Three Quick Deli Salads

We’ve been trying to decide where to move Fun Food Friday since Friday is now Bright Spots Friday! I don’t have a good name for it anymore, but we decided to go with Monday. :)

Here are three quick deli salads that are easy to bring with you for lunch. I usually eat these salads with some veggies like green beans or broccoli and cauliflower and a little bit of fruit. If I’m in a hurry I microwave one of those bags of fresh veggies you can grab at the grocery store in the produce section. I eat half of the bag at one lunch and put the other half in a container for the next day (usually this is about 6oz of veggies which is why I’ve used that amount below). If you are Paleo, just pick a Paleo friendly mayo like avocado mayo.

Quick Chicken Salad

Mix together

  • 5 ounces leftover chicken breast, cubed

  • 1/4 - 1/2 apple chopped

  • 1 celery stalk chopped

  • 1/2 tablespoon mayo

  • Salt and pepper

  • 1/2 tablespoon fresh Italian parsley, chopped (optional)

Add 6 oz green beans and a handful of blackberries and blueberries for a fully carb/protein balanced lunch.

Nutrition info for chicken salad

Calories 214 Carbs 8 Protein 28 Fat 9

Total nutrition info for salad, green beans, and 3 oz blackberries, and 3 oz blueberries

Calories 312 Carbs 41 Protein 32 Fat 9

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Quick Egg Salad

Mix together

  • 3 hardboiled eggs, chopped

  • 1 small dill pickle (or 3 or 4 of those mini pickles), chopped

  • 1 celery stalk, chopped

  • 1/2 tablespoon mayo

  • Salt and pepper

  • 1/2 tablespoon fresh dill, chopped (optional, but super good)

Add 6 oz mixed broccoli and cauliflower and a banana for a carb/protein balanced lunch

Nutrition info for egg salad

Calories 270 Carbs 6 Protein 18 Fat 17

Nutrition info for salad, broccoli and cauliflower, and banana

Calories 417 Carbs 38 Protein 24 Fat 17

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Quick Shrimp Salad

I use those frozen shrimp from the bag. A note on defrosting your shrimp. You have to defrost more than you think you need since they’ll weigh less one you get rid of all the extra water. Make sure to pat them dry rather aggressively with paper towels once they are defrosted to get out the extra water.

Mix together

  • 5 ounces cooked shrimp, chopped

  • 1 celery stalk, chopped

  • 1/2 small shallot, minced

  • 1/2 tablespoon mayo

  • Salt and pepper

  • 1/2 tablespoon fresh dill or tarragon, chopped (optional, but either is great)

Add a sweet potato with a teaspoon of butter for some carbs and fat

Nutrition info for shrimp salad

Calories 210 Carbs 3 Protein 29 Fat 8

Nutrition info for salad and 6oz of sweet potato with butter

Calories 390 Carbs 37 Protein 32 Fat 11