Salads are essential to summer. Our summer is enduring, hot and humid and so I look for ways to change up our traditional lettuce salad.
Two Mexican inspired salads from delicious February 2015 are simple and easy and makes for a colourful lunch.
Mexican Black Bean Salad
Corn Kernels, canned – drained
Black beans, canned – rinsed and drained
Coriander – leaves removed from stem
Small tomatoes (grape, cherry, mini) – halved
Avocado – sliced
Cos lettuce – shredded
Corn tortillas – sliced into 2 cm strips, tossed lightly in oil and baked in oven until crisp
Sour cream and sweet chilli sauce
Lime wedges – for serving
Cos lettuce – leaves washed and separated
Corn on the cob – char grilled then cut away from cob
Baby spinach leaves
Avocado – sliced
Streaky bacon – crispy fried
Sour Cream dressing: sour cream, lemon, salt and pepper
Layer and combine on a serving platter and drizzle dressing.
How cute are these!
Or at least these are the words I used to my teenage son as I packed a pink mini sauce bottle, filled with gluten free bbq sauce, in his lunch box.
Seriously, these are perfect sizing for lunch on the go for adults and children alike.
I found them in the section of Woolworths supermarket where you find lunch boxes and esky ice bricks.
It is time for me to visit Brisbane or call a favour in from friends in Brisbane for I am almost out of a few of my lunch box helpers. As I am a 2 hour flight away from Brisbane, I will most probably have my sister shop for my lunch box helpers so she can bring them when she visits in a month.
Lunch Dish Cups : wax coated rectangular cups, available in a variety of patterns and sizes, perfect for packaging rice wraps and sushi.
Soy Sauce Bottles: small bottles suitable for filling with gluten free soy sauce, comes with a small pipette for filling bottles but I find a syringe from the chemist works better
Sauce Bottles: I use these bottles for tomato or bbq sauce
Rice Ball Moulds: Rice balls are not a success for lunch boxes, but these moulds make great rice balls for lunches and dinner at home.
Toothpicks: perfect for meatballs and fruit pieces
I buy these from Daiso a $2.80 Japanese shop in the Myer Centre in Brisbane City (and other locations in Australia). Visit their website to see a sample of their products and locations as there are many other wonderful products to brighten up a lunch box, make breakfast a little bit more interesting and to colour your dinner plate.