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Who said you can’t make friends with salad

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Do you think of salads as a “just” replacement in a ‘meat and three veg’ meal in warm weather? Have they just become a way to get your important daily veg and fruit intake, but not the most interesting thing on the plate?

We’ve come a long way from the days when salads were just some iceberg lettuce, carrots, celery, tomatoes and maybe a bit of thousand island dressing. A quick online search will reveal the sense that people feel salads need a bit of a reputation make-over, with articles and videos like “5 Ingredients to make your salad more interesting”“10 Ways I make my salads more satisfying”, and “12 Easy tricks to make salad not just a boring bowl of veggies”. These offer fantastic salad ideas, but also make it clear – salads have a bit of an image problem.

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But this is an unfair assessment of what salads are in the 21stcentury. Thanks to decades of immigration and the internationalisation of cuisine, the humble salad can now be the main attraction, not just the dowdy side show.

From the American Cobb Salad, the Italian Tuscan Panzanella, through to an IndonesianGado-gado, there are salad options to meet most dietary and taste preferences. [6]You can travel the world [7]through adding meat, spices, and different exotic ingredients. Think of well-known favourites such as Thai Beef or Thai Chicken Salad.

Adding fruit to a salad is a current hot trend. The January 2019 edition of Coles magazine (available instore or online) [8]includes recipes for tasty “Beetroot, Peach & Walnut” and a “Watermelon and Fetta” salads. Yum.

Adding fruit to a salad is a current hot trend. The January 2019 edition of Coles magazine (available instore or online) includes recipes for tasty “Beetroot, Peach & Walnut” and a “Watermelon and Fetta” salads. Yum.

The key to making salad more than just a bland after-thought, is to experiment with ingredients, spices and dressings, mixing and matching to create something that can be a stand-alone meal, or delicious addition to other foods.

For other fantastic salad ideas try checking out: 50 Salad Dressing Recipes, Taste’s collection of salad recipes, or Jamie Oliver’s principles for superb salads. Or just search for ‘salad recipes’ and work your way through the cornucopia of ideas online!

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