How To Make A Salad Interesting.

Eat more salad

It might seem unseasonal, but for me, a side salad is an easy go to bulk out a meal. Now if I was eating alone and I didn’t have much time, I fully admit I would just bung a handful of prewashed lettuce on my plate. But if I have time, which I normally do (this doesn’t take very long), I throw a few extra bits. Salads can be exciting, or they can be boring, they can be a main, a starter or a side and the possibilities are endless. Here are my top tips on how to make a side salad interesting…

the perfect side salad

Base

There will be a type of lettuce that is your favourite or your go to. That is absolutely fine, either stick to what you know you like, pair it with another leafy green or if you’re getting bored of the familiar… try something unusual. The options are endless, here are some of our go to’s:
– iceberg,
– endive
– marinated kale (simply wash and remove stalks then massage in lemon juice, olive oil, salt, and pepper)
– mixed leaf
– butter lettuce
– white or red cabbage

Colour

Whether you’re going for a green salad or adding in some coloured veg. Having more than one tone in your salad is going to make it more pleasing to the eye, which will make you want to eat it more. Try and pick some seasonal veg and just through it in. Here we added in radishes as we had some that needed to be eaten in the fridge and they looks so great against the green. But you could use:
– carrot
– sweet corn is one of our favourites
– pepper
– sundried tomatoes
– roasted red pepper
– beetroot
– berries
– apple

Texture

With any meal, texture keeps things interesting. Pairing something crispy with something soft, smooth with crunchy, the list goes on. The same applies for a salad. Any salad. Playing with different texture combinations can really elevate a dish. For example adding:
– croutons
– soft cheese (mozzarella is our go to!)
– bacon bits
– edamame
– roasted vegetables
– noodles/pasta
– potato
– chicken, beef, salmon, tofu,
– nuts and seeds

Change the way to chop

This sounds silly but you can make such a difference changing the way you slice what you’re adding to your dish. If you normally cut your cherry tomatoes, throw them in whole. If you slice your spring onions into circles why not shred them into long, thin slices. Try peeling not just the skin off your cucumber, but the cucumber itself, use a mandolin to thinly slice or grate the carrot.

Pair your side salad with whatever you fancy, I had some leftover roast chicken and added some greek yoghurt on the side. A really simple meal that I looked forward to eating.

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3 Comments

  1. January 16, 2017 / 10:23

    This salad looks delicious! Thank you for sharing x

    Jessica — NinetyCo 

    • January 17, 2017 / 21:32

      Thanks for ready Jessica :)… I’m glad you like it! xx

  2. January 16, 2017 / 15:27

    This sounds like a great way of making a salad dressing, sometimes they can be a little boring!

    Rachael xx.
    theteacozykitchen.blogspot.co.uk

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