Salads are great for a light meal when the days are hot and all you need is something refreshing.
Most salad recipes contain the following ingredients: cucumber, tomatoes, onions, peppers, a protein like boiled eggs or chicken strips, and salad leaves. There is a wide variety of salad leaves on the market, and unique leaves add an extra ‘zing’ to any ordinary salad. Read about different salad leaves and how you can add them to make those salad recipes extra special.
This leaf is highly nutritious and great to mix with other salad leaves. Watercress is a member of the mustard family which gives it its light peppery flavour. When served raw in a salad, it compliments strong flavoured meats, like game.
Herbs are great to season food and fresh whole-leafed herbs can add a spectacular finish to a salad. Some ideas for herbs in salads:
- Add mint to a watermelon and feta salad.
- Add basil to a tomato and mozzarella salad.
- Chop up chives and add to a Cesar salad.
Ice Berg Lettuce
An ice berg lettuce has crisp leaves that leave a refreshing taste behind. These leaves often stay fresher for longer when compared to other types of lettuce and are low in saturated fat and cholesterol. A lot of salad recipes use this salad leaf.
This leaf is also amongst the most popular for salads, as baby spinach is tender (unlike regular spinach), and has a bold flavour. The dark green adds a beautiful colour and this leaf contains iron, antioxidants, minerals, plant-derived omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin C, K and many of the vitamin B's. Looking for healthy dinner ideas? Start by adding spinach to your salads.