Not just a load of limp lettuce!

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If that’s what your salads look like then it’s time to jazz up your salads!

Lets start with the basics. Salad leaves. If all you do is add chopped lettuce then it’s going to get boring very soon. Try a bag of mixed leaves. Try spinach, try watercress, try them all together.

Remember you can use most vegetables in salad. You can swap cucumber for courgette for a crunchy twist, add radishes for a little spice, put in raw sliced mushrooms (which are best if dressed beforehand), grated carrot, bell peppers of all colours…

Cheese can be a good option. I find it best to go for something with a distinctive flavour, a blue cheese or a salty feta.

Another thing you can add are nuts, or any kind or seeds. Unsalted pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds give salads a great texture.

I nearly forgot fruit, fruit can give a sweet and or sharp tang to your salad. My mother-in-law likes orange segments, I prefer pomegranate or blueberries. Apples and pears are more traditional options especially if added with blue cheese and walnuts.

Don’t forget there are lots of types of dressing. You can jazz up the classic vinagrette by using different vinegars (balsamic, sherry, fruit …) or swapping vinegar for lemon juice. Or you can be even more radical and use honey and mustard. Here’s my favourite dressing which is especially good with lentil salad;

1 tsp of unrefined sea salt

1 tbsp balsamic vinegar

1 tsp tahini

1 tsp dijon mustard

3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil.

Shake it all up, leave it to settle for a while, then shake it all up again and pour it over your salad.

Hope you enjoy your salads more now!

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