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We added a bunch of stuff to a strawberry arugula salad recipe from Rachel Ray and came up with this.  These amounts made 3 large and 6 medium salads, stacked in gladlocks in the order listed to minimize mushification.

1 jar mandarin oranges
3 pints of blueberries
2 containers of strawberries
1.5 cups quinoa
4 large chicken breasts
2 cups feta cheese
Walnuts, (like, 5 handfuls?) toasted (350 for 10 minutes)
2 lbs arugula

Shallot vinaigrette:
4 shallots, chopped fine
3/4 cup olive oil
1/2 cup rice wine vinegar
1/4 cup honey
Salt and pepper


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In bottom of gladlock, layer:
Diced tomatos (let sit in strainer first to get rid of excess liquid)
Black beans
Optional avocado
BBQ Chicken
Lots of romaine
Small ziplocks on the side with tortilla strips for crunch
Serve with dressing of your choosing.  We used BBQ ranch.

For nine salads, (3 big, 6 medium) we used 4 tomatoes, 2 small bags of corn, 2 cans of black beans, 6 small pieces of chicken and 4 heads of romaine.

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Red, yellow and orange peppers, (1 ea), sliced
Grilled chicken
Hummus (we used Steve’s from the deli case at Meijer)
Garlic spread (we used Steve’s from the deli case at Meijer)
1 sliced red onion, pickled (see post on how to pickle)
(These amounts made 9 wraps, with garlic left over).

In divided tupperware, put a plop of hummus and garlic in the small side and some chopped chicken, peppers and pickled red onions on the other.  Fold up a tortilla on top and tah-dah.  (Some assembly required before eating, but it keeps the tortilla from getting mushy).

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This is a large recipe — this much chicken salad gave us about 10 lunches worth, 3 of which were larger, dad-sized portions.


6 small chicken breasts, grilled and chopped
1/2 cup craisins
6 slices bacon, crumbled
2 avocados, diced
1/5 cups grapes, halved
1 red onion
1/2 cup whole milk greek yogurt
1 lemon worth of lemon juice
1.5 TBS honey
1 tsp Pepper

Combine all the stuff in a (really) big bowl. Pack for lunch with tortillas, crackers, lettuce wraps, or chopped veggies.


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