This salad is dead easy (as salads mostly are!) and the thing I like about this one is that it is delicious as a cold or warm salad.
I often have it warm the first time I eat it by adding the rice/quinoa or cauliflower florets just after cooking. Then I have the leftovers for lunch or dinner once it has been in the fridge.
It's so yummy this way as well. My love of salads keeps them in my diet even as the weather starts to cool down, so warm salads are the ticket!
For warm salads - add roast vegetables just out of the oven or cooked brown rice/quinoa/cauliflower florets to your leafy greens, crumble in some feta, add some chopped nuts and seeds, your other favourite salad ingredients and even whack in some protein like boiled egg, tuna, shredded chicken, crispy bacon...you get the drift!
Warm salads are the bomb and a great way to get your raw salad ingredients into you even when the weather is cooler. Eating cooked, warm vegetables does tend to suit most bodies better once the weather is cooling down but I always like to keep raw ingredients in my diet (even if it's much more minimal compared to the warmer months when I basically live on raw salads and protein).
Ok, so now for the 'Healthy Handful Salad'!
It's named for the amounts I throw in of course and it has so much goodness, it is literally bursting with healthy ingredients. 🙂
It's also gluten free, dairy free, nut free, egg free and can be grain free if using cauliflower.
2 handfuls of cooked brown rice /quinoa or lightly pan fried cauliflower florets for grain free option
a handful of desiccated coconut
a handful of currants or sultanas
a handful of pepitas
a handful of sunflower seeds
a handful of chopped celery
a handful of chopped red onion
a handful of chopped snow peas
and 1 whole carrot, grated
a handful of a chopped fresh herbs - I have made this with mint, parsley, coriander and with garlic chives (they all work)
How to make and dress!
Toss all ingredients in a bowl with a splash of lemon juice or apple cider vinegar, 1-2 crushed cloves of garlic, good quality salt to taste and a few generous glugs of extra virgin olive oil and you're good to go!
When re-heating left-overs, just pan fry quickly in some coconut oil for a lovely bit of extra coconutty taste.
Try another very yummy warm salad that we eat all year round - Bad Boy Layered Salad with Haloumi, Chicken and Roast Veg.
Do you have a favourite warm salad that you'd like to share with me?
I love SALADS!!!!
Yours in Health