When most people think of salad, they think of the pathetic portion of old lettuce leaves with tomato and cucumber that you get as a ‘side salad’ in some restaurants. People say ‘I hate salad’… Well of course your going to bloody hate salad if you have always eaten really bad salads.
Salad is an amazing way to pack heaps of amazing veggies into one meal and make it super yum at the same time.
Summer Superfood Salad
- 200g sweet potato (can be substituted for beetroot, butternut squash, carrot, or parsnip)
- 1/2 a bag (125g) of cooked mixed quinoa (can be substituted for rice)
- 100g cooked chicken breast (can be substituted for any other meat or fish)
- 1 handful of brocilli
- 1 handful of asparagus
- 1 courgette
- 5 raddishes
- 1/2 cup sprouted mung beans (I sprout my self but you can buy in shops)
- 50g low fat feta cheese (can be substituted for goats cheese or halloumi)
- 1/2 an avocado
- 1tsp cashew butter
- 1tsp harissa paste
- 1tbsp sweet chilli sauce
- 1tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 3tbsp lemon juice
Chop the sweet potato and place on a baking tray with a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Place in a pre heated oven at 160 degrees for approx 1.5 hours.. Turning as cooking. (I like my sweet potato super cooked). When the sweet potato is almost ready you can prep the rest of the salad.
Place the broccoli and the asparagus into a steamer and cook until only just soft. Once cooked place to the side to cool
Spiralize the courgette to make courgetti. If you don’t have a spiralizer you can simply grate the courgette.
Slice the radishes into super thin slices using a peeler or a long grater.
Cut the feta and chicken into little cubes or slices
For the dressing combine all ingredients in a bowl or better a small blender and mix/blend until smooth.
The avocado.. God this bit is hard. If you cut the avocado in half then leaving half in the skin you cut strips to around 3/4 of the way down. You then carefully remove the skin of the avocado and fan the slices out to make it look super pretty. Failing this.. if you don’t care so much how its going to look. Just chop it into cubes.
The quinoa can be hot of cold depending on your preference.
Finally once the sweet potato has cooked, combine the sweet potato, quinoa, broccoli, asparagus, courgetti, radish, mung beans and feta in a bowl and lightly mix being careful not to squish it.
Put the mixed salad onto a plate and top with the chicken and fanned out avocado followed by the dressing.
Try using different greens, different roast veg and different meats. This salad also works well with a satay dressing