I overheard someone the other day saying that they found salads boring. This made me feel a little sad. With such a diversity of flavours and endless possibilities of combinations how can salads become boring? I thought the days of salads comprised of iceberg lettuce, cucumber and tomato had long since passed. Seemingly not.
I have a simple formula for my salads: green leaf, 3 or more additions – ideally different colours and a dressing – preferably with one ingredient that is a fermented food. Often one ingredient that is hot e.g.roasted butternut squash
Different dressings I make: (a splash of each in to a small jar and shaken)
Tamari (gluten-free soy sauce), apple cider vinegar and olive oil
Tahini, apple cider vinegar and tamari
Peanut butter and apple cider vinegar
Avocado oil drizzle
Lime juice and olive oil
Here are a selection of the salads we have eaten over the last couple of weeks:
A: papaya, roasted butternut squash, watercress, olives, tomatoes and olive oil and lime dressing
B: Beetroot houmous and chia seed oatcakes with avocado, tomatoes, olives and watercress
A: Apricot, pomegranate seeds, mange tout, houmous, tomatoes, olives and rocket with avocado oil drizzle
B:Tomatoes, mange tout, yellow pepper, watercress and houmous – no dressing
A: peas shoots, watercress, avocado, tomatoes and mange tout with olive oil, tamari and apple cider vinegar dressing
B: shredded carrots, red and white cabbage, hen and quail eggs, avocado, tomatoes and houmous with drizzle of olive oil
A: rocket, watercress, avocado, apricot, roasted butternut squash with peanut butter and apple cider vinegar dressing
B: carrot sticks, houmous, mango, tomatoes, avocado, beetroot and avocado oil drizzle.
…definitely not boring!!
What is your favourite salad combination?