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Here's a good, basic list of items needed to outfit a new kitchen: http://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-set-...-kitchn-208432
This is a pretty handy method for making salads for the week: Put them in jars: http://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-pack...-kitchn-192174
And here are several recipes that show you the variety of salads you can make. Just choose the ingredient combinations that appeal to you: http://villagegreennetwork.com/17-ma...r-salad-ideas/
If you can't get canning jars there, any pint container with a lid will work; taller ones work better because they will keep the more delicate ingredients out of the dressing so they won't get soggy. You can combine a salad with soup or stew, as others have suggested, and have some bread to soak up the last of the dressing
Hope this helps.