3 Protein-Packed Lunch Ideas

Whether you are taking your lunch on-the-go or simply craving a balanced meal, Eat Smart has the perfect salad options for you. Our On-The-Go salads provide an easy way to have a perfectly balanced meal that is unbelievably quick and easy. We’re pairing some of our favorite salads with savory protein options to not only blend harmoniously with leafy greens, but also provide a healthy source of protein to fuel your afternoon.

#1: Sweet Kale Salad + Grilled Chicken Thigh and Lemongrass

Take our classic Sweet Kale Salad up a notch with this refreshing grilled chicken thigh and lemongrass recipe. Stalks of zesty lemongrass, chopped cilantro with a pinch of ginger, blended beautifully with the fruity nodes of sweet kale. Imagine laying juicy chicken over a bed of chopped chicory, Brussels sprouts, roasted pumpkin seeds, dried cranberries and blanketed with a sweet poppy seed dressing. Sounds like a mid-day dream.

#2: Buffalo Ranch Salad + Baked Ranch Chicken

Bold flavors and a devilishly tempting duo of ranch and buffalo collide in this Baked Ranch Chicken recipe, making it the perfect topping for our Buffalo Ranch Salad. Chopped cabbage, kale and broccoli stalk are the base for rich Monterey jack cheese and a creamy buffalo ranch dressing. Topped with golden ranch chicken and marinated with garlic cloves, crumbled parmesan and cheddar cheese add the perfect pop to this salad.

#3: Raspberry Acai Salad + Balsamic Chicken

This pairing is so delicious, you will most certainly want to carry it over into a larger dinner meal for the family. Take our Raspberry Acai Salad, filled with sliced almonds, handfuls of dried cranberries, blueberries and combined with nutritious seeds to provide a perfect balance of health and great taste. Try adding this easy Balsamic Chicken recipe to have an extra kick of protein to this lunch option. A smart blend of sweet onions, balsamic vinegar, cracked black pepper, olive oil and a dash of kosher salt is all it takes to create this simple yet delicious recipe.

What are some of your creative and healthy protein-packed lunch recipes? Let us know what you think of these delicious pairings!