Salad is something I hated for a long time. We had a broken relationship, built on my lack of trust in lettuce, and it took a lot of time to gain it back.
In the last few years, I have let salad take a firm place in my heart; when I’m on a big health kick, it’s the easiest thing to make after a gym session and makes a delicious meal.
Here are two of my favourite quick salads that are great after a workout
Chicken with Crumbled Feta and Egg.
Yes, I did really try it with that title. This is basically just your regular salad (spinach, diced cucumber, and tomatoes) but with some cheeky additions – avocado (seasoned with salt, pepper and olive oil), crumbled feta cheese, grilled chicken, and a boiled egg.
This salad is not only delicious but also pretty filling. It’s great for people who are just getting started, as you can add something familiar (chicken, feta, egg) with each forkful of spinach (which is definitely not what I did when I first started dieting…)
Mozzarella & Butternut Salad with a Halloumi side.
Again a great starting point – and easy to introduce you to salads that are tasty and healthy! I always use the same three base ingredients (spinach, tomato, and cucumber) but I add different key ingredients so that I don’t get bored.
For this dish, I used diced fresh mozzarella seasoned with oil salt and pepper, as well as butternut squash roasted in the oven with oil, salt, and pepper (my favourite seasoning combo as I’m not too much of a spice girl).
I always roasted some halloumi for this dish, however, I learned the hard way it’s pretty hard to get halloumi right… just persevere!
In my opinion, as long as you have a salad base you can really get creative – cheese is always a good option (I would stick to feta as it’s tasty and healthy), as well as chicken, eggs, sweet potato, butternut, and even peanuts or cashews!
For dressings I make a simple one using balsamic glaze, freshly squeezed lemon juice and honey (manuka or set).