Mid-Week Lunch Hack: the humble fruit salad


Mid-week lunches are invariably either dull, and consist of cheese sandwiches and an apple, or are frightfully expensive. Spending anywhere up to £5 a day on food really adds up. Of course, a hummus and falafel wrap from the staff canteen or local cafe is a delight, but sadly not an affordable – and regular – option for most of us.

However, this week the humble fruit salad comes to the rescue. As simple, and therefore perhaps pointless as this suggestion might seem to some, I have decided to share it due to the fact that it is often the simplest options that we overlook. I really love making this salad on a Sunday afternoon after my weekly shop, leaving it in the fridge covered in foil, and dipping into it during the week – I normally fill a small tuppaware each day, and sometimes have it of an evening with greek yoghurt and honey.

Now, of course I am not suggesting that a Tupperware of fruit will do for lunch, but it certainly works well as an accompaniment, and livens up even the dullest of sarnies. Such a delightful array of colours would cheer up any staff fridge – perhaps opt for a ‘hands off, it’s mine’ sign, just as a precaution against wandering foragers.


My very simple recipe this time round:

  • 1 cantaloupe melon
  • 1 punnet of strawberries
  • 1 punnet of white, seedless grapes
  • juice of 1 lemon

Chop up the fruit to your liking and toss in a large bowl. Then, squeeze the juice of the lemon all over. The lemon juice is a vital ingredient; it not only helps to preserve to fruit, but adds a delightful tang to the flavour of the salad.

And that’s it. Simple.

Please note: strawberries currently are more readily available as we move into spring, however, I would always suggest trying to use seasonal fruits, as this will aid flavour, and overall cost. 

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