Salad potluck: the easiest, cheapest, healthiest way to avoid packing lunch #Food#healthy food#salads#vegetables#work August 2 2016 | Guest post by Alissa Photo by: rishabh – CC BY 2.0 It started with a workplace baby shower with a salad potluck directive: everyone bring something you can put on a salad. As we stood around munching, while cards were opened, we thought, "Hey, this was REALLY easy, and it's healthy, too! We need to do this more often!" So we made it a weekly thing for the summer. One or two people volunteer to bring greens and everyone else looks in their fridge/pantry/garden/grocery store, and brings anything you can put on a salad — vegetable, protein, cheese, fruit, nuts, etc. Spread everything out in the conference room, and voila! We have a few bottles of dressing we keep in the company fridge, and leftover non-perishables like nuts go in the cabinet for the next week. It helps us all eat healthier and it makes "packing lunch" as simple as throwing a random fridge vegetable or a bag of dried cranberries or can of black beans in your bag. (Pro tip: don't forget to have a can opener!) But this doesn't just have to be about eating at work. I'm totally going to steal it next time we have a girls night gathering or shower when I don't have enough time or brain cells to plan a meal. Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Alissa As an eight-to-five desk monkey, Alissa is on a never-ending quest to figure out how to make workday lunches fast, cheap, easy, and delicious. She also needs to eat more vegetables, so eating potluck salad once per week is definitely a good thing. PREVIOUS How my silicone wedding ring represents marriage as a whole NEXT How do you deal with an adult bully in the family? Show/Hide comments [ 6 ] Nice! I really like this! I imagine everything would have to be cleaned and sliced at home though. 1 agrees Reply Some folks slice at home, and some wash and slice at work. 'Tis helpful to have a few basic kitchen items around like a knife, serving spoons, plate, bowl, and can opener. 🙂 1 agrees Reply This is brilliant! I have to try this! 3 agree Reply We used to do this all the time with a group of friends i had. We used to meet at someone's place and everyone would bring something, then we set everything up as a salad bar. It was very nice because everyone would bring the best they could- greens from someone's father's garden, buffalo mozzarella from the farmer, organic nuts, homemade bread etc. We did have dessert after that, too. 2 agree Reply Perhaps an ice cream sundae bar following the same concept? 2 agree Reply We used to do this at one of my jobs years ago with salads for lunch and fruit in the afternoon. It brought people together in a really nice way. Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Subscribe me to your mailing list No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy.