Homemade salad is good, let's face it. But salads are not boring, they are healthy (made properly) and there's a reason why many health bloggers, nutritionists and health advocates eat salad. They taste good, they are easy to make, they're filling and are packed full of fiber, nutrients, greens, veggies and healthy fats.
Salads can have a darker side too. Many fast food chain sell salads and often they are accompanied by unhealthy dressing an that's where it can go wrong. They often also lack protein and colour. Iceberg lettuce is not the most nutritional food after all.
So, here's a classic that we've made and fallen in love with.
- 1 cup of mixed salad leaves
- 1 baby gem, leaves separated (adds a crunch)
- 1-2 organic eggs, boiled and quartered
- 5 cherry tomatoes, halved
- 150g organic, free range chicken, cooked and sliced
- 100g cheese, cubed (I used organic Stilton)
- 1 avocado, destoned, peeled and sliced
- 3 bacon rashers, cooked and cut in large pieces
- Salad dressing - this is a simple dressing that I use time and time again
- 1 tablespoon mayonnaise (homemade)
- 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 120ml olive oil
- Salt and pepper
- Make the dressing by adding all of the ingredients in a jam jar, give it a good shake and it's done.
- Assemble the salad, as shown but any other way will do. It won't affect the taste. Drizzle with some of the dressing and enjoy.