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Mar 14, 2007 03:16 PM

Light lunches for warmer weather - your ideas?

The weather here in Wilmington is getting warm - 79 here today. My usual lunch is soup and half a sandwich, and soup just isn't going to cut it for me with the warmer weather. What are your ideas for cool and light lunches? I work from home, so I can do some put-together, but I really don't like green salads by themselves. They just don't jazz me. What other ideas do you have?

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  1. How about cous cous? The stove doesn't need to be on for more than 10 minutes total, you can spruce it up with herbs or vegetables, and you can eat it cold the next day.


    1. One of my favorite lunches is: a generous dollop of hummus with your favorite crackers and a big bowl of sliced cucumbers sprinkled with rice vinegar and sea salt.


      1. I mix corn, black beans and pico de gallo (I buy the ones premade from the grocery store, in the refrigerated section where you can see the chunks of tomatoes, cilantro, etc.). Add a little lime juice, seasonings, olive oil. I use this as base. Tonight, I had it mixed w/ some greens and salmon. Sometimes I'll top an omelette with it. Mix it with some kind of meat (salami, ham, turkey, anything I have in the house) in pita. Spread cream cheese over rolled bread, add it, and roll. It makes a lot and lasts a few days so I get pretty creative.

        Oh, have you ever made tatziki? It's a great dip for warm weather.

        1. Both of these are perfect! Thank you! Keep 'em coming!

          1. When we were in Costa Rica we ate lots of hearts of palm with creamy orange dressing (I THINK it was a combination of mayo and ketchup. . .).

            I like greens topped with hearts of palm, tomatoes, red onions and viniagrette. If I have to pack lunch, I pack the lettuce separately but mix up everything else.

            Cooking Light has a great hearts of palm and chickpea salad--I'll post a link to it if I can get onto their site.