Weeknight Cooking

Salad or Sandwich? Both, Please

May 30, 2013

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. 

My son Walker likes salads, and as chief lunch-packer, I've come to appreciate the salad (as opposed to my tedious nemesis, the sandwich). I like that you can layer flavors and ingredients any which way, and as long as you dress it with good olive oil and salt, you have a lunch you can send off proudly.

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Today, I started with a handful of baby arugula, topped with roasted potatoes cut into a tiny dice, and sautéed peppers. On top of that, I placed a piece of tuna and a shrimp or two that I'd poached in oil with chorizo, thyme, and garlic. The tuna came from the fridge so the oil clinged to its sides -- as it warms up on the way to school, the oil will dress the salad.

For dessert: Nutella and cream cheese sandwiches -- yes, I caved to the sandwich! -- on country bread.

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

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Amanda Hesser

Written by: Amanda Hesser

Before starting Food52 with Merrill, I was a food writer and editor at the New York Times. I've written several books, including "Cooking for Mr. Latte" and "The Essential New York Times Cookbook." I played myself in "Julie & Julia" -- hope you didn't blink, or you may have missed the scene! I live in Brooklyn with my husband, Tad, and twins, Walker and Addison.


Breadpassion May 31, 2013
I am for sandwiches, cause you can transport them easier, and they are less messy while eating:)
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ATG117 May 30, 2013
Nutella and cream cheese is a combo I've never tried. That will have to change soon.
Kenzi W. May 30, 2013
Oh it's amazing. You must try.
JM May 30, 2013
Your kids eat so well!
I'm a fan of changing salads into sandwiches, like this
Greek salad sandwich: http://www.myfoodandotherstuff.com/2013/03/greek-salad-sandwich.html