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Fabulous fried feta


"Roll cubed feta in some flour, and fry in some oil for three/four minutes until golden and crispy on the sides. Add to salad and eat."
  • Red onion
  • Spinach
  • Mixed colour tomatoes
  • Cucumber
  • Oregano and basil - drizzled with red wine vinegar and some black pepper 

In the jar

"I'm trying to make mine look more exciting so I've been having salads in a jar. Everyone has said how nice they look."

  • Lettuce
  • Cucumber
  • Tomatoes
  • Apple
  • Crayfish tails / smoked salmon
  • Celery
  • Red pepper
  • Boiled egg 

Roasted and toasted


  • Sweet potato/pumpkin, roasted in small cubes
  • Baby gem lettuce or spinach 
  • Feta or goats cheese
  • Crispy bacon
  • Toasted pine nuts
  • Grilled mushrooms 
"Serve with a light dressing, like French, and add chickpeas for a bit of protein."

Seeds, fruits and leaves


  • Cucumber
  • Cauliflower
  • Broccoli
  • Red pepper
  • Tomato
  • Small shallot, finely chopped
  • Can of chickpeas/cooked lentils/mixed bean salad, well drained
  • Handful chopped feta 
  • Half handful dried cranberries 
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Dressing: 3 tablespoons of olive oil plus 1 tablespoon each of maple syrup, mustard and white wine vinegar. Combine thoroughly, pour over salad, mix well. 
"This is really good for packed lunches as it transports well."

Low carb combo


  • Sugar snap peas, sliced in half
  • Radish, grated
  • Cucumber, batoned thinly
  • Spring onion, sliced thinly 
  • Dressing: 2 tbsp cider vinegar and 1 tsp honey
"It is yummy! We have it with grilled chicken breast or halloumi."

The goat's cheese gamechanger


"I actually never ate a salad until a few months ago. I went into a cafe and they had a huge sign with a goat's cheese salad so I thought I would try it. Oh my GOD, it was the most amazing thing I have ever tasted."
  • Mixed leaves - loads of rocket and dark leaves
  • Sun dried tomatoes 
  • Warm goat's cheese
  • Bacon bits
  • Balsamic dressing 
  • Pine nuts

Chuck everything in


  • Mixed leaves
  • Cucumber
  • Broccoli
  • Cherry tomato
  • Red onion
  • Leftover roast chicken
  • Cheese, cut up small
  • A few cashews
  • Grapes
"Add a teaspoon of pesto drizzled over and a spoon of hummus on the side with a toasted wholemeal pitta." 

Make ahead meal

"Best if made an hour before eating."

  • One large head of broccoli, cut into florets 
  • 1 small red onion, chopped 
  • 6 slices cooked bacon, crumbled 
  • 60g dried cranberries 
  • 35g sunflower seeds 
  • 70g almonds, toasted in a dry pan
  • Dressing: 4 fl oz/125g mayonnaise, 75g white sugar, 3 tbsp red wine vinegar

Griddled chicken pasta salad


  • Griddled chicken
  • Bacon
  • Wholewheat pasta
  • Baby plum tomatoes
  • Salad onions
  • Red peppers
  • Cucumber
  • Sweetcorn
  • Avocado
  • Hard boiled eggs
  • Beetroot
  • Green pesto

"I usually drizzle balsamic vinegar or olive oil as the dressing."

Reds and greens


  • Rocket leaves
  • Red onion, sliced thinly
  • Watercress
  • Red pepper, sliced thinly
  • Hard boiled egg
  • Cucumber
  • Red grapes
  • Dressing: homemade honey and mustard (tsp honey, tsp grain mustard, cider vinegar - shake till mixed)
"I love strong flavours so tend to avoid tomato as it can be a bit insipid (unless sundried in oil which is yummy). Add some coleslaw or home made potato salad and you have a brilliant meal."

Boozy bacon


"I must admit with salads I like to get big portions with the least amount of calories."

  • Spinach + any other leaves you have to hand
  • Cucumber
  • Red pepper
  • Celery
  • Mushrooms
  • Spring Onion
  • Beetroot
  • Avocado mixed with a tsp of honey and 2 tsp wholegrain mustard
  • Bacon glazed with bourbon and maple syrup 
  • Croutons


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Last updated: over 2 years ago