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.