So I had an amazing birthday yesterday! I went into school yesterday and my class made me an awesome card (with an illustration of me jumping in the air with all my favourite healthy foods – LOVE) along with a fruit salad surprise party with sweet berries, bananas and crisp grapes! What a perfect way to start the day?!
Salads are my favourite go-to’s for lunch. Not only are the super good for you but they are super easy if you’ve got the ingredients on hand.
Plus, they have the added bonus of making them perfect for you! Love avocado? Chuck some right in! Not a big fan on peppers? Why not try roast zucchini or aubergine? Want some extra oomph? How about quinoa or sweet potatoes!
The Ultimate Side Salad vegan, gluten free, dairy free
Pack of leaves (you can also use spinach, lettuce, etc.)
1/2 bell pepper, sliced
1/2 cucumber, sliced
Handful of cherry tomatoes, halved
1 carrot, grated
1 corn cob
Extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper, to taste
Optional (to make it a main meal)
Want it heartier? sweet potatoes (my favourite!), quinoa, brown rice, any letover grains.
Want to add something warm? roasted vegetables (aubergine and zucchini work nicely)
Want a protein punch? Boiled/ poached egg (a runny yolk means it’s extra creamy!), leftover chicken, salmon, smoked mackerel, quinoa, black beans, chickpeas.
Different dressing? Balsamic or tahini is the one for you!
Mix the leaves with all the vegetables and dress well.
If not serving straight away, keep the dressing the the side and also scoop the seeds out the cucumber!
14 thoughts on “The Ultimate Side Salad”
What better birthday could exist indeed?
Exactly how I felt!
yumm!!! Simple fresh and delicious 🙂 Happy birthay
Thank you! 🙂
Healthy and tasty meal!
Hey Millie, was going through your blog and juz loved ur Fish recipes esp. tuna Salad (mayo free) in Chicory Cups, keep the good work on 🙂
Great post and happy birthday. I’ve somehow managed to continue eating salads for lunch right through winter. Now Spring is here I’m going to up my game (more salads on my blog). I find the trick with salads is always seasoning them right, salt, pepper, oil etc. Tom 🙂
Thanks Tom! I always seem to find myself bringing salads all year round too since they are so easy to make!
Happy Birthday! Nuts are a nice “protein punch” too. To mix it up, some other favorite salad toppings of mine are goat cheese and/or fruit (blueberries, strawberries, apples, tangerines, grapes…).
Ooh I love fruits in salad too – strawberries are lovely!
A belated happy birthday to you! I recently celebrated my birthday too and also had a salad for lunch – definitely the way to go! Hope you had a great day.
Besma (Curiously Conscious)
This salad looks like exactly what I need! Happy belated birthday Millie!!!!
Thank you so much Cynthia!