Recipes over 5 years ago by Liz Adams

My Favorite Chopped Salad + Healthy Lunch Ideas

I love to share quick snapshots of the lunches I make at home on my IG stories. Whether it’s a quick tapas plate of my favorite snacks, turkey lettuce wraps or breakfast bowls, it’s fun to get creative when it comes to my everyday lunch! First up I’m going to share the “recipe” for my chopped salad that really has no recipe at all because it consists of anything in your fridge. It’s inspired by one of my favorite Italian chopped salads and my friend Natalie’s amazing recipes

Italian-Inspired Chopped Salad


  • arugula
  • cucumbers
  • peppers
  • green olives
  • radishes
  • pepperoncini peppers
  • chickpeas
  • salami
  • mozzarella cheese

lemon vinaigrette:

  • juice of 2 lemons
  • 2-3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil (taste for preference!)
  • salt + pepper

The key to making this salad delicious is to chop everything the same size! I also like to top with fresh cracked pepper. There is no real method to creating this salad, just throw it together and enjoy. We love eating this for lunch or a light dinner! If you want to eat some for leftovers, just make sure to dress the salads individually so it doesn’t get soggy. Yum!

A few other light lunch ideas:

Lunch tapas plate! Here are a few of my favorite ingredients:

  • cottage cheese with lemon juice and red pepper flakes
  • carrots/cucumbers with hummus + TJ’s zhoug dip
  • rice crackers
  • sliced salami
  • turkey wraps (with honey mustard + TJ’s everything but the bagel seasoning)
  • hard boiled eggs with TJ’s chili lime seasoning

Lettuce wraps:

romaine lettuce
Plainville low sodium turkey (fresh from the deli at Whole Foods)
honey mustard
TJ’s everything but the bagel seasoning

Almond butter toast: this is a great post-workout late breakfast/lunch!

  • toasted ezekiel bread
  • almond butter
  • sliced bananas
  • honey drizzle
  • chia seeds

What are your favorite homemade lunches? I love that all of these items could be made ahead and enjoyed at work! Get these adult bento boxes for easy lunches on the go.