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!