Weeknight Cooking

How to Stretch a Big Batch of Salad

March 20, 2014

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

A new-ish strategy of mine is to make a double or triple batch of a salad that can work both for lunches and as a side dish for dinners. This week, my son, Walker, helped me assemble a modified version of this quinoa salad -- in place of the hazelnuts and dried cranberries, we used almonds and dried cherries. He chopped the nuts and fruit while I cooked the quinoa and sautéed the onion and celery. I'm liking this new version of my cooking life with a trusty sous chef! 

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For a little more substance, I wedged some leftover avocado and blood orange salad next to the quinoa. And for a little fun, dessert was this Almost Flourless Chocolate Cake (which, one could argue, is an adult brownie). 

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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.

1 Comment

ChefJune March 20, 2014
I wonder how many kids offer to purchase Walker's or Addie's lunches. They always look so good. And have good desserts.