It might not feel like it but Spring officially started yesterday. The nights are slowly getting lighter and I don’t know about you but my cravings for hearty winter dishes are starting to fade. I am not suggesting that we get out the barbecue just yet, but a crisp and fresh Paleo salad is starting to become more appealing and I have been enjoying some great flavour combinations over the past couple of weeks.
I always think that one of the biggest misconceptions about salad is that there has to be loads of lettuce; this is simply not the case. Here I have used fresh coriander leaves mixed with a handful of rocket and spinach as the base for my salad. I personally like the combination of flavours that this produces with the peppery flavour of the rocket and the sweet, citrus tones of the coriander. It is great fun experimenting with flavours and discovering what works best for your palate.
Salads most definitely do not have to be bland. A Paleo salad in particular should be packed full of flavour, nutrients and variety. In this recipe there is a mixture of freshness from the herbs, crispness of the apple and the unique bitter/sweet flavour of pomegranate. To mix it up a little more there is some residual heat coming through from the chilli and also the Dijon mustard dressing which brings all the flavours together. For me, it is packed full of flavour and textures and is just the sort of thing I like to throw together when I need a nutrient boost. It is packed full of goodness and gets you well on your way to 5-a-day.
How to get a Paleo salad right…
One thing I cannot stand, whether Paleo or not, is the limp and lifeless salads that you get in so many cafes and restaurants. It drives me crazy as it is such a waste. It takes just a small amount of thought and little bit of effort to make a salad a truly delicious meal. A Paleo salad can be a truly tasty and satisfying meal which will by no means leave you feeling deprived. Unfortunately limp iceberg lettuce and soggy cherry tomatoes with an overpowering oily dressing seem to be the norm for many places.
In reality, a salad can be a flavour explosion incorporating a whole host of ingredients; vegetables, herbs, meat, fish, spices, fruit, nuts, seeds and eggs are all perfect ingredients for your Paleo salad and you are only limited by your imagination and that’s before you even contemplate what you can rustle up for the dressing! For tips on how to liven up your salad take a look at my blog How to Make the Perfect Paleo Salad which gives you loads of ideas as well as some inspiration for Paleo friendly dressings.
This salad can be served as a lunch dish on its own or as a side dish to a main course. It would work well with meat or fish; I would personally recommend as a flavoursome side to a big juicy steak. If you wanted to take this to work as a packed lunch then just drizzle a little lemon juice over the apple when packing in the morning or slice just before eating if you can. I would also recommend carrying the dressing separately to maintain maximum freshness for the salad.
Servings: 2 people
- For the salad:
- 1 bunch coriander, leaves only
- 1 handful rocket
- 1 handful spinach leaves
- 50g pomegranate seeds
- 2 tbsp flaked almonds
- 6 spring onions, chopped
- 2 red chillies, chopped
- 1 green apple, thinly sliced
- For the dressing:
- 2 tbsp walnut oil
- 1 tsp Dijon mustard
- 1 tbsp cider vinegar
- Pinch of flaked sea salt
- Mix the salad ingredients together in a large bowl.
- In a separate bowl mix together the dressing ingredients.
- Plate up the salad and drizzle over the dressing to taste.
- Serve as a side salad or a light and nutritious lunch.
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