The weather’s getting warmer and salads are everywhere. The problem is, salads can get a bit, well, boring when you eat a lot of them. So what’s a slimmer to do to keep things interesting? Well, how about jazzing it up with… wait for it… fruit?!
I know, it seems a bit weird to have fruit with a load of vegetables, but bear with me here, and I think you’ll find you like it once you give it a try.
It’s the easiest thing in the world to through together a salad, but you don’t have to just stick to a handful of limp lettuce and some soggy cucumber. Try mixing it up with any combination of things that takes your fancy. Have a look at a few of these, and pull it together for something a bit different:
Make up the bulk of your salad from any combination of as many of these as you fancy (and don’t be limited by just these either:
Bulk (choose speed food as much as possible):
- Lettuce (S) – try iceburg, lambs leaf, raddichio, rocket, endive or any manner of leafy green
- Cabbage (S) – finely slice up white and red cabbage to add some crunch and colour
- Carrot (S) – grate it, cut in into sticks or rounds, or have whole baby carrots
- Cucumber (S) – slice it in discs or ribbons or curls
- Radishes (S) – try all the different shades of pink, purple and red
- Peppers (S) – red, green, orange or yellow – take your pick!
- Baby spinach (S) – delicate, flavoursome
- Beetroot (S) – pickled or fresh, sliced, grated or whole – you choose
- Baby corn (S) – corn kernals are free, but pick baby corn and it’s a speed food!
- Celery (S) – a crunchy classic
- Cress (S) – sprinkle it on liberally
- Red onions (S) – go for swwet varieties and slice them thinly
- Spring onions (S) – a light, fresh flavour
- Potatoes (F) – boil or steam some salad potatoes and serve them hot or cold
- Sugar snap peas or mangetout (S) – regular peas would be a free food, but choose speed wherever possible!
- Tomatoes (S) – sweet and juicy
- Leftover roast chicken or turkey (P)
- Pulled pork (P)
- Pastrami (P)
- Ham (P)
- Finely sliced roast beef (P)
- Eggs (P) – hard boiled, soft boiled, poached – however you like them!
- Salmon, tuna, or mackerel (P)
Cheese (optional – use your HEa):
- Parmesan shavings
- soft / cottage cheese
Fruit (add one or two for some extra zing – don’t just be limited by these choices either!):
- Passion fruit (S)
- Pomegranate (F)
- Raspberries (S)
- Strawberries (S)
- Apple or pear (S)
- Pineapple (F)
- Mango (F)
- Melon (S)
- Dragon fruit (F)
- Sharon fruit
- Grapes (F)
- Citrus fruit segments (S)
- Nectarine or peach (S)
- Blackberries (S)
- Blueberries (F)
- Plums (S)
- Guava (S)
- Papaya (S)
- Kiwi Fruit (F)
- Kumquats (F)
The possibilities of flavour combinations are endless – just mix and match to suit what takes your fancy or use what you have to hand.