Recently I’ve really come to appreciate a good salad. Salad is one of those things you pooh-pooh when you’re young, when you can chow down half a Domino’s pizza at lunch without any thought for the consequences, when a salad is considered boring rabbit food, when “why bother to make a salad when it’s easy to put ham and cheese in between two slices of bread and be done with it?”. But once you creep into your late 20’s, you start to worry about that day your metabolism starts going backwards. As part of my diet revamp I vowed to eat less bread at lunch (especially the sort where you don’t know what it was baked with), and more alternative high fibre, low GI carbs – cue the wild rice, sweet potato, quinoa and so on.
The key to a good salad, I’ve realised, is the yin yang thing. Contrast your flavours, textures and colours; juxtapose gooey with crunchy, cooked with raw, sweet with spicy. And of course, take an interest in nutrition and play the food doctor, mixing and matching ingredients to address your ailments. Here are four of my rejuvenating salads that I created for Farmison recently:
Mixed Beetroot Salad – try this if you’re anaemic and tired.
Kale and Cous Cous Salad – we all know kale is amazing - it has more iron gram for gram than beef – plus this salad is packed with all kinds of antioxidant goodness.
Cold Soba Noodle Salad with Rose Veal – if you need a protein fix, try veal which is naturally lower in fat than beef. Plus soba noodles are made from saintly buckwheat flour (low GI, high in protein, gluten free).
Grilled Radicchio, Apricot and Goat’s Cheese Salad – if you’re trying to eat less, try this salad. The full flavours of the bitter radicchio, caramelised apricot and creamy goat’s cheese will satisfy your appetite quickly.