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The Perfect Make-Ahead Italian Lunch

The anatomy of a make-ahead Italian lunch you'll be recreating over and over.

Prepping lunches ahead of time is always a life-saver, but finding new inspiration on a weekly basis can be tough. Never fear - this Italian lunch formula will give you something fresh and flavorful to nosh on week after week.

Behold, the Herby Cannellini Bean Salad. Canned Cannellini beans are the real star of this lunch in terms of satiety, flavor and heartiness. Toss a can of them with your favorite fresh herbs, spices and olive oil, then let it hangout in the fridge overnight for maximum marinated flavor. The beans transform into a delicious bite as they take on the flavor of the herbs and seasonings, and it holds up in the fridge for days. 

herby white bean salad

Get any of your favorite greens (we love Tuscan kale because it holds up well throughout the day!), add a bit of lemon juice for that hit of brightness, and top it with your marinated beans. Finish it with a bit of feta cheese and marinated artichokes if you have them, and boom - lunch is served.

Use any of your favorite flavorful pantry staples to add unique flavor to this dish week after week. Switch up the herbs and seasonings, add any olives or spreads you desire, and use any lettuce you've got. It would make a great filling for lettuce cups, or even piled on to some pita chips!

Lunch is served - buon appetito!

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