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Dishes best served cold?

My office doesn't have a kitchenette but I'd like to bring my lunch. Any suggestions beyond the basic sandwich/ salad? Any meal you've had at room tempereature that's been tasty?

So far I've only had fresh pesto with fresh hand made pasta that I brought and ate at room termp. that was just as good as eating warm.

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  1. Hummus and Pita
    Quiche or Frittata
    Leftovers - Pizza or Chinese
    Couscous Salad or Barley and Bean Salads
    Antipasto Platter or Charcuterie Plate
    Yogurt Parfait w/ Fruit and Fiber Cereal or Granola if you prefer
    Roasted Veggies

    1. Revenge. :-)

      I like poached salmon and poached chicken served cooled/room temperature. Roast chicken and fried chicken are also good cold. You could also make a steak salad with a rice wine vinaigrette.

      1. All forms of chicken, left over beef, musubi, pasta salads, ...

        1. sesame noodles
          fridge, or no fridge?
          Got a nucrowave? Shelf stable indian food?

          1. Soba noodles with dipping sauce -- bring the sauce separately or it will make the noodles very soggy. I learned the hard way.
            Jap chae -- Korean vermicelli noodles with meats/seafood/veggies
            Baba ghanouj
            Stuffed grape leaves

            Have you thought about getting a thermos? I love Mr. and Ms. Bento.


            1. I've found there are few foods I don't like just as much cold as leftovers. I probably wouldn't want a lobe of foie that way, but there's not much else I'd object to.

              1. Thai peanut noodle salad
                Empanadas or any meat pie
                Scotch eggs

                1. Gazpacho...Gazpacho...Gazpacho

                  1. Besides Revenge? Pizza and basically any pasta dish (whether it's Italian or Asian). Any salad that you could dress at the last minute. i think this will become pretty easy for you over time.

                    1. Roast a bunch of your fav veggies and make a balsamic dressing on the side.
                      Cold sliced roast beef would be good with that.
                      I love cold pizza, and certain chinese takeout tastes excellent cold. I sometimes don't feel like microwaving my leftovers and as long as its not fatty coagulated meat, it's all ok. I enjoy couscous with lemon zest and black pepper with some sliced baked chicken, cute grape tomatoes (when they aren't toxic and scary) pulled from the fridge 10 min before the first bite.
                      ooh caprese salad- another fav and no heating req

                      1. ceviche
                        served with a side of plantain chips

                        1. I second Emme's suggestion for quiche or frittata. Just add a side salad and you're all set, and you can fill them with just about anything you'd like. I actually prefer my quiche cold, and it's my go-to dish for cocktail parties because it can sit out forever and is just as good, if not better, once it cools down.

                          1. "Revenge is a dish best served cold" . . . had to say it. Many days I've packed cheese and crackers for lunch. I like a nice Stilton, Danish blue, or well I would go on and on . . with a cup of soup . . . makes me happy.

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                            1. re: Alacrity59

                              That's my very frequent lunch. I prefer cheddar or colby with Triscuits (or some textured cracker) and some fresh fruit. Today was a ton of green grapes and a plum with cheddar.

                              1. re: Alacrity59

                                Yep. Cheese at room temp. Could never figure why anyone would serve or eat cheese cold from the fridge and miss all the flavour.

                              2. Sugar Frosted Flakes w/ whole milk. It's Grrrreeeaaat!

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                                1. re: Passadumkeg

                                  Yes, but milk needs to be kept cold! He doesn't have access to refrigeration either. or at least that's how I read the OP.

                                2. l/o meatloaf ~~ I prefer it cold