Amanda's Kids' Lunch

A Roast Salmon and Rice Salad

By • March 27, 2014 • 10 Comments

Every week we take a peek inside the lunches of the luckiest kids in Brooklyn. Read on, suppress your jealousy, and get a little brown bag inspiration.

Amanda's Kids' Lunch from Food52

Today's lunch was born of last minute inspiration. We had leftover roasted salmon in the fridge as well as a bucket load of arborio rice that was cooked in boiling salted water, like pasta, so the grains hold together and work well for salads. A salmon and rice salad was calling, so I mixed them up with some baby kale and a dollop or two of leftover green sauce. As I tossed it all together, I splashed in some olive oil and lemon juice, and lunch for the kids (and me!) was done. Our kids love the chocolate macaroons from Whole Foods Market and for a sprinkle of fresh color, they each got a clementine. This is the kind of lunch that makes me happy -- lots of flavor, a nod to health, an interactive element (the clementine) and a treat that I hope they'll remember me for! 

What's in your lunch today? See some of the twins' past lunches

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4 months ago AntoniaJames

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Along the same lines, pre-planned extra freekeh + leftover cumin-roasted cauliflower + this salmon (but not the sunchokes): http://food52.com/recipes... + extra parsley chopped at the same time = a bright kedgeree for today's lunch. That salmon became an instant favorite here when we first tried it. Last time I mixed with my not-recipe quinoa + cucumber + avocado + my favorite vinaigrette (from Merrill's green beans in vinaigrette recipe). Life is so good. ;o)

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4 months ago Randi

Please link to a recipe for the "green sauce" mentioned above. Sounds like what we all need after a long, long winter.

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4 months ago Amanda Hesser

Amanda is a co-founder of Food52.

I usually make some variation of this recipe (often swapping out the vinegar for lemon juice): http://food52.com/recipes...

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4 months ago Shalini

Ooh! I want this for my lunch! Also, a great solution for leftover roast salmon with that yummy green sauce.

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4 months ago Amanda Hesser

Amanda is a co-founder of Food52.

I feel like leftover fish is one of the greatest leftover challenges.

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4 months ago ChezHenry

Substitute any leftover fish for canned tuna fish in your favorite tuna salad. Salmon works so well i always make extra to ensure i have leftovers.

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4 months ago Midge

Delicious! This reminds me that your arborio rice salad in Mr. Latte has long been a standby in my house. Love it.

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4 months ago Amanda Hesser

Amanda is a co-founder of Food52.

Oh right -- I forgot I had that recipe in the book!

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4 months ago Veronica Fung

Lucky Walker and Addie- the salmon & rice salad looks amazing! Have forgotten about cooking arborio this way to make salads; will have to make this soon. Thanks!

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4 months ago Amanda Hesser

Amanda is a co-founder of Food52.

Thank *you*!