the same exact thing for lunch every school day!!! The funniest thing is I was the same way when I was a student…and now my daughter is that way too!! Lol! I look forward to the summer when I can mix things up a bit!
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  3. Blueberry balsamic dressing? Sounds SO good and I’m on such a blueberry kick lately. I must try this!

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