My Three Fave Salads Right Now

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I’m writing this post after a 12-hour working day and I think I’ve gone a bit blind and can someone bring me a double cheeseburger and maybe a Diet Coke and a Cadbury’s caramel egg?

THANKS BOO TINGS.

So, err, salads. I’ve become quite the salad queen of 2016, mostly because I don’t really want to have an obese BMI anymore. It got a bit boring y’know?

So these are a few ideas in case you too are on some heinous health kick and have run out of ideas and want to weep into your Primark pyjamas every time you open the fridge because OH MY GOD WHY DOES CAMEMBERT HAVE TO HAVE FUCKING CALORIES IN IT.

I hear you, girl. I hear you. I really bladdy hear you.

These are my current faves, mostly because they taste of things that aren’t leaves and that’s always a dandy bonus when you’re calorie counting but have had the day from hell because it rained. And your bank balance was £100 lower than you expected. AND you got this one email and you can’t tell if the person who sent it was annoyed at you because there was a suspect exclamation mark at the end.

So yeah, dreamy, tasty salads are GO.

 

TOMATO, FETA & BASIL

Oh sweet bubba, such a classic trio.

I actually discovered this combo whilst making a date night stuffed chicken recipe from Jamie Oliver a few weeks back, whilst I was scoffing the leftover ‘stuffing’.

Basically 5 sundried tomatoes per person, chopped up with torn fresh basil leaves and the zest of half a lemon. Crumble in about 30g of feta cheese per person, mix all together and serve over rocket (or any other) salad leaves.

Add a grilled chicken breast for extra protein (and y’know, to stop you feeling hangry 37 minutes later). Or, do what I’ve started doing and slice a chicken breast and put it on a medium heat in a frying pan with no oil. Crumple up some greaseproof paper under the cold water tap and then make your chicken a kind of tent roof/lid in the pan. It keeps it ridiculously moist (LOL) because it keeps the heat and moisture in and means it cooks through without burning on the outside. Mind. blown.

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CHICKEN SATAY

Yeah yeah, alright, this is me turning my staple weekday meal into a sexy salad to make it a *bit* healthier.

And yeah sure OK, it’s also based very loosely on a Jamie Oliver recipe. Anyone would think I have some sort of raging crush.

Basically, dice up a chicken breast and put it in a little oven proof dish. Then mix up a big ol’ tablespoon of crunchy peanut butter with the juice from half a lime (if you’re making the meal for one), and a good hearty splash of soy sauce. It takes a stupidly long amount of mixing for the peanut butter to combine with the thinner liquids, but just keep at it and then coat your chicken in it and pop under the grill.

Turn it every few minutes as the peanut butter will start to burn and turn golden pretty bladdy quickly.

For the salad it’s up to you – anything crunchy goes: lettuce, onion, carrots, cabbage, peppers or, the cheat way of doing it, using a stir fry mix from Tesco.

I heated mine up for two minutes to make it warm but still mega crunchy and then added an extra squeeze of lime to it before topping with the hot, sticky, peanut-y chicken. Oh boy.

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BEETROOT AND FETA

Uh huh, two feta recipes, I am OUT OF CONTROL.

This was inspired by a dish I ate at Muriel’s Kitchen in Soho, so there ya go.

Finely chop a third of a red cabbage with 3-4 beetroots (pickled in vinegar obvs, mmmmm), and add in one small grated apple and a hearty squeeze of lemon. Then crumble over feta and hello SALAD DONE.

If you fancy and wanna make a schnitzel from scratch that’s a-OK and if you want your lunch to be as pain-free as possible because mate, you have a date with the sofa and Grey’s Anatomy, then chuck a frozen breadcrumbed chicken fillet in the oven. Yeah, yeah alright, it’s not technically ‘clean’, but it’s low in cals and fat and transforms this salad into a complete babe station.

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Now come on, give me some healthy food inspo to get me through February – what are your fave salad combos?

  • Jen

    These all look delish, I have some chicken defrosting for tonight’s dinner so I’ll be having a go at one of these.
    Fave salad combo- salmon, red onion, bell peppers, lettuce, and a splash of balsamic/olive oil. Simple but lush.
    Also, stir frys are always a winner. Try chucking a handful of curly kale in the next one you make, it’s a game changer!

