When I am invited to a pot luck dinner, I am the go to salad girl. I take it as a compliment that hopefully means my salads are pretty good and I guess because we have at least one salad with most meals that is probably down to the fact I have had a lot of practice.
I was talking to my trainer the other day about salads and she bemoaned that her salads were becoming unadventurous and that she need to get a few more ideas. I then explained how I generally put basic family salads together, which seemed obvious to me, but as she thought it was a wonderful new idea I realised it may not be so obvious. So here is the easy way I use to think about how you put salads together in a hope that this will help you make your salads a bit more interesting. Add at least one item from each category and I guarantee your salads will be delicious. The lists below are not exhaustive, add your own favourites from each category.
1. START WITH YOUR MAIN BULKING INGREDIENT:
So add first what will form the main bulk of your salad; choose from lettuce, cabbage, kale, silverbeet, broccoli, cauliflower, rocket, roasted root vegetables (plus numerous others) – any of these ingredients individually or in combination.
2. ADD YOUR SECONDARY BULKING INGREDIENT:
This will be the other veges that add colour and flavour; tomatoes, cucumbers, carrot – matchsticks or grated, avocado, beans, grated beetroot, capsicums.
3. ADD TEXTURE
Now add some texture – foods that may add crunch or a surprising mouth feel such as; halloumi cheese, feta, toasted seeds, nuts, parmesan, crispy bacon or proscuitto, croutons.
4. ADD FLAVOUR
Lastly add some concentrated hits of flavour; green herbs, sliced fennel, olives, sundried tomatoes, capers, artichokes, spring onion, thinly sliced red or white onion, anchovies, dried fruit, fried shallot, blue cheese, fresh fruit.
Then just whip up a dressing from our Only Salad Dressings You’ll Ever Need and you’re set!