I’ll be the first to admit, i’m in a salad rut. As you can tell from other blogs I’ve posted, I’m not the most healthy eater, although from time to time I do try to eat more salads, but i’m generally not too creative with them. I find myself defaulting to lettuce, rocket, mini tomatoes, cucumber, feta, mozarella and avocado. I need to shake it up a bit.
After reading this post on breaking comfort zones from Melanie Chisnall (go check out her blog by the way!), I felt totally inspired to make a healthy weekly menu. As we’re heading in to Summer, we tend to gravitate towards lighter food, so I want to try make salads interesting for us. I quickly consulted some of my favourite cookbooks, and recall seeing a few ‘build a salad’ ideas from ‘A Modern Way to Eat‘ by Anna Jones, as well as in ‘Ministry of Food‘ by Jamie Oliver. The result? I put my own spin on this and have created this salad strategy to help keep things fresh!
The Salad Strategy
Create your own delicious salad in these six easy steps:
- Choose your base.
- Add some leafy herbs.
- Add some veggies to keep it healthy – try to use seasonal veggies to help the budget and try different methods of preparing them: steam, fry, roast, boil etc.
- Add some flavour.
- Add some crunch for texture.
- Dress your salad with your favourite dressing.
|Note: the above chart is merely a guideline, obviously there are more ingredients than what I’ve listed, go wild!|
Here are a few suggestions I think will be superb:
- Lettuce, roasted butternut, feta cheese, toasted pumpkin seeds, rocket, balsamic vinegar (this would also be epic with quinoa or cous cous instead of lettuce!)
- Spinach, basil, avocados, strawberries, walnuts, olive oil & honey
- Watercress, basil, red onions, caramelised figs, goat’s cheese, toasted hazelnuts, balsamic vinegar
- Pasta shells, dill, peas, corn on the cob, tuna, cheddar cheese, toasted seeds, mayonnaise
- Baby potatoes, parsley, garlic, egg, bacon, onions, anchovies, mayonnaise
I hope you’ve found this useful, I’ve printed this and keep this on our fridge for daily inspiration.
Let me know your favourite combinations!