What do you mean ‘salad for dinner’?

You’ve just been told you’re having salad for dinner. Now tell me it didn’t conjure up miserable images of bitter shredded Iceberg lettuce and half-moons of joyless cucumber, dotted with insipid chunks of greenhouse tomatoes if you’re lucky.

joy-free salad
Mmmm mmmmmm.

I don’t consider myself to be a massive salad fan, and I think the above is the reason. It doesn’t need to be quite so sad. I’ve recently realised that I sulk a lot less at the prospect of salad for dinner if at least one element of it is warm: chickpeas gently heated with some cumin and coriander; freshly barbecued veggies; roasted shredded meat.

The other aspect to which you must give SERIOUS consideration is the dressing. A good dressing compliments and brings together all the ingredients and can take a salad to new heights. If I had to choose, I would go as far to say that the dressing is the most important part.

So the salads that I’m looking forward to dining on this season are:

  • Crispy duck with hoisin dressing
  • Prawn cocktail
  • Spicy cauliflower, mango and chickpea
  • Avocado and feta
  • Chorizo, sweetcorn and black bean
  • Spicy chicken and butternut squash
  • Twisted Nicoise with asparagus, and tomato polenta croutons
  • Fennel, courgette and pea with goats’ cheese
  • Lentil and chickpea salad
  • Falafel salad with tahini dressing

Mmmm, crispy duck … think I will start with that one!

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  1. Pingback: Hoisin crispy duck salad | The Other Bread & Milk

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