A Fun Lunch Idea for School & This Months Favorite Kitchen Finds from Yes Chef
Well, we are two weeks back into the school grind, and I don’t know about you, but I’m already getting the school lunch blues. We’ve done sandwiches with the basic sides, and I’m ready to mix it up!
On my last peruse through Yes Chef in downtown Abbotsford, the most stunning salad bowl caught my eye as well as some rad tupperware that would make any school lunch something to look forward to. And as it goes the wheels started turning, and an idea of a fun and beautiful salad for school popped into my head.
So read along as I divulge my Yes Chef Favorites that inspired my Rainbow Ribbon Salad, a fun lunch idea for school, along with the recipe so you can try it at home to!
Yes Chef Photography by Menze Visuals
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Salad for School? Are You Crazy?!
My kid’s love salad. I know weird! But they do, and for that I am so thankful! But I don’t have the time in the morning before the rush to the car to make a fresh one, or the proper tupperware to keep everything separate . No one wants a soggy salad!
Never the less, as I pursued my hunt for the next edition of my Yes Chef Favorites, it wasn’t long before their collection of Eco-Friendly lunch kits caught my eye. There’s something so beautifully utilitarian about these metal lunch kits. I’m not one to shop cutsie characters, so their sleek design (reminiscent of the world war days) drew me in. And it was the Eco-Friendly lunch kits compact design that sealed the deal!
So now with my tupperware in hand and the idea of a fun and beautiful salad for school in my head, I was now contemplating how I was possibly going to make it edible for a packed lunch. And not to mention, allergy free.
And as I continued to think on this predicament, a salad I had this past summer kept popping into my head. Not only was it completely delicious, but something the kids would have a blast eating. Now I just had to make it my own… and so here you have it, my Rainbow Ribbon Salad.
Rainbow Ribbon Salad
A Fun Lunch Idea for School
- 1 1/2 English Cucumber
- 2 Large Carrots (try a rainbow mix for extra color like I did)
- 1/3 Cup Shaved Radish
- 2 Cups of Snap Peas
- 1/2 Red Bell Pepper
- 1/2 Yellow Bell Pepper
- 1/4 Cup of Shredded Beet
- 1 1/2 TB Dijon Mustard
- 4 TB Lemon Juice
- 3 TB Peach Jam
- 4 TB Light Olive Oil
- 4 Mint Leaves
- Salt + Pepper
Peel Cucumber and carrot into long ribboned strips. Shave radish unit you have 1/3 cups. Roughly chop snap peas. Thinly slice red and yellow bell peppers. Shred beet until you have roughly 1/4 cup.
note: to save time you can purchase your beets preshredded.
Set aside shredded beets and radish slices. You will use these to top your salad at the end. It’s important to not mix in the beets, as it will cause your salad to turn a bright pink!
Whisk together wet ingredients for the dressing. Set aside. Chop mint leaves.
( note: double dressing recipe if you like your salad extra saucy. you can always refrigerate and save for later. )
Toss vegetables with dressing, or simply stack each vegetable in nice layers and drizzle dressing over top. Top with shredded beets, radishes and chopped mint. Sprinkle salt and pepper to taste. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Want something to go with this salad for school? Try my Poppyseed Chicken!
This Salad for School Makes Your Life Easier
As you can see from the ingredients list, this salad is much more than one grade schooler can handle! The reason I love this fun lunch idea for school is that it’s actually meant to be a left over from dinner the night before. Because there are no leafy greens in it, theres no need to throw this beautiful salad out after dinner. In fact, I think it tastes even better the next day, as the flavours really have a chance to marry one another. Meaning your life is easier, and your kids are getting a delicious and healthy meal at dinner and lunch!
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And if you think your family is going to love this salad recipe, your right! So to make sure you still have some for the next day, simply take a serving out and pack it away in Eco-Friendly lunch kits before you sit down for dinner as a family. Easy peasy!
Eco-Friendly Lunch Kits for School to Keep Your Rainbow Ribbon Salad Fresh
Besides the insanely gorgeous salad bowl I found at Yes Chef, another reason I wanted to create a salad recipe was for the Eco-Friendly lunch kits I found as I mentioned before.
Using the Eco Lunchbox Three in One and the Rosti Mepal n go Fruitbox, I could separate the Rainbow Ribbon Salad in its own tupperware with included fork, while keeping the proteins and carbs in a metal stackable kit. Not only was there plenty of room for everything, but each item had it’s own special place. And if this salad for school wasn’t already fun to eat, its containers sure made it a fun lunch idea for school.
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I can only imagine how enjoying it will be for my oldest to unstack each layer- like a little surprise every time!
And for an after school snack, I made sure to grab one of the kid’s favorite treats before I checked out. Naked Snacks: Wholesome Yogi, blends together the goodness of nuts, seeds, dried fruits and yogurt bits. I little bit of sweetness in a healthy and filling nibble! It was so hard to not eat the entire bag!
If your child is in a nut tolerable class, this would also be a fun lunch idea for school to through in your Eco-Friendly lunch kits!
Well, there you have it. Another yummy recipe and even more amazing finds to add to your kitchen. With only a few weeks of having these new additions in the cabinets, you’d be surprised at how often we have already pulled out the gorgeous salad bowl, Eco-Friendly lunch kits and trail mix.
Below you can find full details about this months Yes Chef favorites! Again, you’ll be saying, “Yes Chef, I’d love one”!
Yes Chef Photography by: Menze Visuals
Yes Chef Favorites
- Blue & White Three Piece Salad Bowl
- Eco Lunchbox Three-In-One Metal Lunch Kit
- Rosti Mepal n Go Fruitbox with Mini Fork Included
- Naked Snacks : Wholsome Yogi Blend
Adorable tote also available at Yes Chef
I can’t wait to show you all the treasures I find next month! This post was sponsored by Yes Chef.