Before I went to uni I had a super fast metabolism and never really had to watch what I ate. During this time, I would have turned my noes up at the idea of a salad. A plate full of veg and lettuce did nothing for my huge appetite and it was an area of cusine that I never really explored. Since discovering the concept of healthy eating, salads now play a huge part in my day to day life and I have realised that there is a lot more to them than just ‘veg and lettuce’.
The possibilities are endless. Some of my favourite things to use in salads are humous, beans and pulses, sweet potato, quinoa, feta, avocado… In fact this list could go on forever! I do love to experiment with different things though.
So, here is a little recipe that I recently tried and loved! It is a combination of grilled goats cheese, avocado and peaches with blueberries and balsamic. I love using fruit in a salad as they add some sweetness and feel incredibly summery!
Although I said salad is much more than just lettuce, I love preparing it with a good bed of leaves. Florette do some great different bags of lettuce and in this case I used the Classic Crispy selection.
I then chopped up a couple of peaches, half an avocado and some goats cheese and popped them under the grill until they started to look a bit brown around the edges. Grilling avocado actually gives it a really different taste. I love raw avocado but I really like the slightly altered taste, created by grilling it.
Oh and did I mention, as well as salads being so incredibly versatile and the possibilities endless, they often literally take just a few minutes to whip up!
So after my ingredient was grilled through, I just combined it all together, sprinkled on some blueberries and pumpkin seeds and drizzled on the balsamic to finish it off.
Pour youself a glass of wine and enjoy a delicious and light evening meal.
What is nice about this salad is that it’s warm so makes a great meal for dinner!
Sometimes I like to see what I can come up with depending on what’s in the fridge whereas other times, I like to look up a good recipe. Florette have some great salad recipes ideas on their site if you’re in need of some inspiration.
What salad recipes do you like? What are some of your fave ingredients?
*In collaboration with Florette