Salad Express: Warm salad – healthy meal in a bowl


A Salad is not just for summer…with a slight chill in the air, we tend to crave comforting and warming foods and tend to say ‘No thanks’ when offered salad as a meal. Well, I would shout out and say that there is a lot more to salads, than the addition of cucumber, onion and tomato, that’s been going on for simply ages. Shall we do a little ‘finding out’ together?

Raid your fridge and you will be surprised at what you find! When I set out on this little adventure, I came across these:

  • A couple of carrots
  • A bag of rocket
  • Some goats cheese
  • A couple of small boiled potatoes

Using the above ingredients, this is the amazing salad I created,

Carrot, rocket and potato – not a traditional combo – but simply divine together!

which was delicious (even though I say so myself!), healthy and a very economical meal. There isn’t really a recipe, do what your heart fancies, but this is what I did with the ingredients:

  • I used a potato peeler, to peel the carrot (it tastes lovely, but not like carrot! honestly!)
  • I sliced and sautéed the potatoes (skin on) on a non stick pan and added black sesame seeds to them while being sautéed
  • In a large white bowl, I threw together some rocket leaves, carrots and potatoes
  • Crumbled over some left over goats cheese 
  • Added some sea salt from a height (not just a gimmick, I am told!) and some freshly ground pepper
  • A drizzle of extra virgin olive oil was then added to the salad

That’s it! All ready to be consumed by hungry stomachs! Before I forget, since I love mayonnaise with just about everything, I always add to my meal (well, place it in a corner of my bowl, plate – so, no one thinks, it’s weird! Technically, I am at an age, where I shouldn’t really care about people, but I do….).and so, I did this time too – the salad was now talking even louder!

I would happily substitute:

  • goats cheese with poached egg
  • carrots with peeled zucchini (in fact peeled carrots and zucchini by itself make a great salad – with a dash of lime and some salt)

You could surely add the following to the salad if you have any in the fridge:

  • sautéed mushrooms
  • sautéed red onions
  • some olives

Really, anything that takes your fancy, ..your meal, your rules ! Would love to hear your changes to this salad!


Shilpa xx

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