Salads are confusing things. What are they? Where do they come from? How can a salad be hot?
I don’t really know the answer to any of these questions. Honestly, I’ve no clue what makes a salad a salad, all I know is they taste good and they’re healthy. Win, win!
In this post I break salads into three different categories: The Mixed Vegetable salad, the Grain-based salad and the hot salad. This post will focus on the mixed veg. salad.
Mixed Vegetable Salad
This is your traditional chopped salad of vegetables, seeds and maybe some nuts and a dressing or vinaigrette. It’s hugely versatile, uses a selection of vegetables (and sometimes fruit like avocados) and is normally served as a starter or main course though it may also be presented as a side dish.
Although salads are infamous for being plan, leafy and full of vegetables there is another thing that every salad needs and that is protein. If you eat meat that’s perfectly fine, just add some of your favourite to the dish. If you eat eggs, boil a couple, let them cool and then chop them up and mix them in. If you don’t eat either you can add tofu or other meat substitutes. Seeds, nuts and beans are another crazy simple way of adding protein to your dish without making it less healthy.
Making the Salad
First start with some leafy greens as a base. I normally use spinach or lettuce but you can also use kale etc.
Add some colour in the form of raw carrots, tomatoes and bell peppers. Don’t feel limited, the great thing about this salad is that anything goes!
For extra flavour chop some asparagus, spring onion or sweet corn.
You can now add some more greens like cucumber, celery or sweet peas!
I like to drizzle with salad dressing at this point*. I’ll publish a salad dressings post soon but for the moment try out some of your own dressing and find out what you like.
Finally sprinkle with your favourite seeds, nuts, beans etc. for protein.
*You could alternatively put on the dressing after the final step. I like to do it beforehand so that the seeds will stick to the sauce and will be easier to scoop up off the plate. This is especially helpful when using tiny seeds such as cress.
That’s how to make an amazing simple, healthy salad without needing a recipe. Tomorrow I’ll be sharing my insights on how to create the perfect Grain-based Salad so be sure to check back!
What’s your favourite kind of salad? Are there any salad types I’ve left out? (I know there are!) Let me know what topics you want me to cover next time!