As you may already know, as part of Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, I was one of 10 people selected to put my spin on 10 of Jamie’s favourite staple recipes. This is a task right up my alley as I just love the endless possibilities of food creation. So my next JamieOliver.com recipe ‘to save your life’ is a ‘simple green salad’.
I serve a simple green salad with most meals I make, especially in winter. Really, “salad in winter I hear you ask?” Absolutely – nature has given us an abundance of greens in winter for a reason, to keep our immune systems strong. Plus, the addition of a acid (citrus/vinegar) and oil dressing improves the absorption of fat soluble vitamins from your whole meal.
I find I cook more stodgy meals – casseroles, bakes, curries, slow cooks in winter and a simple green salad just lifts the meal and adds a little freshness. Many people think a salad needs lots of ingredients but it doesn’t, especially when you have cooked vegetables in your main meal.
I also love to add toasted seeds to my salads, it is a really simple way to add texture and crunch, as well as nourishing essential fats, vitamins and minerals.
So here it is, one of my favourite, very simple green salads.
A big bowl of greens (I work off a big handful per person). You can choose one green but I love to use a heap of different leaves and herbs. Edible flowers are also a beautiful addition.
1 cup of sunflower, pumpkin and sesame seeds, toasted
¼ cup orange juice
Zest of one orange
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons aged balsamic vinegar
Good pinch sea salt and grind of black pepper
It really doesn’t get a whole lot more simple than that!
For other awesome, easy to make and healthy salad dressings, click HERE.
TIP – I wash my leaves when I get home from the market with my weekly shop. I wash them, spin in the salad spinner and then store them in a large airtight container lined with paper towel. They stay fresh all week and are ready to eat. It saves me time and money.
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