Healthy Quick and Easy recipe Salad
Summertime Picnic - Superfood Salad7/19/2013
This has been the majority of my conversations this week: "Hot isn't it?" "Yep" "Pub?" "Pub....
This has been the majority of my conversations this week:
"Hot isn't it?"
Beer gardens are full, people are having barbeques, I've seen more man chests than I care to count. It's officially summer and I'm loving it. It's like the whole country is on holiday. We run out of work each day like it's the last day of school, fling off our shoes, show more flesh than should be socially acceptable in public and embrace every single last ray.
Well most of us do. Yesterday I saw a man in a rain coat. Some people have no faith.
So here we are, packing up picnics, buying disposable barbeques and making the most of it whilst it lasts. You hear that a lot: "Make the most of it whilst it lasts." People also like to quote the highest recorded temperature to you and everyone smells of sunshine & suncream (not that I'm going around sniffing people. That would be weird.)
So I'm totally getting my salad on lately. Partly because there's no way in hell I'm putting the oven on when the kitchen already is one. Plus, there's something lovely about eating a nice cold salad as the sun shines down on you.
This one is easily packed up in a lunchbox and taken on a picnic too, which I did. Into my garden because the car has broken down. No slightly squished sandwiches and pork pies for us. This was served with a nice cold
What is a superfood? I'm going out on on a limb and saying that it's pretty much anything good for you. I'm probably wrong and I'll probably get an email telling me exactly what a superfood is. But I like to think that this bad boy is pretty super.
Helps that it tastes damn fine.
If you like salads that is.
Wanna hear a nice bit of irony? Inspiration for this post came from a dish I had at a pizza restaurant. This serves two.
YOU WILL NEED:
big handful of spinach leaves
Handful of salad leaves
200g chopped butternut squash (I made mine into pretty triangles. Look!)
1 large carrot
1 yellow pepper
4 tablespoons cooked lentils
2 spring onions.
Teaspoon of cranberry sauce.
Juice of 1/2 lemon
FIRST OF ALL
Prep all your vegetables. This includes, removing the flesh from your avocado and chopping it up, chopping up your butternut squash, slicing your spring onions, peppers, tomato and carrots, and washing it all with your salad leaves. Now, drizzle it with lemon juice to keep it from going brown and manky.
You'll need to do some cooking. I obviously cooked my lentils and I steamed my butternut squash using an odd shaped microwave contraption. But it's also really nice roasted. Go for what you'd prefer.
NOT BERRY HARD
Put everything in a giant bowl and give it a good mix, this includes the lentils, steamed squash and your cheese of choice - I used mozzarella because I had some leftover. It went really well so I can't complain. Drizzle with a little balsamic vinegar & olive oil. Top with Cranberry sauce. (Trust me on this. You don't need much at all.)
SERVE OR PACK
If you're taking it on a picnic, I'd store it in the fridge and make it no more than a day in advance. Beetroot goes nice in this too if you're looking for more colour. If you're looking to make it meaty - chargrilled chicken is a winner.
Enjoy the sunshine, wherever you are!
Ps: Picnic suitcase!