This low-carb meal-prep version of the classic composed salad comes together in about 10 minutes thanks to a handful of shortcut ingredients, like pretrimmed green beans and prepared olive tapenade. With a whopping 41 grams of protein per serving, these bowls will keep hunger at bay all afternoon. To switch things up, feel free to swap in canned tuna or leftover roasted salmon for the shrimp. We love going to Trader Joe's for fast shortcut ingredients--see Tip (below) for our product recommendations.

Source:, December 2019


Recipe Summary

10 mins
10 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Microwave haricots verts (or other green beans) according to package instructions (this will take 2 to 4 minutes); set aside to cool.

  • Cut eggs in half; set aside.

  • Measure 2 tablespoons tapenade into each of 4 small lidded containers and refrigerate.

  • Divide the beans among 4 single-serving lidded containers with lids. Top each with 3 egg halves and one-fourth of the cherry tomatoes. Seal the containers and refrigerate for up to 4 days.

  • In the morning before taking your lunch to go, transfer one-fourth of the shrimp (about 1 cup) to a colander and run under cool water until thawed, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the thawed shrimp to one meal-prep container. Add a lemon wedge to the container, if desired. Squeeze the lemon over the bowl, if using, and top with tapenade just before serving.


Tip: If you shop at Trader Joe's, use this product to make this recipe: Traditional Olive Tapenade.

To make ahead: Prepare bowls through Step 4 and refrigerate for up to 4 days. Defrost shrimp and add to bowls just before serving (or in the morning when packing lunch).

Nutrition Facts

1 meal-prep container & 2 Tbsp. tapenade each
305 calories; protein 40.8g; carbohydrates 13.2g; dietary fiber 3.1g; sugars 7.2g; fat 10.3g; saturated fat 2.2g; cholesterol 475.4mg; vitamin a iu 2136.8IU; vitamin c 32mg; folate 66.7mcg; calcium 151.9mg; iron 4.3mg; magnesium 35mg; potassium 712.3mg; sodium 624mg; thiamin 0.1mg.

4 lean protein, 1 1/2 vegetable, 1 medium-fat protein