Anything goes super salad
This recipe is designed to inspire creativity in you next salad!
- Mixed green leaves -of any kind! Torn or roughly chopped.
- Sometimes, especially when I've done another dish with lots of vegetables, this is it for the salad. I love fresh greens with a great dressing -see below. Plus the extra nourishment you derive from your meal is well worth the minimal effort.
- Optional sprouts (buckwheat, snow pea or any large variety)
- Optional fresh basil or parsley (shredded, torn or finely chopped)
- Optional vine ripened tomatoe/s (cherry, grape or small truss) quartered
- Optional red capsicum/s -finely sliced
- Optional radish -finely sliced
- Optional avocado/s -diced
- Optional red or white cabbage -shredded
- Optional roasted diced sweet potato or pumpkin
- Optional carrot/s -grated or julienne
- Optional zucchini/s -raw grated, julienne or roasted
- Optional fennel -finely sliced
- Optional cucumber -diced or sliced
- Optional broccoli or cauliflower -small florets (cooked or raw)
- Optional peas (snow peas, sugar snaps)
- Optional red or spring onion -thinly sliced
- Optional toasted or raw nuts or seeds (almonds, cashews, walnuts, pecans, sunflower, sesame or pumpkin seeds)
- Optional toasted buckwheat -gives a nice crunch
- Optional olives
- Optional Semi sun-dried tomatoes
- Optional feta cheese crumbled or Parmesan cheese (shaved with a peeler) or goat cheese
- Optional adding any type of protein to this can turn this side salad into a very healthy meal
- Optional add drained and rinsed chickpeas, canellini beans or any other bean or legume
- Optional add leftover brown rice or quinoa
- Optional edible flower petals are a must for me, but I do grow them - they are just too pretty!
- 1 part acids such as red wine vinegar or aged balsamic vinegar or lemon juice or lime juice eg; 2 Tbs
- 2 parts extra virgin cold pressed olive oil or macadamia nut, avocado or flaxseed oil (eg; 4 Tbs)
- Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
- If using lemon or lime juice you can include the finely grated zest too for added flavour, nutrition and a big immune boost.
Make it creamy
Add a teaspoon of dijon mustard (it won't add spice, just a creaminess much like a french dressing)
Try another acid
Why not try another vinegar. I love to experiment with different kinds of vinegar. I love Chardonnay vinegar (in fact I love anything Chardonnay!), raspberry vinegar, apple cider vinegar or any others...limited only by your imagination so experiment.
You can always make a few days worth of dressing and keep in the fridge.