Salad Days

I've been making an effort this past week to eat 'healthy'. I am generally a healthy eater, but I do have a sweet tooth and a weakness for all things bready which needs reigning in every now and again.  So I wanted to try and swap those lunchtime sandwiches for something a little different and frankly, a bit more exciting. My answer is salad. I'm not talking about a few sad lettuce leaves and slices of cucumber here: I'm talking big salads. A proper salad will fill you up, take you over-and-above the recommended 5 portions of fruit and veg a day and, most importantly, will taste absolutely delicious.

You don't need a recipe either. Just follow your instincts: pair up what's in your fridge with what is in season and readily available to buy. Shake up a quick dressing in an old jam jar: olive oil & balsamic vinegar, olive oil & lemon juice, a bit of mustard, some chopped herbs maybe? Should you need it, here is some inspiration to set you on your merry way, and if you're a happier fellow following a recipe, just click on the image credits.

Beetroot Salad with Caper Dressing

Spinach | Beetroot | Brussel Sprouts | Pear | Potato | Capers| Goats Cheese | Olive Oil | Balsamic Vinegar | Chilli Flakes

Image via SweetPaul

Potato Salad

Potato | Cucumber | Artichoke | Micro Leaves | Coriander | Almonds | Garlic | Parmesan | Balsamic Vinegar

Image via Donna Hay

Winter Millet Salad

Millet | Pumpkin | Hazelnuts | Avocado | Broccoli | Pomegranate | Basil | Parsley | Garlic | Lemon | Olive Oil

Image via Green Kitchen Stories

Carrot and Avocado Salad

Carrot | Cumin | Chilli | Garlic | Thyme | Orange | Lemon | Avocado | Leaves | Cress | Natural Yoghurt | Seeds | Red Wine Vinegar | White Wine Vinegar | Olive Oil

Image via Jamie Oliver

Winter vegetable salad

Onion | Sweet Potato | Carrot | Parsnip | Celery | Beetroot | Walnuts | Parsley | Feta | Lemon Juice | Dijon Mustard | Balsamic Vinegar | Olive Oil

Image via Food & Wine

Quinoa and fennel salad

 Quinoa | Fennel | Lemon Juice | Cumin | Lemon | Chilli | Mint | Dill | Pomegranate |Parsley

Image via Bon Appetit