The perfect lunch

Perfect lunch recipe

I love making (and eating) salads; they just look so healthy, colorful and “alive”. I always look for different ways to mix up my salads, I never go by any recipe, just sort of throw together whatever produce I have on hand. That’s what I did last week and created the best salad yet. The avocados give it creaminess, red onion gives it sharp and spicy flavors, green olives add a bit of saltiness while yellow pepper and dried cranberries sweeten it up a bit.

What I used:

1/2 chopped iceberg lettuce
2 handfuls of chopped organic sweet baby lettuce
2 medium tomatoes, diced
1 cucumber, diced
1/2 yellow bell pepper sliced thin
2 medium tomatoes, diced
6 large green stuffed olives, halved
1/4 large red onion sliced thin
1/2 avocado, sliced
handful of cranberries

I  layer all the ingredients in the same order as I listed them above. I prefer not to mix everything together as some of the ingredients tend to settle on the bottom of the bowl. For the dressing, I like to make my own. Usually I just mix about six tablespoons of water with six tablespoons of olive oil, a splash of vinegar, a teaspoon of mustard and add different herbs and spices like dill, powdered onion and garlic, dried chives, dried parsley, sea salt and pepper, which you can obviously adjust to your liking.

healthy salad dressing

Most of the time I have my salad with a baked sweet potato. I preheat the oven to 425F degrees, cut the potato in half, brush it with olive oil, sprinkle some sea salt and pepper on it and let it bake until it’s cooked through. I usually put the potato in the oven right before I make my salad, by the time I’m done preparing the dressing and chopping everything, the potato is ready.

baked potato

Salad

Who else loves salads? I know I can’t be the only one!

Paula xx

  • Great! Now you made me hungry ;-)))
    Looks awesome!

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    • Thank you Stella!

  • Another gorgeous recipe Paula, I love the look of this

  • ^ salad, you’re such an amazing cook! :D

    I never used to like salads, naively assuming they were all ‘lettuce and half a boiled egg’ but now I’m a bit wiser and really adore trying more healthy foods. The other week I had a salad with grilled aubergine parcels which was absolutely delicious!

    Sophie xox

    • Thanks so much Sophie <3

      That sound really delicious! I haven't really made anything with aubergine (or eggplant as we call it here ;) ) yet, except for some eggplant Parmesan dish I used to make when I worked at a bakery many, many years ago. I might give it a try :D

      • That sounds scrummy! :D I like the way you call it eggplant, definitely sounds nicer than aubergine hehe ;) I love it with parmesan cheese, it tastes so nice!! xxx

        • “Eggplant” is also easier to pronounce hehehe :)

  • Ambi

    healthy and yummy :) xx
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  • aaah I want to eat this!