An Easy, Healthy Lunch for the Whole Family

Can I tell you just how excited I am to have my own kitchen again?! The past week or so we’ve been unpacking boxes each day, finding our new normal and doing the best with what we have when it comes to cooking (read trying our hardest not to order take-out for every meal). You see, we’re still waiting for a lot of our kitchen stuff to arrive so we’ve been having fun coming up with creative, healthy, easy lunches that don’t require a whole of kitchen tools or fuss.

Last Friday we got a fresh order of Wonderful Halos Mandarins delivered and I knew I wanted to incorporate them into salads for myself and into David’s lunches as much as possible for this coming week.Wonderful Halos are California mandarins bursting with Pure Goodness. Add this sweet, seedless snack into your favorite dishes, which gives a unique twist to even the simplest recipes. There’s a salad I’ve had multiple times in Phoenix at a restaurant called The Glady that I love so much, so I figured I would take a swing at my own version, while still keeping it gluten-free. And with some ultra simple meal prep we did just that. Read through to get the full recipe!


  • ½ cup smoked salmon, chopped
  • ½ cup Wonderful Halos Mandarins
  • ⅔ cup cooked or freeze-dried corn
  • ⅔ cup baby arugula
  • ⅔ cup cooked quinoa
  • ¼ cup raisins
  • ¼ cup toasted pepitas
  • ½ cup diced Roma tomatos
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • one large basil leaf, chiffonade
  • pinch of salt and pepper
  • your choice of salad dressing


  • Cook your quinoa and corn (if necessary).
  • While your quinoa cooks, chop your salmon, peel your Wonderful Halos Mandarins, chop your arugula, dice your tomatoes & chiffonade your basil leaf.
  • Dress your tomatoes in 1 tablespoon balsamic, 2 teaspoons olive oil, basil and salt and pepper.
  • Portion your pepitas and currents, combine and set aside.  
  • Portion the rest of your ingredients, keeping them each separate for your final presentation.
  • Once your quinoa has finished cooking, remove from stove and set aside.
  • Assemble your salad. If you want to stick to the format of the original recipe follow the image below and snap a picture of your masterpiece. Make sure to tag myself and @halosfun on Instagram if you make the recipe!
  • Top with your choice of dressing, mix and enjoy!

A kid friendly tip: David tends to be more curious about food when we separate each item. Check out how I deconstructed this recipe for him below.

For David:

  • Diced tomatoes (no balsamic or basil)
  • Wonderful Halos Mandarins
  • Quinoa
  • Corn
  • Raisins
  • Snap Peas

What are your go to healthy recipes when you’re at home with your little ones? We’d love to hear your tips in the comments below!