Monday, 22 August 2011

Spinach Salad

Happy Monday! :)

I've always shied away from salads. Don't get me wrong - I love my vegetables and I eat a lot of spinach (cooked in efo), carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, tomatoes, cucumbers, etc BUT I prefer them all cooked or steamed. I rarely made salads and when I did, I didn't really enjoy them. I have had some good salads but they weren't prepared by me.

I finally decided to give salads a REAL try last week. I'd seen a spinach salad recipe in my Everyday Paleo cookbook and decided to modify it slightly.

Note: One thing I've learned is washed & packaged small leaf spinach is definitely more edible uncooked than the larger leaf spinach sold in bunches (as in Nigeria).

Spinach Head (Larger leaves)

Smaller leaves


Spinach (1 pack)
1 pack cherry tomatoes
1 Cucumber
1 bunch of Spring onions (1st time trying this, thanks for the tips Matt)
1 Lemon
Egg (to serve)

Spinach Salad
  1. Boil an egg, or two.
  2. Wash and Prepare the vegetables -
    Chop the cherry tomatoes and spring onions. Dice the cucumber.
    Cut the mackerel into small chunks
    (Add any other vegetables of your choice)
  3. Once the egg's boiled, peel and slice in half.
  4. Add the spinach into a large mixing bowl. Add the chopped tomatoes and spring onions (& other veggies of your choice) and toss everything together.
  5.  Add the mackerel and 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil. Toss.
  6. Squeeze a whole lemon into the salad and give it one more toss.
  7. Add a portion to a plate and serve with the egg (s). If you have only one egg, bulk it up with some meat as seen in pictures below:
Served with turkey breasts.

Served with homemade beef burgers and an egg

You can use any leafy vegetables (eg lettuce, kale, etc) you like and play around with the content of the salad. You don't need salad dressing for this, the olive oil and lemon add a nice flavour to it.

Have a nice week :)


aloted said...

Will definitely try this out. thanks for the receipe

Adura said...

Thanks for sharing the picture on Twitter, I'll post here on my blog :)