I confess to being rather a sloppy salad maker, tending to throw whatever raw vegetables happen to be in the fridge together (at the last minute) then adding a splash of Balsamic. Boring, boring!
Yesterday I was listening to a cooking program on radio that I found really interesting. The guest chef talked of combining cooked & raw vegies together in ways that had never occurred to me: For example, steamed pumpkin, or potatoes, combined with raw or wilted baby spinach leaves, with roasted nuts, along with other ingredients I've forgotten. And lots more, using all sorts of herbs& seasonings that I have, but have never use for this purpose.
So, inspired, I tried a "spontaneous salad" last night, consisting of cold cooked pumpkin, some fresh green cooked peas, chives, baby swiss chard & some toasted pined nuts. But I was still stuck for the dressing & resorted to just a smidgeon of Balsamic.
All the same, I really enjoyed it & decided to try a some other combinations.
Any ideas? Preferably not requiring 75 stages of preparation.
I like the idea of delicious, healthy salad meals for summer. And I'm keen to try any inspired varieties of herbs (fresh from my garden) & flavourings. I confess, I'm not too fond of mayonnaise.
Want to share your favourites?