Salads are where you can test some seriously bizarre flavour combinations. Like berries and avocado, like feta and watermelon. Sometimes they turn into a fabulous creation, and other times you don’t know where you went wrong if it was the blue berries or the dressing, or maybe you were just missing some texture like chopped walnuts or some sugar snap peas. But if you haven’t already noticed by my unconventional salad creation, is that sometimes these flavour combinations can be the best. Theres also a good chance all you have to do is add goat cheese. Because yummmm.
My Top 4 Favourite Unconventional Salad Ideas:
- Watermelon and Feta Salad. Why wouldn’t you want to pair one of the most delectable refreshing summer fruits with a bunch of salty cheese?
- Broccoli and Cranberry Coleslaw. Toss some florets with Cranberries, Cheddar Cheese, Pecans, Pomegranates and creamy coleslaw dressing.
- Avocado Salad. Avocado, Tomatoes, Onions, Olive Oil, Red Wine Vinegar, Fresh Basil, Sugar Snap Peas.
- Berry and Chick Pea Salad. Recipe is Below.
When most people think about salads they think boring, not filling, and healthy. The only thing true is salads being healthy. Though even this can be untrue. Salad dressings pack a lot of unhealthy fats and contain a lot of calories per serving, at this point you may be better off ordering anything but the salad at a restaurant.
Isn’t that the worst? You go out to eat, find a salad that sounds healthy and think to yourself (this won’t change my weight, it’s good for me, the fat content is low) But instead of that being true, you eat the “Mediterranean Salad” and in the dressing alone is over 100 calories, and over 10 grams of fat. By the time you add protein, the lettuce or spinach, maybe some vegetables and probably eat a few of your friends fries your mouth has been watering for, you could be looking at 800 calories, with over 25 grams of fat. Oh and by the way – that burger you were eying up was only 500 calories. All i’m saying is you should be able to trust the “Healthy Options” on a menu, and if all that crap is hiding in your salad than you need to be able to call a spade a spade.
Here’s how to moderate – it’s quite simple. Don’t be fooled by fast food. If you’re somewhere that makes their own salad dressings thats great, but you could still be partaking in some serious artery clogging. I highly suggest oil and vinegar dressings, using fresh citrus juices, or purees.
Are you out of lettuce? Try my Summer Chickpea Salad
Avocado, Cranberry and Goat Cheese Salad
1/4 Cup of Dehydrated Cranberries
1/3 Cup of Crumbled Goat Cheese
1/4 Cup of Chick Peas
1/4 Cup of Blueberries
3 Cups of Romaine/ Spring Mix/ Spinach
2 Tbsp of Newmans Own Oil and Vinegar Dressing
Toss everything together until combined. Plate and enjoy.