Here in New England we are finally starting to see glimmers of spring arriving, faint glimmers but they are there! I’ll take what I can get! Heck enough snow has melted now that we can actually reach the grill on our deck! Now that is progress! Let’s not get too excited however, it is still only 28 degrees out today.
With St. Patrick’s Day upon us though I thought, why not manufacture a little sunshine and rainbows for myself now? Why wait? I think this dish does just that. Sunshine, rainbows and a subtle nod to St. Patrick’s Day all in one colorful bowl! So full of rainbow color in fact, I want to search for the pot of gold at the end!
RAINBOW FRUIT SALAD
I used my rainbow fruit salad in the 2 lunches below to evoke a subtle nod to St. Patrick’s Day. Although I have added a special touch with a clover in each lunch, I believe that each lunch would still give you that hint of the Irish holiday without the obvious detail just by the colors alone!
Lunch One: Packed in an Easylunchboxes container this lunch features the rainbow fruit salad as well as Angie’s Boom Chicka Pop popcorn. Also included are steamed broccoli and a pepperoni, broccoli, bagel pizza. I used a mini heart cookie cutter to make my clover. You could place your pepperoni however you like or skip it altogether. No clover shape is required although it is very easy to do!
Lunch Two: Packed in an Easylunchboxes container this lunch also includes the rainbow fruit salad and the steamed broccoli. Alongside is a chicken and swiss sandwich. I made a clover impression on the bread by first covering the bread with cling wrap then pressing down with a clover stamp I found in a dollar bin at the craft store. I have never actually used the stamp for crafting. You could skip this altogether or use a clover cupcake pick or ring instead.
This fruit salad filled out 5 lunch boxes in total (not all shown here). If any were left however, the fruit can easily be frozen to be used later in smoothies or frozen pops. I also tried to keep my lunch packing efficient by using the same ingredients more than once; fruit salad, broccoli and lettuce all make an appearance in both lunches pictured as well as in the ones not pictured.
HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY!
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