  • Katie

    Halloumi and chicken salad with a smidge of sweet chilli sauce, you’re welcome x

  • Erin kirtley

    That peanut chicken looks insane. My favourite salad is a chicken, avocado and mango chutney salad. Its unreal. 👌🏼

  • Kate

    I need the satay one in my life. Need. Who even am I any more? Mission: convince the boyfriend he will enjoy a salad is GO. My favorite salad (read: one of the very few salads I’ve made that by some sheer coincidence happened to be really nice too) consists of roasted cherry tomatoes (or fork out for sugardrop ones if you can bring yourself to spend ore than £1 on tomatoes), garlic croutons (make them yourself – olive oil, cubed white bread, garlic powder, whack in the oven for 10 mins or so), bacon because obvs, cheese (go nuts) and a whole load of leaves under an amaze balsamic dressing. Other option is slimming world’s ‘big Mac in a bowl’ – get your mince, lettuce, cheese, tomato, sauce, bacon, any other ingredients you enjoy, mix it up in a big bowl and pretend you’re eating a burger.

  • Hannah

    My go to is spinach, chorizo, halloumi, chopped up roasted asparagus and baslamic. oh mumma.

  • I love the Chicken Satay salad Hannah. Definitely going to try it out. Thanks for the recipes. x

  • I put all my healthy recipes in one big ‘ol post http://www.catherinesprunt.com/2016/01/healthy-recipes-to-start-2016.html. Love seeing how colourful they all are together! Definitely some winners in there 😉

    • p.s. that Jamie Oliver satay recipe is THE DREAM. It’s my go-to with the noodle salad and lettuce cups from the 30 Minute Meals book x

  • These all look so yummy, especially the first one. I think I would swap the chicken for quorn as I’m veggie but thanks for the ideas x

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  • I’m craving chicken so badly now. The tomato, feta and basil sounds perfect too, makes my salad of the day seem pretty boring! My go-to at the moment is red onion, tuna and butter beans all mixed in with salad leaves. A little dressing on top if I feel like it!

    x
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  • Oh god that chicken satay looks amazing! x

  • Ooh that chicken satay one sounds incredible. Thanks Hannah! x

  • Seriously crushing on your food photography right now! I like to make mine kinda warm – cook up kale, garlic, onion, bell pepper and a chili. Put a nice grilled chicken over the top. Delish!
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  • Liv

    They all looks so yum and delicious!! I need to try out a few of these recipes. Thanks for sharing!..xx

  • I love feta in a salad! These all look so tasty 🙂
    -Morgan x | http://www.justmorgs.com

  • Helenka

    Just made what I think might be the best salad I have ever made…
    It was meant to have giant couscous which is lush in it but budgins didn’t have it… Grrr!
    So here it goes
    Half a small bag of pasta
    One butter nut squash peeled , deseeded and diced
    2 stems of fresh mint
    Half a lemon
    1 pomegranate
    1/3 tea spoon of chilli flakes
    2 glyphs of olive oil

    Pre heat oven to 200 degrees/6 chuck squash in a tray with a splash of olive oil and the chilli flakes. Making sure it’s coated. Cook for 30-40 mins

    Cook pasta in salt water for roughly ten mins till they are as soft as u prefer

    Leave both squash and pasta to cool. Chuck in a large bowl. Add pomegranate seeds. And another small splash of olive oil and a pinch of sea salt.

    Just before serving squeeze the lemon juice over the salad and break of the mint leaves into the salad.

    Add broken walnuts to the mix if your not allergic.

    Enjoy xxx

  • Oh mumma, that second salad looks divine. Get in ma belly!

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  • Caz

    The tomato, feta and basil salad sounds amazing! I’ve been loving chicken, avocado and spinach with a bit of balsamic dressing recently 🙂

    Caz | This is Caz

  • Seriously crushing on a lot of your posts right now.
    And that chicken satay salad looks almost as good as a cheeseburger….almost…and maybe I’d still have the diet coke.
    Excited to try some of these!

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