With summer having caught me with my pants firmly up – I still have too much of winter stuck in flabby wobbles around my body – I’ve been doing my usual not-bikini-ready routine: salad and more salad. But salad gets boring. I saw a funny e-card the other day which defined diet food as “food you eat that makes you sad”… this pretty much sums it up for me.
So instead of sinking into the black hole of despair which dieting brings, I’ve trawled the many delicious websites and blogs available and found some wonderful inspiration to keep me on the straight and narrow.
Here’s a scrumptious salad full of lovely things – maybe it won’t top the list of healthiest salads ever, but it’s really very yummy. Which makes it acceptable as diet food in my book.
For this salad you need the following ingredients:
500g waxy potatoes
1 large avocado
3 celery stalks, chopped roughly
2/3 cup roughly chopped nuts – the recipe asks for walnuts, but I prefer pecans (even cashews would work)
2/3 cup sprouts – any nice fresh sprouts will do – I make my own mung bean sprouts because it makes me feel very domesticated and posh, but the shop bought ones are entirely acceptable
80 g creamy blue cheese – if you like strong, by all means.
2 table spoons olive oil
2 table spoons red wine vinegar
1/2 cup mixed fresh herbs, finely chopped – I’ve used flat leaf parsley, coriander, mint and chives
1 teaspoon dark soy sauce
1 clove of garlic, minced
Boil the potatoes in salted water until just done, strain, and cut into wedges when cool
Mix together all the dressing ingredients, season with salt and freshly ground black pepper
Add the potato, celery, cubed or sliced avocado, nuts and blue cheese to your serving bowl or dish, drizzle with the dressing, and sprinkle with sprouts. Enjoy!
Posted with thanks to Kim Coverdale