As a defiant response to Sad Desk Lunches, the Food52 team works to keep our midday meals both interesting and pretty. Each week, we'll be sharing our happiest desk lunches -- and we want to see yours, too.
Today: Food52's Senior Editor Kristen Miglore relies on a pot of grains to lay the groundwork for a week of breezy lunches.
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Whenever I don't know what to do with myself, I boil a pot of farro. (Or another grain, or beans, or lentils.) Those weeks, there's very little to stand between me and salads like this for breezy weekday lunches.
The rest is just garnishes: some delicate but feisty mustard greens; thinly sliced fennel, radishes, and baby white turnips; lemon, olive oil, salt, and lots of pepper. Put it all together at home or keep everything separate -- a salad like this won't care either way.
I'm an ex-economist, lifelong-Californian who moved to New York to work in food media in 2007, before returning to the land of Dutch Crunch bread and tri-tip barbecues in 2020. Dodgy career choices aside, I can't help but apply the rational tendencies of my former life to things like: recipe tweaking, digging up obscure facts about pizza, and deciding how many pastries to put in my purse for "later."