Seeking Inspiration: How to Make Salads Interesting?

In anticipation of the rich holiday meals we'll be enjoying over the next few months (and the subsequent leftovers), we're trying to get into the habit of taking salads for lunch. But we know ourselves and know that we'll start to get bored with salads after a week or so. How do you keep your lunch salad interesting and satisfying?We're guessing that the key is to keep up a variety of salad fixings, not only in each individual salad but also from day to day. We're planning on prepping a bunch of toppings ahead of time and then using just what sounds good to us when we make our salad every morning. Here are a few toppings that we're thinking of:

• A variety of greens - butter lettuce, arugula, radicchio, spinach, etc.
Hard-boiled eggs
• Sliced or shredded carrots
• Cubes of jicama
Roasted beets
Caramelized onions
• Cubes of cheese
Toasted nuts
• Fresh fruit
• Dried fruit
• Crunchy croutons
• Fresh bread or half a bagel, torn into chunks
• Tuna
• Shredded chicken

We're also thinking that we need to have an arsenal of salad dressing options. Since we prefer making our own to buying it at the store, that means having a few easy recipes on-hand:

Garlic Confit Vinaigrette
Raspberry Vinaigrette
Asian Vinaigrette
Tahini-Miso Dressing

What else do you like on your salads?

Related: Lunch at Work: How to Keep Your Sandwich From Getting Soggy

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