Spring is finally here, and with it comes an increasing demand for lighter and healthier food options in the workplace. Business meetings are in full swing, as is corporate catering.Trying to find healthy options that employees will enjoy can be a bit frustrating. Salads sometimes get a bad rap but can actually be both flavorful and filling. Below are a few salads to try that can satisfy almost any hunger.
Cobb Salad. The cobb salad is named after Robert Cobb—owner of the Brown Derby Restaurant in Hollywood, California—and is thought to have become popular in the 1930’s.It traditionally comes with greens, chicken, bacon, tomato, hard-boiled egg, avocado, and bleu cheese. This variety of toppings makes the Cobb Salad high in protein, which is key to keeping you fuller longer.
BBQ Chicken Salad. This hearty salad often comes with BBQ chicken, black beans, corn, cilantro and toasted tortilla strips.This is another salad that has high protein content with the black beans and corn together creating a complete protein, as well as the chicken. And the cilantro along with the other ingredients fill this salad with plenty of flavor.
Pear and Bleu Cheese Salad. There are a few variations to this salad, with the pear being swapped out for a variety of other summer fruits.The sweetness of the fruit with the sharpness of the bleu cheese round each other out for an incredible flavor. This is usually pair with a nut option and dried cranberries. The variety of toppings on this salad makes if one of the most nutritional salads, and one of the tastiest!
Farro Salad. Farro is an ancient grain that is fast becoming a popular option as a salad topping.It is often paired with seasonal toppings such as squash in the fall, or fruit and feta in the spring.This salad makes a great vegetarian or vegan option.
Ingallina’s Asian Noodle Salad. This salad made popular by Ingallina’s Box Lunch in Seattle, Portland and Los Angeles is always a customer favorite! Topped with soy-tossed vermicelli noodles, this salad provides the nutrition of the romaine lettuce along with snow peas, onion and cilantro, while providing the heartiness you find with pasta. The chicken breast and roasted cashews offer a punch of protein, while the house-made Asian vinaigrette give it a punch of flavor. There are many options these days for finding a salad that is hearty, healthy, and flavorful. Many corporate caterers offer a menu with a wide variety of salad and other light lunches for corporate meetings and events, and some even offer free delivery! Whether looking for gourmet Box Lunches or Party Platters, consider providing your employees and co-workers with a nutritious, filling salad this spring!