Here at Thyme to Feel Alive we feel that salads have an unfair reputation. Often referred to as ‘rabbit food’, many people think of a salad as a bit of soggy lettuce, a tomato and a few slices of cucumber. But salads can be so much more than that!
We love to eat salads regularly throughout the week, and no two salads need to taste the same. When you pack your salads with nutrient-dense food, not only do they taste fantastic, but you will be getting huge amounts of your daily nutrients in one meal.
Although we have called this a superfood salad, these are the ingredients we put in our salad regularly each week, depending on what we have in the fridge!
The word superfood is often criticised, as no single food can offer all the nutrients we need for a healthy body.
However, there is no doubt that some foods come head and shoulders above the others when it comes to their nutrient profile, so we are happy to use the term and encourage you to incorporate superfoods into your diet wherever possible.
Generally speaking, superfoods are foods which are rich in colour e.g. bright red, green or purple. Some of our favourites include berries, leafy greens, tomatoes and beetroot. We suggest that you experiment with different fruits and veg that you may not have tried before and choose a few favourites to incorporate into your salads each week.
Pomegranates are one of our favourite fruits, and they work brilliantly on savoury dishes as well, especially salads. These jewel-like seeds are nutritional powerhouses, and pomegranates are considered one of the healthiest fruits which exist.
They are packed with anti-oxidants and have impressive anti-inflammatory qualities, so should be considered an extremely beneficial addition to any meal. If you have never prepared a pomegranate before, check out this Youtube video on how to prepare them quickly and easily
The wonderful thing about salads is that you can put as many or as few ingredients into them as you wish. We like to pack our salads full of different ingredients, but if you are in the mood for just a simple spinach salad with some peppers and tomatoes, then have that instead!
We would normally have a simpler salad if it is a side dish, but this salad is designed to be a main course in itself, which is why we have packed it full of a variety of nutrient-dense fruits and veg.
This particular salad is vegan, but if you are not vegan you can add cheese (halloumi works well) or a poached egg for extra protein. We often scatter nuts and seeds on our salads, which are a great vegan source of protein and healthy fats.
We think the most important thing about salads is that they taste fantastic! So if you have a favourite vegetable (or fruit) throw it on and let us know in the comments what you added!
Billy and Elaine
- 1 bag salad leaves preferably including spinach, watercress or rocket (or all three!)
- 100g cherry tomatoes halved
- 1 bell pepper any colour, sliced
- 1 red chilli seeds removed, chopped
- 1/4 cup pomegranate seeds
- 1/4 cup olives green and black
- 1 handful fresh herbs of your choice
- 1 avocado sliced
- 1/4 cucumber sliced
- 1 tbsp capers
- 2 tbsp olive oil extra virgin
- 1/2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 tsp mustard english or dijon
- pinch salt and pepper
- Assemble salad ingredients onto a plate or bowl, topping with capers and pomegranate seeds
- Mix together the ingredients for the dressing
- Drizzle the dressing over the salad