I love to eat vegetables but not too keen on salads. I mean I would still eat but not everyday. I love my quick stir fried vegetables. That’s because I was brought up that way. Almost all the salad that I had tried comes with a creamy dressing. It’s delicious but I won’t eat it everyday. Well everything changed ever since I made the Thai Beef Salad. I have been eating salad EVERYDAY! But don’t get me wrong. I still eat some cooked vegetables.
I am so excited about my new found joy that I just have to spread this healthy craziness around. I have been sharing with my friends especially those who have health problems or wanting to lose weight. I invited some over to my home and I serve them salad as a main meal. They liked it very much. I really hope it doesn’t stop there but that they will go home and start making their own salad. I will check it out with them soon.
Eating raw salad is very beneficial to our health because when vegetables are not cooked, the enzymes remain much alive and bring much benefit to our body. They provide good fibre too. I remember a friend of mine was cured of constipation after she started eating salad everyday. I remember reading somewhere that raw vegetables act like a brush while cooked vegetables act like a mop. A brush cleans better than a mop.
Making salad is very simple, easy and quick, something which I have never thought of before. All you need are:
1. A good dressing
For me, the most important is the dressing. My best is still the dressing for my Thai Beef Salad. To make it a healthier dressing, I have changed the normal olive oil to a cold pressed extra virgin olive oil. I got mine from Asda. And to make my life easier, I make more to last me 2-3 days. I bought another bottle yesterday, from Costco. The brand is Kirkland and it comes in a dark 1 litre bottle. Reading the information at the back, it is also cold pressed, just what I want.
Pure olive oil is a very high quality oil, very beneficial to our health, best if it’s cold pressed. Our body needs good quality oil like olive oil, sesame oil, virgin coconut oil and flaxseed oil.
I use unrefined sugar in this dressing. Unrefined sugar is better for health than refined sugar. The same applies to salt. Sea salt is far more superior to table salt. Table salt is harmful to our health. I would like to try with honey one day to replace sugar. Manuka honey is the best.
2. Leafy salad vegetables and herbs
Here in UK, making salad is made simpler by lots of ready washed vegetables in packets. Costco sells big packets which is more economical. For a start, I would suggest going for smaller packets first. I did that. I always have a few packets in my fridge, some with herbs added.
Making croutons is easy. The easiest would be oven baked but then they can turn out hard and crisp. But when drizzled over with the dressing, they are very delicious. Go for this one if your teeth need some exercise….*grin*. It’s very therapeutic to hear all the loud crunch….*smiles*. I still prefer the pan fried ones that are chewy and very flavourful, especially with the butter (picture here). And if you don’t want to smell like garlic everyday, I suggest that you make a few days supply in one go and then run for a quick shower…..*wink*
But for a healthier version, use olive oil (not extra virgin olive oil as it is not stable under heat). I go for a mixture of butter and olive oil sometimes.
4. Other vegetables
I love to add baby tomatoes. It adds colour to the salad and I love the sweet taste and its juiciness. I also boil beet root to add in (cut into smaller pieces). You can also add in boiled potatoes. Sometimes I do that. You can also add in some pan fried tofu if you like. I don’t use it because it’s inconvenient for me as it is not always available here. Of course you can also use steamed vegetables like green beans, baby corn, carrots, etc but then I prefer my salad raw if possible. Beans (cooked) and nuts would be a good addition but my children don’t like nuts added. Edamame (green soya beans) would be a great addition.
5. Meat and fish
If you want it fully vegetarian, you can omit this. But I like to add some meat into my salad sometimes. I still like the meat seasoned with Schwartz Steakhouse seasoning. It’s so simple and easy and yet so delicious. Just sprinkle the seasoning over the meat or fish, pan fry it and keep it in the fridge when it has cooled down. Slice the meat into strips and add to the salad any time you need some.
You can cook the same way for fish. As for the fish, you can just break into pieces with your hand. You can use any fish. I prefer to use wild Alaskan salmon because they are one of the best fish in terms of nutrients and comes from one of the least polluted waters. I must say the best seasoning that I have found is still the Schwartz steakhouse seasoning. It’s so easy to use and gives great taste. My top picture is my salad with wild Alaskan salmon.
You can also add poached egg if you don’t like to add meat or fish into your salad. I like it. The picture right here above with the poached egg was my lunch.
Well, the above are the ingredients that I have been using. They are enough to create many types of salad. It’s really so fun and so easy to make salad. I wish I had learned it long time ago. It’s not too late for you if you have not tried. I am sure you can come out with lots more types of salad. However, do chew your salad well, more so if you have poor digestive system.
Salad For Weight Lose
If you want to lose weight, I would recommend that you eat this as a main meal and put less of the carbohydrate like croutons and potatoes. Maybe put less sugar into the dressing, too. A friend of mine just told me last week that she lost 7 lbs in 2 weeks by just eating right. Not starving. But eating the right food the right way. Her breakfast is oat with fruits and nuts. Lunch is salad and finally a good, light dinner but no carbohydrate after 6pm. She also goes for walks on most days, after returning home from work. To me, that’s very inspirational! I admire her determination. She is just so happy. She said that when she takes salad for lunch she doesn’t feel heavy and sleepy and can concentrate on her work. I am so happy for her.
Oh yes, it’s quite sometime my little 4 year old friend, Ellie, had not come to my house. She came the other day. I cooked vermicelli for her and she liked it. I made this salad, salmon salad with beet root, here for lunch with her mom and another friend. They liked it very much. Each one of us had a big portion. We were so full and satisfied that we didn’t mind not having dessert.
And see what Ellie drew for me……so sweet of her!! She drew it while we were chatting away. I am blown away by her drawing….just simply amazing from a 4 year old! The picture from left to right are:
Daddy, Ellie, Mommy, Aunty Christine (the other friend) and Aunty Mary (me). She said we were playing football. Football??? I forgot to tell her that I play badminton….haha. And there clinging to her front was her Minnie Mouse. She came with a big, lovely Minnie Mouse soft toy. My friend wears spectacles and she even drew that! I really love this picture…..SO CUTE!!
Well, that’s so much about salad for this post until I learn more. I would love to hear what salad you made. Hope you are eating more healthy food and going for regular exercise, too.
Quote of the day……
“We are indeed much more than what we eat, but what we eat can nevertheless help us to be much more than what we are.”
- Adele Davis
Keep Learning Keep Smiling